Looking for the next college golfer to make noise on the pro level?
Oregon sophomore Norman Xiong is at the top of many lists, including that of Oregon head coach Casey Martin.
Martin has coached and played with many talented golfers. He was a college teammate of Tiger Woods at Stanford. Martin made 43 PGA Tour starts and won once on the Nike Tour (now the Web.com Tour) in 1998. And in 12 seasons leading the Ducks, he has coached an NCAA Championship-winning team (2016), NCAA individual champion (Aaron Wise, 2016) and Nicklaus Award winner (Eugene Wong, 2010).
The 19-year-old Xiong, who has won five times this season, might be the best golfer Martin has seen not named Tiger.
“When he does eventually turn pro and get out there, I don’t know what’s going to happen, and I hate predicting what’s going to happen because you just don’t know. I don’t have a crystal ball,” Martin said. “But from what…