Next Face of American Golf

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Rickie Fowler Age: 23 | Wins: 0 Fowler hasn't taken a trophy yet, but he's garnered an awful lot of attention while coming close (three seconds, one third). That's likely because he's got the tanned good looks and Gen Y hair of a teen idol, and a wardrobe so colorful it would make a bag of Skittles blush. Everything about the kid screams 'look at me' and many are happy to oblige — we'd be even more so if he started winning.
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Dustin Johnson Age: 26 | Wins: 4 Johnson is another crowd-pleaser, tall, thin, crackling with athleticism and putting out a sort of laconic cool that makes him the Clint Eastwood of pro golf. He's crazy long (305.9 avg.) and can be deadly in the short game, but he has yet to show that he has recovered from the major-swiping meltdowns he suffered in the 2010 U.S. Open and PGA.
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Anthony Kim Age: 25 | Wins: 3 By his second year on Tour Kim had two wins and a brash attitude that gave him the always appealing combo of bad boy-big talent. But injuries and a widely reported taste for good times have stalled his ascent. If he can get back to top form he has the talent to become the face of U.S. golf — and the personality to embrace it.
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Matt Kuchar Age: 32 | Wins: 3 Kuchar has become America's answer to Luke Donald: a solid player that racks up Top 10s and cash but doesn't seem to win as much as his talent would indicate he could. Donald has turned the corner recently and risen to No. 1 in the world, so maybe Kuchar can do the same. He's an incredibly nice guy, which will make him more popular if he ascends, but we know what usually happens to nice guys.
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Hunter Mahan Age: 29 | Wins: 3 Mahan isn't a big hitter, but he has a style — blond hair, big shades, lots of white — and a game that draws attention. He's solid all around (except from the bunkers) and if he could combine his consistency with some killer instinct he could vault ahead of many other contenders.
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Nick Watney Age: 30 | Wins: 3 The free-swinging Californian has the looks and energy to capture the public imagination, and on the course he has the length (296.7 yards off the tee) and putting touch (18th on Tour in strokes gained) to achieve big things. If he could avoid the temporary lapses that seem to jump up and bite him for a few holes every weekend, he could be Captain America.
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Bubba Watson Age: 32 | Wins: 3 From the name to the funky homemade swing, Bubba's got charisma to burn. In the last year he's learned to close, and if keeps winning at the rate he has recently (three times in 10 months) he may become the shaggy, twitchy mug of U.S. golf by default.
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Gary Woodland Age: 27 | Wins: 1 The former D-1 hoops player is not afraid of big crowds or taking the big shot. The late-ish bloomer already has one pelt in his pocket and the sort of smash-and-chase approach that makes the masses take notice (see: Daly, John). He's a dark horse, but as he continues to get comfortable out there, his upside is huge.