Rickie Fowler, 21, golfer, PGA TOUR
Pairs a skater 'cut and love of motocross with
a killer homegrown swing that earned him two second-place
finishes during his rookie season in 2010 and a ticket to the
Ryder Cup. Titleist and Puma wasted little time signing him.
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Sean Foley, 36, teacher, Core Golf Academy
Seemingly on the verge of becoming Tiger Woods's next swing coach, Foley mixes
physics, kinetics, psychology, philosophy and a dash of hiphop with mechanical advice
for the likes of Sean O'Hair, Hunter Mahan and Justin Rose.
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Amy Mickelson, 38, inspirer
The most high-profile Tour wife is in the
throes of a brave battle with breast cancer
that has given hope to many families and
raised awareness of the disease among PGA
Tour players and fans. Amy and a victorious
Phil embracing at the Masters was the highlight
of the 2010 season.
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Michelle Wie, 21, golfer, LPGA Tour
In 2006, Time named her one of "100 People Who
Shape Our World." Things didn't quite work out that
way. She finally won an LPGA event late last year, and
has been on the bounceif slowlysince she dumped
the William Morris Agency as her handler and switched
to IMG. She went 3-0-1 in the Solheim Cup for the
U.S. last year, by far her best performance as a pro.
She's still only 21, even if it feels like she's been
on the scene for 30 years.
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Anthony Kim, 25, golfer, PGA Tour
One of only five players in the past 30 years to win three
Tour events before age 25, Kim was also a stud
at the '08 Ryder Cup (2-1-1, including a 5-and-4 beatdown
of Sergio Garcia). He struggled with injuries in 2010,
but few doubt that he will quickly return to form.
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Rory McIlroy, 21, golfer, European Tour and PGA Tour
He's won twiceat Quail Hollow this year (thanks to a final-round 62)
and in Dubai lastand finished tied for third at both the British Open
and PGA. Major titles are imminent for the most buzzed-about Euro
comer since Sergio Garcia (remember him?).
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Lorena Ochoa, 28, retired LPGA player
Retired from competitive golf earlier this year when she
was the world's top player so she could focus on family
and her foundation, which helps marginalized children
and teenagers. She also helps fund La Barranca Educational
Center, near Guadalajara, where more than 300 kids are educated and fed.
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Ryo Ishikawa, 19, golfer, Japan Golf Tour/PGA Tour
The Bashful Prince, as they call him, has won eight
times on the Japanese Tour, the first W coming at
age 15, and earlier this year shot a 58 in competition.
Seems destined to be a star on the international level
ÃƒÂ la Isao Aoki and Jumbo Ozaki, and maybe snare
Japan's long-sought first men's major championship.
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Alexis 'Lexi' Thompson, 15, golfer, LPGA Tour
Qualified for the U.S. Women's Open at age 12, turned pro this
past June and a month later finished just a shot back at
the Evian Masters. The LPGA hasn't had a young player grab
the public's interest and hold it since Nancy Lopez back in the
1970s. Maybe Lexi can do it.
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Natalie Gulbis, 27, golfer, LPGA Tour
She's won just one LPGA event, so there are plenty
of players with more game. But better looks
and marketability? Hardly. Gulbis has 16 sponsors, a
modeling career and the ultimate branding vehicle: her own reality show.
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Justin Timberlake, 29, entertainer
The pop star is the host of the Justin Timberlake Shriners
Hospitals for Children Open, which benefits a network
of hospitals that provide free care to children with
orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and
cleft lip. He's also the owner of Mirimichi GC in Tennessee,
the first course in the U.S. to be designated as a certified
Audubon International Classic Sanctuary and to have
certification from the Golf Environmental Organization.
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Tiger Woods, 34, golfer, PGA Tour
It has been a year he'd love to forget, though
a recent Harris Poll showed he's still tied
as the most popular athlete in America with
Kobe Bryant. Dubious company, for sure, but a
big indicator that really all Tiger needs to do
to regain his standing with the public is, in
the words of Al Davis, "Just win, baby."
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