Most golf fans know that Rory McIlroy is one of the top two talented players alive. His runaway eight-shot victory at the 2012 PGA Championship further fortified that notion.
That fellow named Tiger Woods, who shares that once-in-a-generation talent distinction with McIlroy, inspired the 23-year-old Northern Irishman since childhood to become as spectacular as he is today.
Tiger is not done by any means, but has had difficulties on major weekends as of late.
Who else has a shot to stop McIlroy from golf immortality? He's pretty much untouchable when he has his best stuff, and he may very well achieve such status regardless of who's in his path.
Instead of focusing on current household names, let's look at five golfers of the next generation who have a shot at competing with McIlroy down the road—even when he's at his best.