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Ryan's Top 125, Third Edition

Thursday, April 18, 2013


51  Louis Oosthuizen (7)  A missed cut at the Masters erases the optimism of a top 10 in Houston. Needs to get it together soon.

52  James Hahn (31)  Didn’t make a cut in the state of Florida, meaning Bermuda greens could be a problem.

53  Padraig Harrington (41)  Teased us with a second top 10 at the Valero Texas Open and will continue to show up from time to time.

54  Ben Crane (75)  Just when I was about ready to fade him hard he tied for fourth at the Shell Houston Open. He has a nice history at Harbour Town, so we’ll get more insight on him quickly.

55  Boo Weekley (NR)  Picked up a runner-up in Tampa Bay. Now heads to the site of his only two TOUR wins for the RBC Heritage.

56  Geoff Ogilvy (78)  A runner-up at The Honda Classic came out of the blue and got everyone energized on the Aussie, but he hasn’t backed it up.

57  Ryan Moore (24)  A fourth at the Phoenix Open remains his only top 25, but history says he’ll get it together. He’s struggling with the putter right now.

58  Josh Teater (39)  One of a few players who’s game didn’t get the memo that the West Coast Swing was over and it was time to head to Florida.

59  Ryan Palmer (48)  A T15 at the Valero Texas open was hurt by a final-round 74. It was his third top 15 of the year.

60  John Rollins (47)  Racking up the top 25s, but has yet to score a top 10.

61  Nicolas Colsaerts (86)  The good news is, his world ranking will get him into plenty of events. The bad news, he doesn’t have a stroke-play top 15 on TOUR this year.

62  Aaron Baddeley (58)  Finishes are inconsistent and rarely high. Not a surprise when you figure he’s fourth in strokes gained-putting and 185th in ball-striking.

63  Charley Hoffman (73)  Texas two-step resulted in a T20 and T3, bouncing back from a weak Florida Swing. Could be a factor in Hilton Head, especially if it gets windy.

64  David Lynn (NR)  Made the cut at the Masters and is showing some comfort in the U.S. as a “rookie.”

65  Bud Cauley (61)  Suffering a bit of a sophomore slump, but bounced to life with a T16 in Houston and a T31 in San Antonio.

66  Stewart Cink (112)  Made his last six cuts including a T6 in Houston and a T25 at the Masters.

67  Marc Leishman (79)  While he only has two top 10s this year, he made plenty of noise in a T4 at the Masters that included a share of the 18-hole lead.

68  Kevin Stadler (44)  He’s gained strokes putting in one event this year, and it was a T11. He will do plenty of damage the few weeks he putts. Good luck guessing those weeks.

69  Ernie Els (43)  No top 10s for the Big Easy this year, but a pair of T13s at Riviera CC and Augusta National require your respect.

70  Brian Stuard (77)  Finally missed his first cut in his ninth event of the year in Houston. May deserve a little more love than this, but I’m still a tad skeptical.

71  Scott Brown (NR)  Win in Puerto Rico followed a 2012 pattern of showing up big in the weakest events. How high he finishes in the FedExCup standings ahead of the Playoffs will depend on how he does in events like the John Deere Classic.

72  Charlie Wi (69)  Exactly what we’ve come to expect from the steady putter. That is plenty of paydays, but not many high finishes.

73  Martin Kaymer (40)  His rookie year on the PGA TOUR is not going well. Currently 125th in the standings, his stature hints that he’s got to finish better than that.

74  Graham DeLaet (84)  Stands a chance on many of the longer courses where par is a good score. Maybe a wild card at Quail Hollow?

75  Pat Perez (71)  Here’s another veteran that is slotting nicely into familiar patterns. Expect several more top 25s and another top 10 or two.

76  Kevin Chappell (93)  Missing his share of cuts, but four top 25s and two top eights in his four paydays show he makes the most of the weekend.

77  Bryce Molder (76)  Reminds me of Kevin Streelman in that his stats suggest he should contend more than he does. Only has one missed cut, but zero top 10s.

78  Charlie Beljan (67)  He will miss more cuts than he makes the rest of the way but his limited history says that the few weeks he contends could be magical.

79  Carl Pettersson (45)  This may be a little low for the five-time winner, but he’s not getting it done on the weekends this season.

80  Brendan Steele (81)  Missed out on his favorite opportunity at the Valero Texas Open with just a T46, but has been remarkably consistent this year with just one missed cut.

81  John Senden (65)  All about the putter with the Aussie, and one top 25 in 10 starts illustrates that it just isn’t happening for him yet.

82  Bob Estes (80)  Made seven of eight cuts with a T7 in San Antonio in his last start, but history suggests that he can’t keep up that pace.

83  Greg Chalmers (113)  A T4 in Tampa Bay was followed with two missed cuts and a T37. Putter is rarely the issue.

84  Harris English (72)  Plugging along in sophomore season, but hasn’t wowed yet. Could be a sneaky pick for Harbour Town’s tight fairways.

85  Jason Kokrak (125)  Misses his share of cuts, but three top 15s show that his length will keep him in the game on the right courses. Think of him as a poor man’s Robert Garrigus.

86  Brian Harman (95)  Hasn’t been quite as sharp as his rookie season, but isn’t too far off pace.

87  Nicholas Thompson (110)  Making some cuts, but nothing better than a T23 at The Honda Classic since we last checked in on the Floridian.

88  Ken Duke (109)  A yellow light attached to the start of his season, but a T8 at Bay Hill reminds us to be patient.

89  Scott Stallings (49)  Keep him on your radar for the weaker events played on resort-style courses with forgiving fairways and plenty of birdies.

