Rickie Fowler and the Top 15 Under 27 Golfers Ready to Overtake Tiger

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Rickie Fowler and the Top 15 Under 27 Golfers Ready to Overtake Tiger
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Over the past two years, the PGA Tour has lost much of its marketing power with the deterioration of the golfing game of its greatest star, Tiger Woods.

The golfing legend has been directly responsible for the rapid increase in the game's popularity and in tour purses throughout his career, and without him for the second half of 2008, the Tour saw its television ratings drop almost 50 percent. So when Woods started to show signs of prolonged struggle in 2010, few could've been smiling down at Ponte Vedra Beach.

But, things have now seemingly taken a turn for the better. Woods has vastly improved his game in 2012 and looks ready to return to one of the top spots in the sport.

More importantly though, the new stars of the PGA Tour have now emerged.

During Woods' hiatus from top-notch golf, the youth revolution that had been brewing in the game for years finally became a reality. The young corps of players, whether it be on the PGA Tour, the European Tour or even the Japan Golf Tour, started to win and make themselves known in the game.

This has been a welcome change, as Woods won't always be around to bail out golf. Clearly there is excitement about this young set of players, last September, CBS and NBC actually paid higher rights fees in their new contracts to cover the PGA Tour through 2021 (without any sign that Woods was going to return to top form).

So, with all of the noise made about the youth in golf today, which of these young players could surpass Tiger?

Well, here are 15 possibilities and although not all of them will surpass Woods (heck, it's tough to think one will), they are the ones with the greatest chance.

Aged 27 and under, these are the 15 possible usurpers to the Tiger Woods throne.

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