Will Zalatoris burst onto the world stage with a runner-up finish at the 2021 Masters, where he finished only one stroke behind Hideki Matsuyama.
He was making his debut and as a result of his performance, he moved into the game’s top 30 - a climb of more than 500 places in little over a year.
He tied for sixth in the previous year’s U.S. Open – that included a hole-in-one - and when he was joint eighth at his first PGA Championship a month after Augusta he was suddenly one of the main attractions at Royal St George's.
Despite an opening 69, however, his maiden Open ended there because of back trouble. “I’m beyond disappointed,” he said.
Followed in the footsteps of Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth, Johnny Miller, David Duval and Gay Brewer by becoming U.S. junior champion in 2014 and three years later was a teammate of Collin Morikawa and Scottie Scheffler in America’s 19-7 Walker Cup victory over Britain and Ireland in Los Angeles, winning three points out of four.
Like Arnold Palmer, Curtis Strange, Lanny Wadkins and Webb Simpson attended Wake Forest College before turning professional in 2018. Earned his place at the 2020 U.S. Open as leader of the second tier Korn Ferry Tour.