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PGA Tour: Five potential breakout stars in 2024 including Min Woo Lee

The PGA Tour returns this week with the Sentry event at the Plantation Course in Kapalua, Hawaii, which marks the beginning of the 36-tournament FedEx Cup campaign culminating at the Tour Championship in August.

While golf's heavyweights will be fighting it out for the FedEx riches, others will be looking to make a significant impact for the first time and we've picked out five players to follow on the PGA Tour in 2024.

Min Woo Lee

The highest-ranked player on our list has already showcased his talents Stateside but, with full PGA Tour playing rights now locked up for the first time, this could be the year when Min Woo Lee's promising career really starts to lift off.

The 25-year-old Australian begins the season ranked a career-high 33th in the world after signing off a fruitful 2023 DP World Tour campaign with a triumph at the Australian PGA Championship and a third-place finish in the Australian Open.

Lee, a three-time DP World Tour champion who also won the Macao Open on the Asian Tour in October, demonstrated an ability to compete with golf's elite when finishing sixth at the Players Championship in March while two more PGA Tour top-ten finishes followed at the Travelers Championship and Zozo Championship.

And while the Aussie ace missed the cut at the Masters in April, he was a respectable 18th at the US PGA Championship the following month before finishing fifth behind Wyndham Clark at the US Open.

Blessed with effortless power, shot-shaping ability and magnificent touch around the greens, Lee looks a future top-ten player in the making and a PGA Tour win could come sooner rather than later.

Eric Cole

Eric Cole did everything but win a PGA Tour title in a remarkable rookie campaign and while prodigious Swede Ludvig Aberg could well pip him to the 2023 Rookie of the Year award, the 35-year-old Californian would be a worthy winner in any other year.

As his age suggests, success has not been immediate for Cole, who was forced to grind out a living on mini-tour circuits before finally realising his ambition of becoming a PGA Tour member when finishing third in the 2022 Korn Ferry Tour Championship.

Since then, Cole's career has taken off - he's risen from 426th in the world at the beginning of the 2022-23 season to 41st at the start of the 2024 campaign, which will earn him an invite to all four Majors.

He picked up seven top-ten finishes last season, including an agonising playoff defeat in the Honda Classic and another runner-up finish behind runaway Zozo winner Collin Morikawa, and it would come as no surprise if he sheds his maiden tag this season.

Pierceson Coody

The Coody twins, Pierceson and Parker, have long been touted as future stars and both could easily have made this list although it could be the former who has the more successful 2024 campaign.

Born into golfing royalty as the grandsons of 1971 Masters champion Charles Coody, both twins locked up 2024 PGA Tour cards via the Korn Ferry Tour with Pierceson winning titles at the Panama Championship and the Price Cutter Charity Championship.

A crisp ball-striker, Coody's game has been described as PGA Tour-ready and while he'll be keen to improve his consistency, the Texan has already demonstrated an ability to handle the step up with a 14th-place finish at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Gordon Sargent

The 2023 campaign of the aforementioned Aberg laid out a blueprint for a college star to make an immediate PGA Tour impact and Gordon Sargent could well do the same should he decide to turn professional later this season.

Sargent, the world no.1 amateur, has wrapped up PGA Tour playing rights via the University Accelerated program but he is not eligible to accept his membership until the end of May and there is a chance he will remain in college for an additional year.

However, the lure of the PGA Tour is likely to prove too strong and Sargent, who hits the ball a mile off the tee, has shown himself capable of competing in elite company by making the cut at the US Open and the John Deere Classic in four 2023 starts.

Adrien Dumont de Chassart

You've got to be good to win on professional debut and that's exactly what Adrian Dumont de Chassart did when prevailing in a playoff at the Korn Ferry Tour's BMW Charity Pro-Am.

Another college star who reached the top ten of the amateur rankings, Belgian ace Dumont de Chassart would then prove that his performance was no fluke by finishing second, eighth, sixth, seventh and tenth in his next five Korn Ferry Tour starts, prompting some to call for his unlikely inclusion in the European Ryder Cup team.

His form tailed off towards the end of the KFT season but the 23-year-old Walloon looks a real talent who could soon make a name for himself among the big boys.

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