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A Changing of the Guard at the 2014 Masters Has Occurred

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With Tiger Woods out of action after a recent back surgery, the golf community was hoping for some drama to help offset the loss of one of the sport’s most polarizing figures. The 2014 Masters is setting up to be yet another classic, even without Woods, and the main reason is the amount of young golfers seeking their first major win while battling former Masters champions.

The juxtaposition of these young guns against their more experienced elders is proving to be very compelling television through the first three rounds of the tournament and can only become more interesting as the final day tees off tomorrow. Among these young stars are 25-year-old Rickie Fowler, who shot a five-under 67 in his third round to get to three-under for the tournament, and 20-year-old Jordan Spieth, who is playing in his first Masters and is fearlessly chasing down the leaders.

Attempting to hold off these young up and comers are tour veterans Bubba Watson, Juan Angel Jimenez and Thomas Bjorn. Watson won his first green jacket in a playoff in 2012, while Jimenez and Bjorn are still searching for their first wins at The Masters. In order to claim the most coveted prize in golf, these men must find a way to hold off their future successors.

The amount of golfers among the leaders who are in search of their first green jacket is a sure to make for a very intense and close final round on Sunday which is exactly what the golfing world was hoping for and has plenty of fans muttering the once inconceivable words: Tiger who?

Mike Cuddy is a Chicago Bears writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @MikeCuddy, “Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google.