Whether you realize it or not, the 2012 golf season is one that should go down in the history books as one of the best ever for the sport.
You have the full-time emergence of Rory McIlroy as the best player in the world. You have the return of Tiger Woods to big-time golf prominence with three victories. You have a new and colorful star in Bubba Watson winning the Masters. You have Ernie Els winning the British Open.
In addition to these great stars, you have a slew of great players—some of them not necessarily young—who have broken through and become major factors on the tour.
But unless you are truly a fan of the game, you probably wouldn't recognize them without the television networks identifying them in bold type.
Here's a look at six of the best golfers you probably couldn't pick out of a lineup.