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Tiger Woods: Time to Get over Him and Start Following These 10 Golfers

Immer ChriswellCorrespondent IJune 4, 2011

Tiger Woods: Time to Get over Him and Start Following These 10 Golfers

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    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - MAY 12:  Tiger Woods watches his approach shot on the seventh hole during the first round of THE PLAYERS Championship held at THE PLAYERS Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass on May 12, 2011 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Stre
    Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

    So it appears that Tiger Woods may be at Congressional. Or he may not be. It all depends upon his trick knee, and his ailing Achilles.

    It's become harder and harder to watch Tiger as everything has come full circle this year. So, maybe it's time to give the Tiger watching some time off. I'm not saying give up on Tiger. I'm saying try watching some new golfers.

    Give the new guys a chance, maybe you could find a diamond in this heather.

     

    Note: Phil Mickelson is NOT on this list either. It's just because it's time to watch someone new. 

10. Alvaro Quiros

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    VIRGINIA WATER, ENGLAND - MAY 29:  Alvaro Quiros of Spain in action during the final round of the BMW PGA Championship  at the Wentworth Club on May 29, 2011 in Virginia Water, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
    Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

    The guy just bombs the ball. He dwarfs Tiger Woods off the tee, and beats Dustin Johnson as well. He's also a very good player on the European Tour. 

    The biggest issue he has is the closed nature of the courses in America makes it more difficult for a guy with his length to miss off the tee. It's been shown multiple times on the PGA Tour, and that's probably why he won't be playing over here any time soon.

9. Charl Schwartzel

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    DUBLIN, OH - JUNE 03:  Charl Schwartzel of South Africa hits his tee shot on the par 4 17th hole during the second round of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance at Muirfield Village Golf Club on June 3, 2011 in Dublin, Ohio.  (Photo b
    Andy Lyons/Getty Images

    After winning the Masters, Schwartzel has not been a force. But if you look at his rank in the Race to Dubai, it's pretty strong.

    Schwartzel could be a player to snag a major, maybe two more in his career, and move himself toward Padraig Harrington status. You can just hope he comes over to play in America more often, since currently his status is on the European Tour.

8. Martin Kaymer

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    VIRGINIA WATER, ENGLAND - MAY 28:  Martin Kaymer of Germany waits with his caddie on the 6th hole during the third round of the BMW PGA Championship at the Wentworth Club on May 28, 2011 in Virginia Water, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
    Ian Walton/Getty Images

    Another guy who's fallen off the map since ascending to the top in golf, Martin Kaymer is someone who is hard to dislike. He's a gentleman, well spoken, and a good golfer. The biggest issue is if he will be able to hold consistent with his game.

    However, should he get the experience, Kaymer will definitely be someone to keep your eye on for years to come.

7. Lee Westwood

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    VIRGINIA WATER, ENGLAND - MAY 29:  Lee Westwood of England and Caddy Billy Foster line up a putt during the final round of the BMW PGA Championship  at the Wentworth Club on May 29, 2011 in Virginia Water, England.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
    David Cannon/Getty Images

    He's a little more aged than most the guys on list, but Westwood is still a great watch. He's got the talent, now he has to put it together for a major. Otherwise, he will go down with Sergio Garcia as the best golfers to never win a major.

    Every year, Westwood is toward the top of the board in a major or two, so by the law of averages he has to break through sometime. Doesn't he?

6. Rickie Fowler

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    DUBLIN, OH - JUNE 02:  Ricky Fowler hits his tee shot on the par 4 17th hole during the first round of The Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance at Muirfield Village Golf Club on June 2, 2011 in Dublin, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Im
    Andy Lyons/Getty Images

    He's the biggest name for American golf's future, but is he really?

    Most would hope he is. Despite his different fashion on the golf course, Fowler is a classy kid who is extremely respectful to all. You have to do something right if Arnold Palmer likes you a lot.

    Should Fowler break through with his first win on tour, I can see his career blossoming from there. All it takes is that little confidence boost.

5. Nick Watney

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    IRVING, TX - MAY 29: Nick Watney plays a tee shot during the final round of the HP Byron Nelson Championship at TPC Four Seasons at Las Colinas on May 29, 2011 in Irving, Texas. (Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images)
    Darren Carroll/Getty Images

    It's taken him a long time to get here, but Nick Watney's talent now has him as a player to watch right now. However, like the next guy on this list, I think it's going to be next year where you really see him blossom. 

    Last year's events at the PGA Championship, although in the past, were hard for Watney to take. After something like that, I would say watch for him in the US Open as a hot contender this year.

    Even though he's not going to be a major threat this year, I would have to say he is a threat in every other tournament. 

4. Dustin Johnson

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    DUBLIN, OH - JUNE 03:  Dustin Johnson crosses a stream on the 17th hole during the second round of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance at the Muirfield Village Golf Club on June 3, 2011 in Dublin, Ohio.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Gett
    Scott Halleran/Getty Images

    Like Watney, Johnson had some issues at majors this year. And it has taken a toll on him this year. Johnson looked to be coming out hot for the start of the year, but has faded. 

    With Fred Couples caddy coming over, it's going to take some adjustment for those two. So the equation seems to be destined for a year of tweaks for Johnson.

    But from there on out, the sky is the limit. He's got the distance and now has a caddy with a wealth of experience to help him break through. It's hard to say for sure, but I think you could be seeing a four major winner in the makings with Johnson.

3. Rory McIlroy

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    DUBLIN, OH - JUNE 04: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his tee shot on the par 4 2nd during the third round of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance at Muirfield Village Golf Club on June 4, 2011 in Dublin, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy L
    Andy Lyons/Getty Images

    We all know that McIlroy is a guy to watch. This year's Masters proved it. Unlike Johnson and Watney, I don't think McIlroy will be shaken by his collapse. The difference is the experience he has gathered in such a short time.

    McIlroy is an incredible talent, and I wish he would make the move over to the PGA Tour. They could use him to bring some more attention to a seemingly endless pool of lesser-knowns.

2. Matteo Manassero

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    VIRGINIA WATER, ENGLAND - MAY 29:  Matteo Manassero of Italy tee's off at the 8th during the final round of the BMW PGA Championship  at the Wentworth Club on May 29, 2011 in Virginia Water, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
    Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

    He's not yet 20 (or 19), and this kid has two professional wins already. It's just unbelievable to see him play. It makes me feel pretty bad about my game, and I'm talking to colleges right now.

    If there's one person I want to watch for the next 30 years, it's Matteo Manassero. No question.

1. Luke Donald

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    DUBLIN, OH - JUNE 04:  Luke Donald of England walks down the fairway on the par 4 1st during the third round of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance at Muirfield Village Golf Club on June 4, 2011 in Dublin, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons
    Andy Lyons/Getty Images

    As the top player in the world, you will get to see a lot more of Luke Donald. And for golf, it's a good thing.

    I don't want to go making comparisons, but Donald could very well become a great champion like Nick Faldo. The difference is his short game. That is what wins tournaments, and that's what he has.

    Luke Donald 2011 Open Championship winner. You heard it here first.

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