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2012 PGA Tour Rankings

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

It is time to bid farewell. These rankings conclude my writing career, I have thoroughly enjoyed providing insight and analysis over the last two years at Rotoworld. I will miss the weekly Promotions, Demotions, number crunching and most importantly, the communication with the readers, but all good things must end. A special thanks goes out to Rotoworld and Rob Bolton for believing in me, I hope I made them proud. Thanks again to all my readers for taking the time to read the article each week and I hope we made more birdies than bogeys.    


Here is my top-175 for the PGA Tour in ’12. Non-members are not included in these rankings and I have not expanded on all 175 players, but would be more than happy to provide analysis on a one-by-one basis. The players with numbers in parenthesis indicate their start in the reshuffle or if they are playing on a Major Medical Exemption.


Here were some of the factors that I used to rank the players; GIR, Driving Distance, Scrambling, Birdie or Better Conversion Percentage, Birdie to Bogey Ratio, Par-5 Scoring Average, Adjusted Scoring, Strokes-Gained Putting, Final-Round Scoring Average, Top-10s and players trends in GIR, Scrambling and Strokes-Gained Putting. I combined these stats with their previous seasons on the PGA Tour, their ranking on the PGA Tour in ’11, their OWGR and their status as it relates to ’12.


When drafting your team, do not be too aggressive in the first four rounds, but make sure you are thinking about a player’s upside. Rounds five through nine ought to be cut-making moguls and you should fill these slots with players who have solid full-field status in ’12. Round 10 and later is about risk and this is where you can take some chances, but do not get overly aggressive with Q School, Nationwide Tour, Conditional Status, or Non-Members.


If you have questions about any of these players or anyone that is not listed, send me an email at In addition, discussing theory or draft strategy is sometimes better in a live conversation and if you would like to speak with me on the phone just send me an email with a phone number and I will call you to answer any of your questions.


Thanks for taking the time to read the Draft Kit articles and I am officially ready for my home-league draft in January.


