No sooner has the curtain come down on the DP World Tour season with Nicolai Hojgaard’s victory at the Tour Championship that hopefuls are already planning their assaults on 2024 in the hope of making a great impression.
Ludvig Aberg, who won on the PGA Tour at the RSM Classic last week, took the golf world by storm in 2023 to earn a place in the European Ryder Cup team, so who will be the next player to follow in the Swede’s footsteps?
Here are five young players who could be destined for big things on the DP World Tour in 2024.
It is difficult to make your way in the game when your elder brother is already a Major winner, but Alex Fitzpatrick is making a few waves as he looks to emulate 2022 US Open champion Matt and battle it out for golf’s biggest prizes.
Fitzpatrick junior, who was 14th in strokes-gained on approach on the DP World Tour last year, won the British Challenge on the Challenge Tour at the beginning of August, after finishing a creditable 17th at The Open at Hoylake in an effort that included an impressive third-round 65.
Those showings became a springboard for other fine performances as he was second at the ISPS Handa Invitational in Northern Ireland on the DP World Tour and then tied for fifth, one shot behind his brother, at the European Masters.
Fitzpatrick, who will be 25 on 2nd January, is 150/1 to win The Open Championship in 2024 and who is to say he and Matt will not emulate Edoardo and Francesco Molinari and become another set of brothers to represent Europe at the Ryder Cup one day.
Northern Ireland’s Tom McKibbin has been earmarked for stardom ever since he won the World Under-12 Championship and he has had plenty of guidance from another member of HOlywood Golf Club, Rory McIlroy in the early stages of his career.
It seems to have done the trick as, at the age of 20, he has already tasted victory on the DP World Tour, claiming a two-shot victory at the European Open in June.
McKibbin had finished sixth in the Challenge Tour Grand Final in 2022 and his tenth place in the Race to Mallorca standings was enough to punch his DPWT ticket.
He was also ninth at the Qatar Masters last month and despite his tender age, it seems likely he will continue to make great progress in 2024. He can backed at 25/1 to retain the title in the Porsche European Open in 2024.
While McKibbin will be 21 on 29th December, South African Casey Jarvis has another six months before he reaches that milestone and his progress appears to be on a similar trajectory.
He was also voted Sunshine Tour rookie of the year in 2022, finishing runner-up in both the South Africa PGA Championship and the Tour Championship.
Jarvis then went on to shoot 59 in the Stella Artois Players Championship and his Sunshine performances were enough to earn him places in Challenge Tour events.
He went on to finish second at the Copenhagen and Czech events at that level before winning the Euram Bank Open in July and he is a 40/1 shot to win the Joburg Open this week where he was ninth at Houghton Golf Club last year.
Finishing second in the Road to Mallorca standings earned him his DPWT card and big things will be expected in 2024.
At 24, Dan Bradbury has already tasted victory at DPWT level and he is 18/1 to successfully defend his Joburg Open title this week.
The Wakefield swinger heads into the new campaign in excellent form, having finished sixth at the Spanish Open, 13th at the Andalucia Masters, fifth at the Nedbank Challenge and 17th at the DP World Tour Championship.
He has reached a career-high ranking of 187th in the world and it would be a big surprise if he did not continue to make further inroads to rise up the charts.
Frenchman Tom Vaillant, who will be 22 in December, is another player to keep a close eye on.
His rise has been strong over the last couple of seasons as he won twice on the Alpine Tour in 2022 before making the successful step up to the Challenge Tour.
Vaillant was second at the British Challenge and posted a similar finish behind Marco Penge at the Grand Final.
He faded on that occasion with a disappointing closing 74, but he should have learned a great deal from the experience and there is potential for him to make a big impression.
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