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Ranking the top 10 up-and-comers on the PGA Tour

By Evan Hilbert | CBSSports.com

Jordan Spieth heads our rankings of top up-and-comers.
Jordan Spieth heads our rankings of top up-and-comers. (USATSI)

It happens pretty much every year. One or two players break through after years of near-misses and become stars.

With the 2014 season under way, we set out to rank the top 10 players due for such a year.

There was little by way of qualifications. We kept it to fairly young players who have yet to win a major. You'll note that No. 1 already has made quite a splash, but at only 20 still figures to have only scratched the surface.

Here's the top 10:

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1Jordan Spieth: Duh. One of the most impressive players on tour last season, the 20-year-old Spieth has his visions on a major championship this year. The reigning PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, Spieth is expected to add to his trophy case in coming years.
2Graham DeLaet: Still hunting for his first PGA Tour win, DeLaet is fully recovered from a back injury that slowed him throughout the 2011 season. He has finished in the top 10 in his last three events, and all indications are he will breakthrough with a win at some point in 2014.
3Billy Horschel: After proving to be one of the most consistent players on tour -- once stringing together 23 straight cuts made -- Horschel made a splash at the 2013 U.S. Open. He and Phil Mickelson held the lead heading into the weekend, and he tamed a tough Merion course in his first career major. Good things are ahead.
4Harris English: Beginning his third season on tour, English's best golf is certainly ahead of him. He has played extremely well recently, winning the OHL Classic in November then teaming up with Matt Kuchar to win the Franklin Templeton Shootout in record fashion.
5Ryan Moore:One of the most successful amateurs in history, Moore has now locked up three tour wins, most recently in October's CIMB Classic. He's played fairly well in majors, too, earning a couple top 10s in 23 starts.
6Bill Haas: Perhaps due to his surname, it seems as though Haas has been waiting to break out for years. Haas has five wins on tour but has yet to play great in a major, with his best finish a tie for 12th at the 2011 PGA Championship.
7Chris Stroud:Another guy who has been around for a while, Stroud is currently playing his best golf. He has finished in a tie for third in two of the last three events he has played in, though he's still in search of his first win.
8Scott Brown: Something of a late bloomer, Brown, who's 30, has bounced around for the majority of his career before landing on the tour in 2012. He got his first win last season at the Puerto Rico Open. He's made four cuts in his last five starts with two top 10 finishes.
9Patrick Reed: Consistency was an issue last year for Reed, who had three straight top 10 finishes culminating with his first career win, but he also missed four straight cuts. More prolonged periods of success are on the horizon.
10Hideki Matsuyama: Somewhat a stretch to label Matsuyama an up-and-comer, but the 21-year-old won four times on the Japan Golf Tour last year. He plans to compete on the PGA Tour this year, and he's proven himself capable of competing at that level. In seven events, Matsuyama has six top 25 finishes, including a top 10 finish in both the U.S. and British Open.
 
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