Young Superstars

Meet the latest generation of Lexus-sponsored golfers.

Posted: Sep 2, 2016

Moving upward in the world takes talent, smarts, and no small amount of courage, and in many ways, Lexus ownership symbolizes your possession of these qualities.

It’s with this in mind that Lexus has partnered with some of the world’s top under-30 pro golfers, an upwardly mobile group that most definitely embodies the talent, smarts, and courage it requires to ascend to the top of the golfing world:

Jason Day
Lexus partner since: 2011
We could tell you all about Jason Day’s long list of victories, such as the 2015 PGA Championship. We could also tell you all about his incredible stats, such as winning that 2015 PGA Championship by setting a new record as the first player to finish at 20 under par in a major. Instead, we’ll just mention his crowning professional achievement so far: getting ranked No. 1 in the world at age 27. Enough said.

Lexi Thompson
Lexus partner since: 2016
In September 2011, at age 16, Lexi Thompson made history by winning the Navistar LPGA Classic, which at the time made her the youngest winner in tour history. She then successfully petitioned the LPGA Tour to grant her membership before the usual age of 18—and immediately established herself as one of the most recognizable, longest-hitting, and toughest stars in the game (she once conducted a Golf Digest interview while boxing with the journalist).

Lydia Ko
Lexus partner since: 2016
Even non-golfers will recognize superstar Lydia Ko as the women’s golf silver medalist at the 2016 Rio Olympics. But that’s no surprise to those who’ve followed her career: In 2012, Ko was—at age 15—the youngest person to win both a pro golf event and an LPGA Tour event, and in August of 2013 she became the only amateur to win two LPGA Tour events. Less than two years later, after turning pro, she became the youngest player in golf history (male or female) to be ranked No. 1 in the world.

Billy Horschel
Lexus partner since: 2015
A four-time All-American athlete, Horschel is a Mr. Top 10 talent: he earned eight professional top-10 finishes in 2013, placing third at the Valero Texas Open, second at the Shell Houston Open, and first at the Zurich Classic. In 2014, he captured eight additional top-10 finishes, and during the 2014–2015 PGA Tour season, Billy continued with more top-10 finishes, including finishing third at the Valero Texas Open.

Bryan Bros
Lexus partners since: 2015
What can we say about the Bryan Bros? In addition to their status as respected pro-tour talents, these brothers have become major golf ambassadors thanks to their astounding, incredibly precise trick-shots, which they post on YouTube for their massive fan base. Just a few highlights: sinking ground shots from stadium roofs, nailing 150-plus-yard shots into floating canoes, and chipping GoPro cameras into the holes (providing what just may be the world’s first view of the game from the golf ball’s perspective).

Jamie Sadlowski
Lexus partner since: 2013
What does Jamie Sadlowski have in common with your Lexus? Incredible power. A former junior hockey player, Sadlowski excels in the sport of professional long drive, where, as the name implies, competitors vie to hit the ball the farthest, with drives averaging around 350 yards (for comparison, top PGA Tour power players tend to average around 300 yards). With too many victories and championships to list here, Sadlowksi became an Internet sensation when he drove a hole through a Golf Channel simulator while making an appearance on a show.

Patrick Cantlay
Lexus partner since: 2015
One of the youngest Lexus-sponsored athletes, Cantlay was ranked as the world’s No. 1 amateur for a record 55 weeks; he also set a record for the lowest round ever for a PGA Tour amateur (shooting a 60 at the 2011 Travelers Championship). Now a rising pro (both as a member of the PGA Tour and Tour), he earned his first professional victory at the 2013 Colombia Championship and, battling a severe back injury, finished runner-up at the 2013 Hotel Fitness Championship. His success on the Tour earned him PGA Tour status, where he made his rookie debut in 2014.

By Brian Gill