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Where is the next PGA Superstar?

It's been five years since any man repeated a Major title from one year to the next, and those same five years since a man won more than one Major in the same calendar year.

Other than Padraig Harrington's seemingly fluky achievement of both in 2008, the only other golfer to show that kind of dominance lately has been Tiger Woods, who won two or more Majors four times between 2000 and 2006, and repeated as champion of at least one Major four times between 1999 and 2007.

And despite his strides in the last calendar year and his ascension back to the No. 1 spot in the world, Woods' prime seems to be over, leading to the asking of the question, "When will golf's next truly dominant golfer emerge?"

Not just the next No. 1, mind, you but next truly legendary player. The maturation of Phil Mickelson's game has been fun to watch, and Rory McIlory seems a fine fellow, but at age 42, Mickelson has still never been ranked No. 1 in the world, is already in the World Golf Hall of Fame, has three children between 14 and 10 years old and more money than he'll ever be able to spend.

The 24-year-old McIlroy already has two Majors to his credit and is the youngest player to earn $10 million on the PGA Tour, but he's also been madly erratic on the course, and has the tendency to get distracted - although who wouldn't be, if they were dating tennis star Caroline Wozniacki?

So what will it take for a new golf megastar to emerge? A look at the game's history gives us an indication of what it might take.

When Woods took the golf and sporting worlds by storm in 1997, golf was suffering a bit of an identity crisis, losing viewership to other sports and multiple cable networks, and being typecast as the "white man's sport" - not entirely unfair criticism considering between 1976-1996, non-white men won just four of the 80 Major titles - three by Spain's Seve Ballesteros, the other by his countryman Jose Maria Olazabal.

The next golf superstar doesn't necessarily have to be a different race, but he needs to have a personality to separate him from the masses. McIlroy has that, ditto someone like 2012 Masters champion Bubba Watson.

The next "must have" would be resiliency. Even Woods, who appeared on "The Tonight Show" as a child and had a father groom him for success as a golfer, didn't face the full onslaught that professional athletes do today.

A large part of that is due to the massive presence of the Internet, where information and opinion and instantaneous, and if you start to believe your fans or your critics, you're likely to burn out quickly.

Third, and perhaps most difficult to achieve and hold onto, a golfer who could grow larger than the game must have the overwhelming drive to win, win and win again. As mentioned earlier, McIlroy has already made more than $10 million in earnings on the PGA Tour, and has done the same on the European Tour.

At what point does that sort of financially unencumbered lifestyle make it tough to keep practicing relentlessly, getting out to the putting green and the driving range every week and the constant travel and commitments to sponsors, fans and the media become too much?

Woods has felt that grind first hand given his personal problems, just as the legends of other sports who were fearsome competitors - Michael Jordan, Lance Armstrong and countless others - did before him. That sort of dedication will be the true indicator that the next great golfer has finally arrived.

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