U.S. Open Golf 2012: 10 Young Stars Worth Watching

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U.S. Open Golf 2012: 10 Young Stars Worth Watching
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Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler

In a season where the great golfers of tomorrow are starting to show who they are, here are 10 young guns that you should keep your eye on while watching the United States Open from Olympic Club in San Francisco.

While trying to pick winners of an event that features 156 of the best the sport has to offer can seem like a fool's errand, these 10 players under the age of 30 not only can contend and win this week, but will dominate the game for the next 20 years.

The Open prides itself on being the toughest examination of one's skills in the game. The winner Sunday night will be incredibly fortunate to have par as his winning score. It takes a special player to win an Open, and these guys are ready for the challenge.

Something the United States Golf Association is doing differently this week is using the ninth hole as the second place to tee golfers off. Any other tournament that uses a split tee start will send golfers off the first or the 10th, but the U.S. Open is not just any tournament.

All times listed, by the way, are Pacific Time.

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