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New golfers take a swing at becoming next big thing

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LA JOLLA, Calif. (CBS 8) - The eyes of the golf world are on Torrey Pines this week for the Farmers Insurance Open, and with Tiger Woods off the PGA tour indefinitely, plenty of young golfers are vying to become the sport's next big superstar.

Golf can be such an up and down game. An up and comer can even be a veteran or can simply be someone who gets hot and stays hot. Now that the number one golfer in the world is missing, golf fans are wondering who will rise in the rankings - and to the challenge.

Twenty-one-year-old Ricky Fowler out of Murrieta is a young gun whose name keeps popping up.

"He's got a real swagger to him, and he's confident," one spectator said. "I think he could be a phenomenal player."

Another youngster, 22-year-old Jason Day, may just take a swing at the top too.

Making his pro debut with a first round 68 was 22-year-old USD senior Blake Trimble, son of KFMB-TV's president Ed Trimble.

At 30 years old, Charles Howell III is known for his consistency.

"You never see him upset. He just stays focused," a spectator said.

Ask any lady on the course, and they'll tell you 28-year-old Australian Aaron Baddeley has both the style and the stroke.

"It's the accent. He's a ladies' man… all the kids love him," Jackie McSorley said.

McSorley is a former LPGA tour player who has her own favorite.

"To win this golf tournament, it's always Phil's turn," she said.

Riding a hot putter from last year is the hometown hero Phil Mickelson.

"I think it's just his time to shine," a fan said.

Tiger Woods may be absent, but the standard he set stands, which makes picking golf's next big thing challenging.

"It's hard because they are all so good, I mean they are all coming out like little machines. Tiger did create that," McSorley said.

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