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Non-Americans Besides Rory McIlroy to Watch: A Fan's Take

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In the past two weeks, two Englishmen have claimed victories on the PGA Tour. Rory McIlroy rose to the occasion at Palm Beach and claimed the coveted top ranked position in the world. He was followed by fellow countrymen Justin Rose who just edged out Bubba Watson during the final round of the WGC Cadillac Championship. With the first major approaching rapidly, here is a guide to the best golfers in the world, not from the United States, aside from Rory McIlroy.

Lee Westwood also hails from England as is the current third ranked player in the world. The golfer has 37 professional wins to his name, two coming on the PGA Tour and 21 on the European. The golfer is in peak condition and has lost a lot of excess fat while putting on muscle. He looks very formidable on the course. Surprisingly, the golfer does not have a major victory to his name. Westwood is thirsty for a victory. His main obstacle will be consistency and coming out of the gates quickly. The golfer has a tendency for slows starts which will not go over well at Augusta.

Charl Schwartzel hails from South Africa. He won last year's Masters with an impressive come from behind victory with clutch iron shots and solid putting. The golfer always seems to be in contention during the most crucial moments of any tournament. His win at the Masters was his only victory in the United States, but he does have seven professional wins on the European Tour as well. Schwartzel has had a fantastic last couple of seasons. He is currently ranked sixth in the world and should do well again at this year's tournament at Augusta National.

Martin Kaymer is a German superstar. He has 18 professional wins and a major victory during the 2010 PGA Championship. So far this season, the golfer has not won but has been competitive during all his tournaments. I expect Kaymer to step up to the plate at Augusta and be aggressive off the tees. The German golfer is thirsty to back up his one major and climb the world rankings again to reclaim the position as top ranked player in the world.

A person who is knowledgeable of golf might notice that I've left off Luke Donald. I did so on purpose because his game has been rather weak as of late. Jason Day has also been yielding to pressure of the spotlight. I am very excited for the first major of the season and expect some truly competitive golf from the world's elite players. May the best man win.

I am an avid fan of the sport of golf. I enjoy being up to date with all the new faces and watching the close matches on a weekly basis.

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