There's a lot of hype out there this year, maybe even more than usual. There's always a lot of pre-major hype this time of year regarding some of the big names in golf, but 2009 also features a number of young faces coming to a major near you.
Here's the thing about hype. Sometimes there's truth behind it. Sometimes it's just hot air. We complain a lot about hype, but I kind of think of it as a USGA index. Events seldom live up to the hype, just like you can't shoot your index very often (it is based on your best 10 rounds out of your last 20, not an average). But you might shoot your index in your best rounds. Each is about proven or (in the case of hype) perceived potential.
When it comes to sporting events, hype tells us about what is possible. It also boosts ratings and sells advertising, but there has to be a kernel of truth there or we'd never buy it. At its best, it is not about what will happen, but what might. And so, though the hype might drive us nuts from time to time, here's a look at nine of the most hyped golfers of the 2009 season and an assessment of the truth lying below.