US Open Field 2012: Complete Analysis of Golf's Youngest Rising Stars

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US Open Field 2012: Complete Analysis of Golf's Youngest Rising Stars
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Upon being assigned to write an article on golf's youth, I had to ask: How do I define youth?

Dictionary.com defines it a number of ways: "the period of life from puberty to the attainment of full growth"; "the first or early period of anything"; "the appearance, freshness, vigor, spirit, etc., characteristic of one who is young."

Aha. The third definition seems to shed some light on what we're currently seeing on the PGA Tour from its youngest players. 

Much like Tiger Woods of 15 years ago, the modern youth of 2012 carry on their shoulders a chip, the type that exhibits a scathing desire to be great. With that comes a confidence that they will reach that greatness at some point. 

And most of all, there is a flair for the dramatic that has excited today's golf fans who know at any time they could see something they've never seen before. And these kids aren't going to be afraid to show their emotion when they hit said shots. 

Those are the primary characteristics of the youngest players on the PGA Tour in 2012. Here are some of the kids who make up this new cast of characters. 

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