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Classic golfers discuss evolution of sport

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WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS (WVVA) - While the game of golf hasn't really changed, the way the sport itself is played has evolved a lot in the last several years.

Between technology used in clubs to weight training to build muscle, preparing for an event is much different than it used to be.

And players of all ages are taking notice.

49-year-old Jeff Maggert is one of the older and more experienced players at the Greenbrier Classic. But that doesn't give him an advantage.

"The tour has changed so much in the last 10, 15 years, there's so many good young players, guys in their early to mid 20s that are hitting it 400 yards, about 100 yards past me," Maggert said.

The emergence of young golfers has become prominent, especially this year.

Prompting players like 19-year-old Jordan Spieth to fight for a chance to win this event.

"I turned pro early because I'd be able to have starts on tour and play well," Spieth said. "So I knew if I could practice hard and prepare the right way, and have my game, I'd be able to compete."

"I played with (Spieth) growing up with golf in college," said pro Michael Kim, "so it's awesome to see and it puts a little more hope and confidence in us."

Spieth and Kim are the two youngest golfers in White Sulphur Springs this week, but they also both have a legitimate shot to win. So why the sudden youth movement?

Golfers say it's a new day and age on any fairway they play on now.

"It's much deeper and it's harder to separate yourself more and more with technology and the way we train and coaching and everything," said Mike Weir. "Players are better younger and there's really more depth."

Billy Horschel adds "Every tour has a strong field and anyone can win in a week as you've seen with the number of first-time winners this year."

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