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Ryan's Top 125, Fifth Edition

Thursday, June 20, 2013


51  Ian Poulter (29)  He’ll be favored to make a move at The Open Championship, but his T21 at the U.S. Open was tied for his best finish since the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. We expected more this year.

52  Josh Teater (50)  Making plenty of cuts, with a T7 at Colonial. That was his best finish since the Northern Trust Open. Our earlier fade to around this spot was about right.

53  Scott Piercy (44)  Nice run leading up to the U.S. Open, including a T5 at the Byron Nelson, but still a ways to go if he wants a tee time at East Lake.

54  David Lynn (38)  Still waiting for him to return to play in the U.S. That could be the PGA Championship.

55  Kevin Chappell (69)  Developing a feast-or-famine reputation. Runner-up at the Memorial was huge.

56  Luke Guthrie (37)  Continues to make cuts for the most part, but we have to go back to his T8 in New Orleans for his last finish inside the top 50.

57  Marc Leishman (43)  Title defense forthcoming in Connecticut this week, but has lost momentum following a nice run from the Masters through the Byron Nelson.

58  Angel Cabrera (53)  Impossible to figure out weekly, but no reason to think he may not show up one or two more times in 2013.

59  Ernie Els (78)  Game seems to be rounding into form just in time for his Open Championship defense at Muirfield. And yes. He won the Open at Muirfield in ’02.

60  Charley Hoffman (58)  Had a couple of top 20s in Texas but faded a little at the Memorial and U.S. Open. Still a worthy risk at the right spot.

61  Derek Ernst (51)  Looking like this year’s Ted Potter Jr. A rookie with not much going on before or after his win.

62  K.J. Choi (59)  Steady year, but nothing flashy. Trending only slightly better than 2012.

63  Cameron Tringale (52)  Went through a rough patch in the heart of the Spring, but rebounded to make his last three cuts including a T16 at the Memorial.

64  Graham DeLaet (74)  Three top 25s in as many starts since THE PLAYERS, culminating with a T10 at the Byron Nelson. Full-season gamers looking for value in 2013-14 might want to pull for him to finish the season a little flat and steal him next year.

65  Robert Garrigus (54)  Not much going well for the bomber right now, at least on the course. Ushered in a new child several weeks ago, partially explaining his form.

66  Scott Brown (56)  Worth consideration in weaker fields like the John Deere Classic and Sanderson Farms Championship.

67  David Hearn (108)  Stepped up his game with a T21-T18-T21 run from the Memorial through the U.S. Open.

68  Brian Davis (102)  Made 10 of his last 11 cuts with a T6 at the Shell Houston Open and a T8 at the Memorial highlighting the consistent run.

69  Lucas Glover (60)  Missed two cuts since becoming a dad, but tends to play his best golf when he’s an afterthought. Well, nobody’s talking about him at the Travelers this week.

70  Kevin Stadler (63)  He’s settling into a familiar range of making plenty of money but rarely finding himself on television over the weekends.

71  Ben Crane (64)  Top 20s in three of his last seven starts have gone a long way towards erasing a concerning start to the year.

72  John Huh (109)  Emerged from afterthought status to pop a T8 at the Byron Nelson, a T11 at Colonial and a T17 at the U.S. Open. He’s in play on courses that demand accuracy.

73  Brian Stuard (72)  Ended a pretty bad slump with a T22 at Colonial, but has missed two cuts since. He isn’t as good as his early-season play, but isn’t as bad as his current form either.

74  Jeff Overton (57)  A DQ, MC and T75 in his last three starts explain the fade.

75  Geoff Ogilvy (68)  His T32 at the U.S. Open was his third-best finish of the year if that tells you anything. It’s a new generation of top Aussies. Out with Appleby, Allenby and Ogilvy and in with Day and Leishman. We all hope Jarrod Lyle returns to the party in 2014 as well.

