Rickie Fowler and the 5 Young Guns Ready to Win a Major Championship

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Rickie Fowler and the 5 Young Guns Ready to Win a Major Championship
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The wealth of young talent in professional golf today makes me think the future of the game is in good hands.

Rory McIlroy, Charl Schwartzel, Louis Oosthuizen, Keegan Bradley and Webb Simpson.

These players aren't even in the prime of their careers yet, and they have already won major championships—McIlroy at the 2011 U.S. Open, Schwartzel at the 2011 Masters, Oosthuizen at the 2010 British Open, Bradley at last year's PGA Championship and Simpson most recently at the 2012 U.S. Open.

All five of them are also in the top 25 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

But who are the players who will follow in their footsteps, the ones waiting in the wings to win their first major?

Let's begin by creating an age limit for what we'll consider "young guns." I'm going to set the mark at 30 years of age or younger—because 30 is the new 20, right? Or is 40 the new 30? Whatever.

You won't find some popular, up-and-coming names on my list—Ryo Ishikawa, Patrick Cantlay, Bud Cauley, Harris English, Sang-Moon Bae, Kevin Na, John Huh—because they're not ready to win majors yet. I'm not even sure they're ready to win "regular" golf tournaments yet, despite being incredibly talented. But their time will come.

Rather, here's a list of five young players who could pull off a major championship victory at any moment.

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