90  Ben Kohles (NR)  Scored his first top 10 at Tampa Bay and backed it up with a T14 at Bay Hill. We can no longer ignore the rookie.

91  Justin Leonard (121)  Has missed just one cut, but has only one top 25. It was a T4 in Tampa Bay. He can’t be a factor often, but makes the most of his opportunities.

92  James Driscoll (115)  Struck out in Texas, but went 3-for-3 in the three starts prior with a T21 in Tampa Bay.

93  Seung-yul Noh (54)  One of several unexpected sophomore slumpers, with new equipment to boot.

94  David Lingmerth (70)  Early success has long been forgotten, missing five of his last seven cuts with nothing better than a T50.

95  Lucas Glover (89)  Ball-striking (44th) is on point but at 180th in strokes gained-putting he is limited to courses that don’t require deep numbers. Perfect example, T3 in GIR at the Masters but last in putting of those making the cut including nine three putts.

96  Richard H. Lee (85)  Already matched last year’s top-10 total (1), and with three top 25s he’s one away from last years’ tally on that as well.

97  Rory Sabbatini (NR)  Made half of his eight cuts, but no top 25s yet. Needs a big run leading up to the U.S. Open. One has to wonder if his ex-wife’s high profile on Twitter is a distraction.

98  William McGirt (82)  If you take away last year’s runner-up in Canada, he’s trending nicely to 2012.

99  Matt Jones (98)  Could be a threat to pick off a weaker event, and in much better shape than a 2012 campaign that forced a trip to Q School.

100  Brian Davis (88)  Came alive with a T6 in Houston and has one of his favorite stops on tap this week at Harbour Town.

101  Vijay Singh (96)  Continues to be a moving target until we understand the fallout from the deer antler spray, but his current form doesn’t merit much better than this. Had nine three putts at Augusta National.

102  John Huh (83)  Nabbed his second top 25 of the year at the Masters, giving us hope that the 2012 rookie of the year is ready to become relevant in 2013.

103  Daniel Summerhays (108)  A T7 at the Valero Texas Open allows us to plug him safely inside the top 125.

104  Mark Wilson (122)  We are moving into the warmer months, which has traditionally been bad for Wilson.

105  Matt Every (56)  More inconsistent than last year, making him very much a risk/reward player.

106  Kyle Stanley (118)  His ball-striking is acceptable at this point. It’s all on the flat stick, where he’s 190th in strokes gained.

107  Kevin Na (66)  A 10 at the 12th of the Masters in the final round brought back memories of his 16 at the Valero Texas Open in 2011.

108  Retief Goosen (62)  A bit disappointing that he hasn’t cracked a top 25 since his T9 at Pebble Beach.

109  George McNeill (97)  Only missed one cut, but doesn’t have a top 25. If this is his best stretch of golf, he’s in trouble. If it’s his worst, he’s golden.

110  Sang-moon Bae (60)  A T8 at Riviera didn’t lead to much in Florida or Texas.

111  Jonas Blixt (50)  Seems like all the sophomore’s are slumping compared to 2012, and the Swede is no exception.

112  Roberto Castro (106)  Three top 25s overshadow six missed cuts when you get to this point of the list.

113  Tommy Gainey (51)  I still expect him to show up a few times ,but with nine missed cuts in 12 starts it’s time for a fade.

114  Gary Woodland (NR)  Making more cuts than he’s missing, he just needs one or two big weeks to secure a 2013-2014 TOUR card.

115  Jonathan Byrd (94)  Missed his first two cuts upon returning from injury, but had some flashes that show he’s at least healthy. Quail Hollow and Muirfield Village will be important judges of form.

116  Y.E. Yang (NR)  Nothing better than a T18 in eight starts.

117  Ross Fisher (64)  The English rookie is making more cuts than he’s missing, but only has one top 25.

118  Jerry Kelly (NR)  He’s 5-for-9 with one top 25. Actually, almost identical to the aforementioned Fisher.

119  Erik Compton (NR)  It would be one of the feel-good stories of the year if he could retain his card. Trending well, currently at 60th in the FEC standings, but only had one top 25 from this point on last year.

120  David Hearn (100)  Missed six of 10 cuts, but a T8 and a T16 mean stay patient.

121  Sean O’Hair (102)  A bit of an enigma, he currently sits 130th in the FEC standings and could finish anywhere any given week.

122  David Toms (68)  Made the cut at the Masters, but has struggled for stretches of 2013.

123  Robert Streb (NR)  A T18 at The Honda Classic, T11 in Puerto Rico and a T21 in Houston up his total to four top 25s in 11 starts. Could turn into the Brian Harman of the 2013 rookie class.

124  Johnson Wagner (91)  Red alert. Some of his best events are behind him and he’s 124th in the FEC standings with one top 25.

125  J.J. Henry (120)  Made seven (of 10) cuts this year, but not enough high finishes to do any better than 123rd in current FEC standings.

 

Falling out: Scott Langley (74), J.B. Holmes (87), Ted Potter, Jr. (92), Patrick Reed (101), Brad Fritsch (104), Casey Wittenberg (105), Steve Marino (107), Troy Matteson (111), Ricky Barnes (114), Greg Owen (117), Justin Hicks (119), Chad Campbell (123), Tom Gillis (124).

 

We will return following THE PLAYERS to see if the golfers are behaving according to plan or if they have flipped things upside down on us.

 

Best of luck to all!

 



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Ryan O’Sullivan joined Rotoworld in 2012. The Clemson grad blogs as The Golf Aficionado.
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