2012 PGA Tour Rankings


1. Luke Donald: GIR caught up with short game; clear cut number-one

2. Nick Watney: Game continues to reach new heights. Third in attributes

3. Tiger Woods: Could be fourth, but I cannot let him slide any further

4. Jason Day: Like Watney, continues to improve and his short game is tremendous

5. Webb Simpson: Remarkable year in ’11. Hard to duplicate, but fifth is good spot

6. Adam Scott: Putting made big turnaround when he went to long-putter. Irons are great

7. Steve Stricker: Irons digressed and there is injury concern, but would take him seventh

8. Dustin Johnson: He is a horse for certain courses and his GIR trended forward.

9. Hunter Mahan: Finished 13th in strokes-gained putting and was flat in scrambling.

10. Phil Mickelson: No way to leave him out of top-10.  

11. Matt Kuchar: A steal at 11; he has nine top-10s in ’11.

12. Rory McIlroy: I see him playing 14 to 15 events, but could win on any course.

13. Jim Furyk: Loved the backend of ’11. Might be a reach, but has something in tank

14. Lee Westwood: See McIlroy above

15. Bubba Watson: Similar to Dustin Johnson and hits his irons well.

16. Charles Howell III: I love his stats over the last six months. He will win in ’12.

17. Bo Van Pelt: Like III Sticks above, he will win in ’12, but needs putter to cooperate.

18. Brandt Snedeker: Took awhile, but I am a believer. His irons are trending forward.

19. Kyle Stanley: My true dark horse. Love his swagger and irons. Short game is worrisome.

20. Gary Woodland: I cannot continue to overlook his power and precision with his irons.

21. Bill Haas: Pure ball-striker, and does not make many bogeys.

22. Aaron Baddeley: Will prove ’11 was not a fluke in ’12. Irons are improving.  

23. David Toms: First half of year was better than the last, but still a contender.

24. K.J. Choi: Slightly worried about Choi’s irons, but love his tenacity.

25. Fredrik Jacobson: Like Baddeley, he will prove he is ready for next tier.

26. Bryce Molder: Loved his second half. Irons trending and he has a great short game.

27. Carl Pettersson: Huge trends in GIR, with digression with putting. Like his upside.

28. Chris Kirk: He simply knows how to compete. Done it at every level. Believe in him.

29. Justin Rose: Streaky, but can go low. Has to get back to ’10 short game numbers.

30. Zach Johnson: Will win again in ’12. Will get more out of his game in ‘12

31. Charl Schwartzel

32. Scott Piercy

33. Rickie Fowler

34. Martin Laird

35. Retief Goosen

36. Anthony Kim

37. Geoff Ogilvy

38. Greg Chalmers

39. Spencer Levin

40. Cameron Tringale

41. Kevin Na

42. Keegan Bradley

43. Robert Allenby

44. John Senden

45. Kevin Streelman

46. Blake Adams

47. Brendon de Jonge

48. Charley Hoffman

49. Sergio Garcia

50. Josh Teater

51. Chad Campbell

52. Trevor Immelman

53. Heath Slocum

54. Paul Casey

55. Louis Oosthuizen

56. Ernie Els

57. Camilo Villegas

58. Charlie Wi

59. Jonathan Byrd

60. Ryan Palmer

61. Graeme McDowell

62. Y.E. Yang

63. Steve Marino

64. John Rollins

65. Bud Cauley

66. Ted Potter, Jr. (2)

67. Jason Dufner

68. Mark Wilson

69. Jhonattan Vegas

70. Ian Poulter

71. Seung-yul Noh (7)

72. Brian Davis

73. Danny Lee (9)

74. Brian Gay

75. Harris English (33)

76. Jeff Overton

77. Jason Kokrak (6)

78. Lucas Glover

79. Sang-moon Bae (21)

80. Scott Stallings

81. Hunter Haas

82. Brandt Jobe

83. Michael Thompson

84. Kris Blanks

85. Sunghoon Kang

86. Jerry Kelly

87. Briny Baird

88. Billy Mayfair

89. Chez Reavie

90. Gary Christian (16)

91. Nick O'Hern

92. Mathew Goggin (4)

93. Vijay Singh

94. David Hearn

95. Jimmy Walker

96. Ricky Barnes

97. William McGirt (31)

98. Andres Romero

99. Pat Perez

100. Robert Karlsson

101. Troy Matteson

102. Justin Leonard

103. Garth Mulroy (40)

104. John Merrick

105. David Mathis

106. Rory Sabbatini

107. Ryan Moore

108. Brendon Todd (1)

109. Ben Crane

110. Kevin Stadler

111. Kevin Chappell

112. Matt Every (34)

113. Graham DeLaet (MME)

114. Henrik Stenson

115. Scott Verplank

116. Chris Couch

117. Robert Garrigus

118. D.A. Points

119. J.J. Henry

120. Stephen Gangluff (3)  

121. Chris Stroud

122. Tommy Gainey

123. J.B. Holmes

124. John Mallinger (26)

125. Marc Leishman

126. Angel Cabrera

127. Brendan Steele

128. Padraig Harrington

129. Sean O'Hair

130. Stewart Cink

131. Tommy Biershenk (11)

132. Bobby Gates (5)

133. Jason Bohn

134. Ryuji Imada

135. Vaughn Taylor (13)

136. Tim Clark

137. D.J. Trahan

138. Tom Gillis

139. Stuart Appleby

140. Johnson Wagner

141. Russell Knox (22)

142. Erik Compton (24)

143. Billy Horschel

144. Jonas Blixt (8)

145. James Driscoll

146. Davis Love III

147. Jarrod Lyle (9)

148. Billy Hurley III (47)

149. Roberto Castro (29)

150. Rod Pampling

151. Bill Lunde

152. Michael Bradley

153. Roland Thatcher

154. George McNeill

155. Tom Pernice, Jr.

156. Tim Petrovic

157. Steve Flesch

158. Chris DiMarco

159. Garrett Willis

160. Joe Ogilvie

161. J.J. Killeen

162. Harrison Frazar

163. Scott McCarron

164. Bob Estes (15)

165. Shane Bertsch (53)

166. Tim Herron

167. Michael Putnam (54)

168. Stephen Ames

169. Ben Curtis

170. Kevin Kisner (23)

171. Nathan Green (50)

172. Matt Jones

173. Matt Bettencourt

174. Arjun Atwal

175. Cameron Beckman

John McNamara wrote full-time for Rotoworld in 2010 and 2011, but he still maintains the pulse of the landscape. He was FSWA’s Golf Writer of the Year in 2008 and 2010.
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