6 players to watch at the Boys Junior PGA Championship

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6 players to watch at the Boys Junior PGA Championship

Norman Xiong clinched a win during last year's Junior PGA Championship. Who will stand out among the competition this year?

Here are six players to watch when the 42nd Boys Junior PGA Championship tees off next week:

Jacob Bridgeman

Birthdate: Dec. 6, 1999

Resides: Inman, South Carolina 

College commitment: Clemson University

Career achievements: 2016 and 2017 high school state champion; Carolinas Junior Championship winner; Won the 2016 Beth Daniel Junior Azalea and was third at the Big I National Championship last year.

Frankie Capan

Birthdate: Nov. 9, 1999

Resides: North Oaks, Minnesota

College commitment: University of Alabama

Interests: Fishing, sports, working out

Career achievements: 2016 Minnesota Golf Association Junior Player of the Year; Won the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship with Shuai Ming Wong; Medalist and team champion at the 2017 Toyota Junior World Cup

Canon Claycomb

Birthdate: Nov. 7, 2001

Resides: Bowling Green, Kentucky

College commitment: Undecided

Interests: Fishing, basketball, water sports

Career achievements: Runner-up at the Kentucky State High School Championship; Finished third at the American Junior Golf Association’s Thunderbird Classic

Eugene Hong

Birthdate: Jan. 7, 2000

Resides: Orlando, Florida

College commitment: University of Florida

Career achievements: Advanced to the semifinals of the U.S. Junior Amateur in both 2015 and 2016; Won the 2016 American Junior Golf Association’s Haas Family Invitational; First-team AJGA Junior All-America twice (2015, 2016); Member of the 2016 U.S. Junior Ryder Cup Team; USA Today All-USA Boys Golfer of the Year

William Mouw

Birthdate: Sept. 5, 2000

Resides: Chino, California

College commitment: Pepperdine

Interests: Basketball

Career achievements: Was the 2015 Junior World champion; Tied the 72-hole scoring record while winning the 2017 Western Junior by eight strokes

Trent Phillips

Birthdate: May 18, 2000

Resides: Inman, South Carolina

College commitment: University of Georgia

Interests: Fishing, basketball, water surfing

Career achievements: Was the 2016 South Carolina Junior Golf Association Player of the Year; Won the 2017 Dustin Johnson Boys World Junior Championship; USA Today All-USA Boys Golf second team