76  Pat Perez (71)  Tied for eighth at the Memorial in his last start. He’s following his historical earnings trend nicely.

77  Nicolas Colsaerts (87)  Probably failed to meet expectations to a degree this year, but he’s encroaching on what he made in 2012, arriving at the Travelers just $67K shy. The problem may have been the expectations.

78  Matt Jones (89)  His T6 at the Memorial a few weeks ago essentially locks up his card for next season.

79  John Senden (82)  His T15 at the U.S. Open was a season-best.

80  Padraig Harrington (80)  Been a quiet year, with all three of his top 10s sneaking in the back door.

81  Roberto Castro (100)  Made each of his last six cuts. He’s a guy to keep an eye on the next couple of months as a potential 2013-14 draft pick.

82  Bob Estes (73)  Results have slowed down on the golf course, but his opinions on Twitter stay current.

83  Charlie Beljan (88)  He’s missed five of his last six cuts which means he’s due for a win at any moment. Seriously though, we were introduced to him for the first time at Greenbrier so give him a look there.

84  Carl Pettersson (83)  Given how little we’ve seen the Swede in contention I would not have guessed he’s made 14 of 16 cuts. Just one top 10 though.

85  Bud Cauley (94)  Surprisingly he’s missed more cuts (eight) than he’s made (seven), but I’m optimistic that events like the John Deere will snap him out of it. Could be a curse that he got into The Open Championship rather than playing in Mississippi the same week.

86  Nicholas Thompson (93)  Missed six consecutive cuts but bounced back with a T27 at TPC Southwind and a T56 at Merion.

87  James Driscoll (97)  Making a high percentage of cuts this year compared to 2012 and scored a T13 at the Memorial in his last start. The Massachusetts native won’t mind playing in Connecticut this week.

88  Stewart Cink (66)  Missed three of his last four cuts. Or as the Golf Boys would eloquently say, he’s sprung a leak in his Stewie Stewie Cink.

89  Justin Leonard (91)  Made 14 (of 17) cuts with one top 25. He’s doing the best he can with what he’s got to work with.

90  Jerry Kelly (104)  Six of his last seven cuts secured means he likely won’t need any type of special exemption for 2013-14.

91  James Hahn (70)  Still waiting on him to prove that he can play somewhere other than the West Coast.

92  Richard H. Lee (90)  Really steady sophomore year. Another guy to begin evaluating for the purposes of 2013-14. Starting to remind me of Brendon de Jonge.

93  Ken Duke (92)  Four top 25s are good, but needs to make more cuts.

94  Brian Harman (86)  Hasn’t repeated his consistency of 2012, but he’s only a few good weeks away from ending up in the same ballpark.

95  Peter Hanson (65)  With only one top 10, he’s one of a few internationals that have disappointed this season.

96  Chris Stroud (107)  Two top 10s in his last six starts have him about safe as we’ve seen him this early in the season. Usually sweats out a card until the very end, but that doesn’t look to be the case this time around.

97  Patrick Reed (NR)  Four consecutive made cuts climaxed with a fifth at the FedEx St. Jude Classic two weeks ago. His flair for the dramatic will probably see him take his status down to the wire and then lock it up in a memorable way.

98  Matt Every (117)  His T4 at Colonial came out of nowhere, as is usually the case with his better weeks. One trend, he generally doesn’t follow up high finishes well in his next start.

99  Justin Hicks (119)  Appears safe for 2013-14 after a T7 at TPC Southwind.

100  Brendan Steele (76)  Missed his last six cuts and needs to get it sorted out if he wants a card for next year. He is not in a safe zone at this moment.

101  Aaron Baddeley (79)  See Brendan Steele. Missed last six cuts.

102  Bryce Molder (77)  Missed five of his last six cuts, with a T65 at Colonial the only respite.

103  Camilo Villegas (NR)  Not the same star we saw several years ago, but he’s picked himself back up and made his last four cuts. Trending towards a spot in the FEC Playoffs.

