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Preseason Top 125

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

51.  John Senden  There's no mystery to the Aussie. He will go as far as his putter takes him and should make noise a few times.

52.  Kevin Na  Never fully rebounded from his driver yips at THE PLAYERS, posting just one top 10 on TOUR after that.

53.  Brendon de Jonge  Known for going low early in the week and backing up on weekends, he may have figured things out with a solo second at the Justin Timberlake and a tie for fourth at The McGladrey to end the year.

54.  Ben Crane  After three top 10s in his first four starts of 2012, he found only one more.

55.  Jeff Overton  With four runner-ups in 189 events and a Ryder Cup berth, the case could be made that he's currently the most accomplished player on TOUR without a win.

56.  Aaron Baddeley  Coming off a poor 2012 by his lofty standards, he must improve his accuracy in 2013 to allow his solid putter a chance to help him out.

57.  Cameron Tringale  Teased us with a nice run in the late spring, but didn't play any better than average after that.

58.  Padraig Harrington  He will play about 18 tournaments and likely factor the most in the toughest events.

59.  Ryan Palmer  Found three top fives in a solid 2012, but couldn't wrap up his fourth win.

60.  David Toms  Quietly had a good 2012, amassing five top 10s including a runner-up at The McGladrey Classic in just 19 starts. Spurned as a captain, maybe he'll make the 2014 Ryder Cup team.

61.  Jimmy Walker  Made 23 of 28 cuts with nine top 25s and six top 10s. Tied for fourth three times but never really scared the winner's circle.

62.  Tim Clark  Slow out the gates getting over an injury, he finished off 2012 with some serious signs of life.

63.  Kevin Stadler  Epitome of a streaky player, he's a great ball-striker that lives and dies by his putter.

64.  Ken Duke  Figured out his putter well enough to grab six top 10s in 30 starts after finding his way back to the PGA TOUR in 2012.

65.  Russell Henley  A talented player that appears streaky, going win-third-win in a three-tournament stretch on the Web.com Tour late in the season.

66.  John Rollins  Only made 15 cuts in 2012, but nine of those went for top 25s. He was 29th in ball-striking and 103rd in strokes gained-putting.

67.  Charlie Wi  Had his chances to break into the winner's circle in 2012, most notably in his runner-up at Pebble Beach when his normally excellent putter let him down.

68.  Geoff Ogilvy  The definition of mediocrity, he made 18 of 20 cuts and racked up 10 top 25s, but just one top 10 on TOUR in 2012. Needs a spark.

69.  Charley Hoffman  Comes off a normal year, making 18 of 27 cuts. For the second year in a row, he had six top 25s, two top 10s and a runner-up.

70.  Charles Howell III  Finished 2012 strong with top 15s in his last three starts. Despite a history of underperformance, he's a solid play at the Sony Open with two runners-up.

71.  Blake Adams  Nine top 25s and three top 10s in 2012 make him a threat to cash a decent check any given week. Not long, but solid across the board otherwise.

72.  J.B. Holmes  Came back from brain surgery to finish a respectable 80th on the money list in 2012. It's no secret his strength is his length.

73.  Fredrik Jacobson  It's rarely pretty, but the Swede gets the job done. He missed just two cuts in 17 tries with six top 25s.

74.  Brian Davis  Missed more cuts than usual in 2012, but got more out of the ones he made with three ties for fourth.

75.  Bryce Molder  At fifth in strokes gained-putting in 2012, he's a factor when the irons behave well.

76.  Graham DeLaet  Made a statement with his tie for fifth at The Barclays on Bethpage Black. He's not lacking for distance.

77. Mark Wilson  The snowbird's won five times, but never later than March. He's got to get it early in the season.

78. Kyle Stanley  Hasn't recorded a top 10 since his win at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Expected equipment change to Nike and moving parts in his inner circle since that win caution me.

79.  Michael Thompson  He's had two nice years on TOUR, but misses his share of cuts. Relies heavily on the putter.

80.  Pat Perez  Generally a streaky and passionate player, he found nine top 25s but only one top 10 in 2012.

81.  William McGirt  Learned how to finish better in his sophomore season, earning his first three top 10s including a runner-up at the RBC Canadian Open.

82.  Sean O’Hair  Only managed two top 10s in 2012, with one coming at the Sony Open in week two. Was 163rd in strokes gained-putting.

83.  Richard H. Lee  Came on strong late in 2012 and coasted through Q School to improve from the 126-150 category. Expect a solid year.

84.  Ryo Ishikawa  Still stronger in Japan than the U.S., he did manage a runner-up in Puerto Rico in 2012. He hasn't shown the commitment to the PGA TOUR needed to establish himself as elite.

85.  Morgan Hoffmann  The rookie doesn't have the greatest number, but he finished inside the top 10 in five of his last six Web.com Tour events.

86.  Brian Harman As a rookie off the mini tours, he made 21 of 30 cuts with nine top 25s. Never let himself fall into a big slump.

87.  Johnson Wagner  Started off 2012 with a tie for ninth, win and a tie for second, then fell off the map. Last top 25 was in March.

88.  John Mallinger  A runner-up in the Sony Open early and two fourth-place finishes late in the year were sandwiched around some spotty play. Feast or famine.

89.  Lucas Glover  Was set for a great 2012 before an injury derailed him. Could be a steal for gamers in salary formats.

