One of the most exciting aspects of the sport of golf is its hugely competitive nature, with any single player in an single tournament having the ability to win. Yes, it is true that some players win more than others and every now and again a "Tiger Woods" appears on tour and dominates for a spell.
However, with the Tiger seemingly on the wane, 2011 looks like it could be a reasonably level playing field with several golfers, including Tiger, looking to bring home some of the sport’s top prizes, including, of course, at least one of the four major tournaments.
It is interesting to study the end of year world golf rankings and to note that only eight of the top twenty players in the world have ever won a major and of those eight, only four, Woods, Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els and Retief Goosen, have won more than one.
This effectively leaves 12 players in the top 20 alone who will be big contenders for a major this year as well as a good many from its outside. They will be looking to join Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell and Louis Oosthuizen, who were all first-time major winners in 2010.
The following 10 players are those who can be expected to be in the hunt for a first major title in 2011...