Swing Se­quence: Ben An

Golf Digest (Malaysia) - - Contents 01/18 - BY RON KASPRISKE

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.

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