104  Ted Potter Jr. (103)  Greenbrier defense coming up.

105  Mark Wilson (98)  What is it with these Wisconsin natives playing light schedules? Only has 12 starts under his belt. I guess Stricker needed a hunting buddy?

106  Martin Kaymer (96)  A T5 at the Byron Nelson was the first time he’d done anything better than a T35 in a stroke play event on the PGA TOUR this year.

107  Erik Compton (101)  In what is an incredible story of perseverance, he doesn’t need to do much else to lock up a 2013-14 TOUR card. Cheers!

108  Greg Chalmers (84)  He’ll make a few more cuts and run out the clock on the 2013 season with a berth to The Barclays in hand.

109  Charlie Wi (81)  Hasn’t cracked a top 30 since Pebble Beach, prompting the fade. Like Chalmers, he’ll make enough cuts and tread enough water to punch a Playoff ticket.

110  Louis Oosthuizen (67)  This could be a lost year for King Louis. He’s been hit hard by the injury bug (and the baby bug) the last month and that jeopardizes the rest of his 2013 season.

111  Jeff Maggert (111)  He’ll be Champions Tour-ready when he turns the big 5-0 in February of 2014.

112  George McNeill (95)  It’s been quantity of made cuts over quality. Probably due for another big week before year end.

113  Jason Kokrak (99)  Given his spot in the FEC Standings, his WD from the Travelers is a bit puzzling. Keep an eye on his player page for any news.

114  Martin Flores (NR)  Made five of his last seven cuts with a pair of top 15s. Still has some work left to do.

115  Gary Woodland (NR)  Quietly made his last nine cuts, with the most recent going for a pair of top 20s. If someone offered you a bomber trade of Gary Woodland for Robert Garrigus for the remainder of the year, I might take Woodland.

116  Ross Fisher (105)  I’m beginning to wonder if he’s in the process of giving up on the PGA TOUR. Since his T10 at the Wells Fargo, he’s played just once in the U.S., missing the cut at the FedEx St. Jude.

117  Robert Karlsson (106)  Here’s a fun fact that may prove useful. In the 1992 Open Championship at Muirfield (site of this year’s Open), he tied for fifth. He is in the field via International Qualifying in America this year.

118  Daniel Summerhays (114)  Looks like he’s going to be a bubble boy for the Playoffs until the bitter end.

119  Vijay Singh (115)  Currently 134th and on the outside looking in. I find it hard to believe he won’t at least make the Playoffs but it is a very real scenario at this point.

120  William McGirt (120)  His ratio of made cuts is identical to 2012 but he’s missing the top 25s.

121  Tommy Gainey (116)  He doesn’t have a top 30 in a full-field event this season. I’m banking on him having a couple of his lighting-in-a-bottle type weeks down the stretch, but I wouldn’t blame you if you bailed.

122  Shawn Stefani (NR)  Really missed a golden chance to lock up a card in Memphis with a final-round 76. Closed out the U.S. Open with a 69, but it didn’t much matter thanks to a third-round 85.

123  Jonathan Byrd (123)  Picked up a top 10 at the St. Jude in what was his ninth start back from injury. Still a long way to go to crack the top 125 and not a lot of time to do it, but he’s too good of a player to count out just yet.

124  Henrik Norlander (110)  He’s made seven of his last eight cuts and just needs one of them to go for a big finish.

125  Justin Bolli (NR)  He’s only made five (of 15) cuts, but two of those went for fourth-place finishes including the Byron Nelson. Currently 121st in the FEC Standings, so has to work hard to hold on.

 

Dropping out: Ben Kohles (112), Scott Langley (113), Brad Fritsch (121), Robert Streb (122), Retief Goosen (124), Vaughn Taylor (125).

 

We will check in on the group after The Open Championship, where there shouldn’t be too many more mysteries to solve involving the FedExCup Playoff field and 2013-14 PGA TOUR cards.

 



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