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Ty Tyron is named after a Chevy Chase character!
Ty Tryon

At 17, Ty Tryon became the youngest-ever player to qualify to play on the US professional tournament circuit, known as the PGA Tour.

Only the very best professional golfers get to play on the Tour.

Ty made his debut at the Phoenix Open in January 2002 - arriving with his maths book and some ''history stuff'' to study!

In fact he was still so young that at first he was only allowed to play in a certain number of events.

Powerful dream

Spain's Sergio Garcia
Ty beat the record of Sergio Garcia who qualified in 2000 aged 19
But he turned 18 in June and is now allowed to play in all the tournaments.

He is one of the youngest golfers to turn professional.

Some people thought he was too young.

They felt he should go to college to finish his studies before opting to make golf his career.

But his dad Bill thinks he's done the right thing.

"You cannot underestimate the power of a dream," he says.

And Ty is already certainly dreaming big: "Everybody used to say that golfers peak when they are 35. I might be retired at 35."

He's already a millionaire from sponsorship deals Callaway Golf and Target department stores.

He has an agent, a swing coach, an image consultant, a psychologist, a yoga instructor and two massage therapists.

And an aunt who helps him with his home, though it is by telephone!

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Introduction
Jae An, Korea
Michelle Wie, USA
Ty Tryon, USA
Zach Gould, Wales

Tryon Factfile
Full name: William Augustus Tyron IV - nicknamed Ty by his father Chevy Chase's Ty Webb character in the film Caddyshack
Age: 12
Country: USA
Career highlight to date: Youngest-ever player to qualify for a US PGA Tour card
Lives: Orlando, Florida


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