90.  Sang-moon Bae  Started 2012 strong before a slump coincided with a shoulder injury. Seems to have bounced back in Asia of late.

91.  Davis Love III  With the weight of the Ryder Cup off his shoulders, he will likely put together a steady season.

92.  Robert Karlsson  Looks like he shook the swing yips of mid-summer by handling the pressure cooker of two stages of Q School without issue.

93.  Daniel Summerhays  A little feast-or-famine and played his best in weaker events with the exception of his T4 at Memorial.

94.  John Merrick  A runner-up at the FedEx St. Jude Championship covered up an otherwise unremarkable 2012.

95.  Jonathan Byrd  He'll get off to a late start due to wrist surgery. Expect him back on the Florida Swing.

96.  Brian Gay  Made 18 cuts and three top 10s in each of his last two seasons, but top 25s dropped dramatically raising concerns.

97.  Rory Sabbatini  Missed more cuts (16) than he made (13) in what was a year to forget for the normally dangerous South African.

98.  K.J. Choi  Hard to know what to expect. A year after finishing fourth on the money list he plummeted to 102nd in 2012.

99.  George McNeill  Cracked $1 million in five of his six years on TOUR, so probably won't drop much further than this.

100.  Troy Matteson  He will miss plenty of cuts, but has a few big weeks every year to keep him safe.

101.  David Hearn  Getting better in each of his first three seasons on TOUR, hitting seven figures for the first time in 2012.

102.  Patrick Reed  Has a terrible starting number, but showed that surviving Monday qualifiers was no issue in 2012.

103.  Chad Campbell  Declined in 2012, so we will find out soon enough if that was a blip on the radar or a trend.

104.  D.A. Points  A year after winning Pebble Beach, he was the sore thumb in the Rickie Fowler / Rory McIlroy playoff at Quail Hollow. Misses a bunch of cuts.

105.  Casey Wittenberg  Web.com Tour money leader means he is not subject to the reshuffle, giving him a fair shot to stick.

106.  Spencer Levin  Flirts with greatness, but has final-round issues often. 2012 impacted by late-season loss of his brother and thumb surgery.

107.  Roberto Castro  Ranked 18th in total driving and 36th in the all-around as a rookie. That suggests that big things could be around the corner.

108.  Luke List  Longest hitter on the Web.com Tour and had a win with three runners-up. Accuracy could hold him back, but expect a solid year.

109.  Charlie Beljan  He played 22 tournaments and was only relevant in three. Closed the year with a huge win to keep his card, but not a reliable player on a week-to-week basis.

110.  Greg Chalmers  His putter allows him to make plenty of cuts, but his ball-striking keeps him from contending very often.

111.  Kevin Chappell  Fought hard to finish in the 125th spot on the money list in 2012, but his talent suggests it shouldn't always be that difficult.

112.  Andres Romero  He's quietly been a steady, if not underrated TOUR player. Tied for second at Memorial and was third at Reno-Tahoe.

113.  Marc Leishman  Broke through with a win at the Travelers Championship, and hasn't contended since despite making plenty of cuts.

114.  Brendan Steele  Admittedly experimented with his schedule overseas a little too much in 2012, but may be more consistent in 2013.

115.  Ted Potter, Jr.  He's won on every level, and did so as a rookie in 2012. Good thing, because his only other top 25 was at Sony to start the year.

116.  Josh Teater  Plays a ton of events and is 17th in ball-striking, making him a long-term option for the few weeks his putter keeps pace.

117.  Will Claxton  Ranked ninth in ball-striking in a solid rookie season, but outside the top 100 in strokes gained-putting, scrambling and sand-save percentage.

118.  Kevin Streelman  It feels like he's trending in the wrong direction. He's very average in most categories and great in none.

119.  Martin Flores  Broke $1 million in his second try on TOUR due in large part to a putter that ranked him sixth in strokes gained.

120.  Tom Gillis  Watch out for him at The Honda Classic, where he was runner-up to McIlroy in 2012. Could be his pivotal event.

121.  J.J. Henry  Jumped back in the winner's circle at the Reno-Tahoe. He isn't bad statistically, but doesn't score well at all.

122.  Greg Owen  Back on TOUR after a brief hiatus, he easily kept his card despite being 174th in strokes gained-putting.

123.  Ben Curtis  He played out of his mind for about a month, winning an event an finishing runner-up in another, before returning to earth.

124.  Dong-hwan Lee  He won Q School and has a solid resume in Asia. He won't be as good off the bat as Seung-yul Noh or Sang-moon Bae, but should stick.

125.  Robert Streb  Very consistent in his first year on the Web.com Tour, and it will be that consistency that sneaks him into safety in 2013.


Next 5:  Jhonattan Vegas, Chris Stroud, Ricky Barnes, Robert Allenby, Henrik Stenson


Factors that could provoke movement in this list in our first update that might not be so obvious would include players subject to the reshuffle getting off to a slow start, a player with a strong or weak history in the West Coast Swing playing to the opposite of their history, and a player normally strong or weak in a certain relevant statistical field showing a major improvement or falloff in that area.


Best of luck with your games!


Ryan O’Sullivan joined Rotoworld in 2012. The Clemson grad blogs as The Golf Aficionado and can be found on Twitter @ryangolfblogger.
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