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PGA MOMENT: Grounding his club in the sand without realizing it was a bunker on the final hole at Whistling Straits in 2010; it cost him a spot in a playoff with Bubba Watson and champion Martin Kaymer.

BACKSPIN: With his first two rounds at the British Open, and his last two rounds at the Canadian Open, you have to wonder if the most talented young American is close to putting everything together. He’s a massive talent who has attracted way too much attention for his life outside the course, particularly his relationship with Paulina Gretzky. He is a simple thinker when it comes to golf. He’s too good not to win a major.

MATTEO MANASSERO

AGE: 20.

COUNTRY: Italy.

WORLD RANKING: 27.

WORLDWIDE WINS: 4.

2013 WINS: BMW PGA Championship.

MAJORS: None.

2013 MAJORS: Masters-Cut, US Open-Cut, British Open-Cut.

PGA MOMENT: Making his PGA debut in 2011 with a 68 in the opening round. He hasn’t broken par since then.

BACKSPIN: He has all the trappings of the next star out of Europe, winning four times at age 20, including the tour’s flagship event at Wentworth. He also is having a rough year in the majors, on the short list of players _ Hiroyuki Fujita and Louis Oosthuizen _ who have not made the cut in all three majors this year. His lack of length might hurt on a few holes at Oak Hill, but there is a determination that keeps this kid in the conversation, and this might be the place for him to make his first run at a major.

HIDEKI MATSUYAMA

AGE: 21.

COUNTRY: Japan.

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