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Top 10 American male golfers age 25 and under

Most likely:

Rickie Fowler

Age: 22

Years on tour: 2

Best pro finish: Four seconds, including the Bridgestone Invitational two weeks ago

Reasons he could be the next Tiger: He was the PGA Tour rookie of the year in 2010, the same honor Woods won in 1996. Fowler won the Ben Hogan Award (top collegiate golfer) after his freshman year at Oklahoma State in 2008.

Reason he could be another grinder: Fowler has not won a tournament as a professional, either on the Nationwide or PGA tours. After two years on the PGA Tour, Woods had six wins.

Most likely:

Keegan Bradley

Age: 25

Years on tour: rookie

Best pro finish: Two firsts (Byron Nelson Championship, PGA Championship)

Reasons he could be the next Tiger: He has a major title under his belt as a rookie. Woods won two tournaments in his rookie year, and that's where Bradley is now with events left to play. Woods grew up with a golf-obsessed father. Bradley grew up with an aunt, Pat Bradley, who is in the LPGA Hall of Fame.

Reason he could be another grinder: The tour is filled with players who won early and fizzled.

Most likely:

Cameron Tringale

Age: Turns 24 on Aug. 24

Years on tour: 2

Best pro finish: Tie for fourth at Greenbrier Classic this season

Reasons he could be the next Tiger: He was a three-time All American at Georgia Tech and played on the U.S. Walker Cup team in 2009.

Reason he could be another grinder: He has already played in two PGA Tour qualifying tournaments to earn his card.

Most likely:

Peter Uihlein

Age: Turns 22 on Aug. 29

Years on tour: amateur

Best amateur finish: 2010 U.S. Amateur champion

Reasons he could be the next Tiger: Not only did Uihlein win the U.S. Amateur, but the Oklahoma State golfer also made the cut at the Transitions Championship at Innisbrook in Palm Harbor and at the Masters. Woods also made the cut at his first Masters as an amateur.

Reason he could be another grinder: Playing full time on the PGA Tour is much different from college golf.

Sort of likely:

Kyle Stanley

Age: 23

Years on tour: rookie

Best pro finish: Second at the John Deere Classic this season

Reason he could be the next Tiger: His first and only major appearance was this year's British Open. He made the cut and finished tied for 44th. Woods also made the cut in his first major as a pro …

Reason he could another grinder: … which was the 1997 Masters that he won by 12 shots.

Sort of likely:

Patrick Cantlay

Age: 19

Years on tour: amateur

Best tour finish: Tie for ninth at Canadian Open this season

Reasons he could be the next Tiger: He's a teenager who has PGA tournament experience. He shot a course-record 60 at the Travelers Championship. Cantlay is the top-ranked amateur in the country and was the low amateur at the U.S. Open (tying for 21st) by shooting par for four rounds.

Reason he could be another grinder: Too much success too early will assuredly draw the comparisons to Woods. If Cantlay tries to keep up with Woods, it could be his downfall.

Sort of likely:

Jamie Lovemark

Age: 23

Years on tour: rookie

Best pro finish: Tie for second at 2009 Frys.com Open

Reasons he could be the next Tiger: He was the Nationwide Tour player of the year last year. At 22, he was the youngest to win the Nationwide Tour money title. Like Woods, he knows how to win early.

Reason he could be another grinder: He had neck surgery this month and is out for the year. That's a tough injury to come back from.

Unlikely:

Billy Horschel

Age: 24

Years on tour: 2

Best pro finish: Tie for 10th at Reno-Tahoe Open this season

Reason he could be the next Tiger: He was a three-time first-team All-American at Florida.

Reason he could be another grinder: He injured his left wrist in February 2010 and made only four starts. He plays this year under a major medical extension. If the wrist becomes a constant problem for Horschel, it will be hard for him to win a lot of tournaments.

Unlikely:

Ben Martin

Age: Turns 24 on Aug. 26

Years on tour: rookie

Best pro finish: Tie for sixth at Reno-Tahoe Open this season

Reason he could be the next Tiger: He was a finalist at the 2009 U.S. Amateur, where he lost 7 and 5 to Byeong-Hun An of South Korea. Woods won three such titles.

Reason he could be another grinder: He has missed 14 of 23 cuts this year and has only one top-10 finish.

Unlikely:

Kevin Chappell

Age: 25

Years on tour: rookie

Best pro finish: Tie for second at the Texas Open this year

Reason he could be the next Tiger: He was a stud in college for UCLA, winning player of the year honors in 2008. Expectations were high for him out of college.

Reason he could be another grinder: Chappell spent two years on the Nationwide Tour before finishing ninth on the money list and qualifying for the 2011 PGA season.



According to various websites, columnists and radio talk-show hosts, Tiger Woods is finished. His missing the cut at the PGA Championship proves it. He hasn't won a tournament in two years, and he didn't qualify for the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup playoffs. Nice knowing you, Tiger. So who is the next Tiger Woods? Who is the next young American who will tear up the tour and collect majors? Perhaps we got our answer Sunday, when 25-year-old Keegan Bradley erased a five-stroke deficit and won the PGA Championship in a playoff over Jason Dufner. Or perhaps it could be a someone in the slew of other young Americans who grew up watching Woods dominate. A look at 10 25-and-under players who could supplant Woods as the top American by this time next year. Or not:

Top 10 American male golfers age 25 and under 08/17/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 17, 2011 11:04pm]

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