This week was one focused around youth, with two of our burgeoning superstars taking home trophies on different continents while some of our more elderly superstars were struggling with their respective games. Both wins raised a very simple question: Who is the top golfer under the age of 26? We give you our own top 10.
1. Anthony Kim (24): He broke his winless slump earlier this year in Houston, and was very much in contention at this year's Masters, only his second top-10 in a major championship. The type of player that could have three majors by the time he's 30, and that might be the under.
2. Martin Kaymer (25): The German pro is ranked sixth in the world, and has five wins on the European Tour since 2008, but still can't translate his success on the PGA Tour, even though he resides here. Kaymer has only one top-10 in majors but is still the type of player you feel can compete in any major, especially the British.
3. Dustin Johnson (25): Maybe the most forgotten of all the under-26s, Johnson has three wins on tour the last three years, with two coming at Pebble Beach.
4. Rory McIlroy (21): Why I hate cliches, but it is only fitting here: For McIlroy, the sky is literally the limit. He has a salivating golf swing, an even more charismatic personality and, a day into his 21st year on the planet, has a win on the PGA and European tours.
5. Michael Sim (25): Arguably the most talented young player to come out of Australia the last five years, Sim got battlefield promoted last season from the Nationwide Tour after winning three events. He was the Nationwide Tour's Player of the Year last season along with winning the Order of Merit for the PGA Tour of Australia.
6. Charl Schwartzel (25): Ranked 22nd in the world, Schwartzel has six career wins as a professional, with five coming on the European Tour.
7. Ryo Ishikawa (18): While it is hard not to love the kid that just shot 58, some facts speak for themselves. He's made less than 50 percent of his cuts on the PGA Tour, and all his wins have come on a tour that is arguably the fourth best in the world. He is the youngest on the list, and has miles of potential, but the hype has quickly become a hair overrated.
8. Rickie Fowler (21): While he hasn't won yet as a professional, he has done a few things that show he can get it done when need be. In 2009, trying to get his tour card on sponsors exemptions, Fowler made it all the way to a playoff in his second PGA Tour event, losing to one of the better shots of '09. After that, all he did was blow through Q-School to get his card this year; he has four top-10s, including a second place finish at the Waste Management Open.
9. Webb Simpson (24): After smoking through Q-School in 2008, Simpson burst on the scene in '09, collecting four top-10s in his rookie season. He is the type of player that has won enough big tournaments as an amateur that when he finally gets in contention over the last few holes on the PGA Tour, he will know how to close.
10. Jamie Lovemark (22): A near winner on the PGA Tour last season, Lovemark has spent most of his time in 2010 on the Nationwide Tour, where he has three top-5s in just seven events.
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