Swing Sequence: Ben An
Byeong Hun (Ben) An is a name you probably should know. Not just for the fact that in 2009, at 17, he became the youngest U.S. Amateur champion. And not because he won the 2015 BMW PGA Championship on the European Tour with a record score of 21 under par. Remember Big Ben because, now in his second full season on the PGA Tour, he’s on the verge of becoming one of the game’s elite players, says his coach, David Leadbetter. “Definitely one to watch,” says Leadbetter, who started working with the Koreanborn golfer in 2005 when An’s family moved to Florida. “He knows it’s within his power to play world-class golf.”
Ranked 76th in the world through October 2017, An can use his size (6-foot-2, 210 pounds) to overpower many golf courses. Though his putting needs improvement—he ranked 172nd on tour in 2017 in the strokes gained/putting stat—there’s enough potential that An is drawing some comparisons to other brawny golfers in their mid 20s, such as Brooks Koepka and Hideki Matsuyama. “He really does have a great all-around game,” Leadbetter says.