Power Rankings: Best players under 25 years old

Rory McIlroy is still the one. (Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy is still the one. (Getty Images)

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Because Seung-yul Noh won on Sunday and because Rory McIlroy turns 25 later this week I thought I should sneak in a quick under age 25 power rankings while they're still applicable to the Ulsterman. 

I based them partly on past success and projecting the future and this was a lot harder than I thought it would be. 

1. Rory McIlroy: His last week at the top spot before Jordan Spieth assumes the throne. Then McIlroy gets to take over the under 30 top spot.

2. Jordan Spieth: My question is not whether or not he will be successful (he will be) but rather whether or not he'll be, as Dan Jenkins says, a rock star. I'm betting no, but you never know with these things.

3. Patrick Reed: Patty is finally top five (on the under age 25 power rankings)! It's sort of tough to ignore those three wins, by the way, especially that WGC one. 

4. Harris English: More wins than Spieth, more game than Reed. He's the forgotten American but he shouldn't be.

5. Hideki Matsuyama: I'm a Matsuyama homer. I just think his embarrassment of riches talent is going to win him multiple majors. He already has two top 10s at the majors and has finished in the top 30 at all four of them.

6. Victor Dubuisson: The most unassuming on this list. He's the one guy that, if he were to walk into your local coffee shop, you wouldn't suspect a thing. I think he likes it like that, the invisible assassain.

7. Matteo Manassero: No top 30s at the majors since turning pro but has four European Tour wins including the big one at the BMW PGA Championship in 2013. Potentially elite but has some work to do to prove it.

8. Seung-yul Noh: Challenges McIlroy for the best swing on this list. Joined a growing list of realy solid Korean winners on the PGA Tour last weekend.

9. Thorbjorn Olesen: Sort of the opposite of Manassero -- has two top 10s at majors but only one European Tour win. Has some large, Thomas Bjorn-sized shoes to fill as Denmark's leading man.

10. Brooks Koepka: Just earned special temporary status on the PGA Tour last week in New Orleans. Can he parlay that into win No. 1 like Spieth did last season? He can join the English-Reed-Spieth ranks if he does.

11. Ryo Ishikawa: The Rickie Fowler of this list. Really good but his popularity doesn't match up with his accomplishments. Zero wins outside of the Japan Golf Tour.

12. Peter Uihlein: Limitless talent but only has one professional win under his belt to Koepka's four. He's in it for the long haul but I'd like to see him grab another European Tour win this season.

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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