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Top five young golfers to watch in 2013
October 30, 2012

With the 2012 golfing season drawing to a close and only four precious tournaments remaining, eyes are beginning to set on what exactly 2013 holds.

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As little as last week however, current world number one, Rory McIlroy stated that he is interested in curtailing the number of tournaments in which he attends next year, hoping to cut to the twenty-two or twenty-three mark.

"I would just love to cut my schedule back even further and I think next year I will cut down again to a max play of 22 or 23," he said.

Indeed, although the 23-year old has walked away with four trophies this season, plus the Ryder Cup, he has missed the cut no less than three times and finished T60 in the Open Championship.

With that in mind, there are a whole host of fresh faces to look out for next season! Here are but a few names that might be well worth remembering:

Nicholas Colsaerts

At just 29 years of age, otherwise known as 'the Belgium Bomber', Colsaerts has to his name 9 professional wins since turning professional on the day of his 18 th birthday in 2000.

His biggest achievement to date however is his T7 finish at this year's Open Championship, a total of 53 tiers ahead of Rory McIlroy. Indeed, it is this performance that has put his name of media pundits worldwide, and is surely set to be a name that will slowly rise over the next few years.

Keegan Bradley

Just three years younger than Colsaerts, Bradley has a total of 7 professional wins under his belt including the 2012 WGC Bridgestone Invitational, 2011 PGA Championship (his first major), and the 2011 HP Byron Nelson Championship.

With the wins slowly accumulating throughout the years and the possibility of a couple more before the year is out, Bradley is already a name which is beginning to creep forever forward on the top 100 list.

Currently, he is sitting at the very comfortable place of 15th .

Louis Oosthuizen

Having just turned 30 on 19 October 2012, some would say that the career of Louis Oosthuizen is only just beginning to flourish. With 10 professional wins since turning professional in 2002 he won the 2010 Open Championship by a margin of seven strokes; pushing Lee Westwood to the runner up postition.

This year he also finished 2nd in The Masters despite being cut in the U.S Open. With a healthy sheet of finishes throughout 2012 however, which includes five top 5 finishes, the future is certainly looking bright for this South African.

Branden Grace

One of the youngest on the list at the age of 24, and fellow South African to Louis Oosthuizen, Grace was this year the first player in the history of the European Tour to win his first four tour events in the same year.

After turning professional in 2007, he has won six times professionally including the 2012 Volvo Golf Champions tournament which saw him successfully beat off the likes of Ernie Els and Retief Goosen.

Finding himself in 37th place on the rankings, there is little doubt that a year ahead of today, the young man shall find himself amongst a much greater crowd.

Hunter Mahan

The oldest out of our list, Hunter is one of the finest young players who is to set the stakes in 2013.

Having won no less than 8 professional wins since turning professional in 2003, Mahan has been a part of the U.S. national team as well as winning five tournaments in the PGA and two in the World Golf Championships; one of which saw him fend off Rory McIlroy at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

He can currently be found in 20th place in the Official World Golf Rankings.

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