One is 21-years-old, with the entire world ahead of him, the other a grizzly 29 that has been through the golf ranks time and again. One won the U.S. Amateur, while the other was a dominant amateur that turned professional in a haste and made waves early.
On Sunday at the Memorial, one of these two could walk away with his first PGA Tour title in completely different ways.
Saturday showed poise from both golfers. Fowler, in prime position to take control of the tournament, made eight straight pars to begin his round, shot a three-under 69, and didn't card a bogey for the second straight day. Barnes, the type of golfer that now only seems to make a leaderboard in the events that matter, shot a sizzling 62 at Muirfield Village, to jump 23 golfers and find himself in the final group with Fowler come Sunday afternoon.
It was a tournament that was focused around Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, but with both playing ho-hum to date, it has opened the door for two young golfers with intersecting careers to make a big name for themselves at Jack's tournament.
The weather has been a factor all week, and looks like it will be around tomorrow, but the big question remains; will lightning strike for Fowler or Barnes?
It sure seems like it's time for one of the upcoming stars to walk away with the trophy.