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Ryan's Top 125: Preseason Rank

Monday, September 30, 2013


101  K.J. Choi  It was reasonable to think that his plummet from fourth to 102nd in the money list from 2011 to 2012 was a temporary lapse in form, but his 85th last year could be the flashing sign that age has caught up with the former star.

102  Charlie Wi  His 121st place on the 2013 money list was 41 spots lower than his next worst in any of the last six years. Struggles tee-to-green, but the putter props him up.

103  Mark Anderson  Finished 155th on the money list in his rookie year of 2012, and is back again after easily navigating the Web.com Tour for a second time. A second look at PGA TOUR courses should be the difference in keeping his card this time around.

104  Patrick Cantlay  Has potential similar to that of a Jordan Spieth, but one has to proceed with caution due to bouts with the injury bug at such a young age. If his health wasn’t in question, he would be much higher. Billy Horschel also battled injuries early in his career.

105  Josh Teater  In four years on the PGA TOUR, his average money list finish is 90.5. His 65th last season was a career high, but most of the damage was done early in the season.

106  David Toms  Dropped from 46th to 123rd on the money list last season while focusing on opening his golf academy. Had finished inside the top 50 in each of the four years prior, but one has to factor his age (46) into the equation.

107  Tommy Gainey  Heated up in the Fall Series and picked up his only TOUR win in 2012. Not having those events count towards his 2013 tally could partially explain his 133rd finish on the money list.

108  Stewart Cink  Broke his streak of two consecutive years outside the top 100 on the money list with a 78th in 2013, but will have plenty of competition again in ’13-14.

109  Nicolas Colsaerts  Finished 114th in his first season on TOUR in 2013. The lesson learned is that he can’t be counted on for more than the minimum starts.

110  Sean O’Hair  Fought to get his card back in the Web.com Tour Finals. Went from sixth on the 2009 PGA TOUR money list to 41st, 57th, 84th and an ugly 172nd in each of the subsequent seasons. Should be closer to 84th than 172nd in ’13-14.

111  J.J. Henry  Looking back to 2008, 111th is his worst finish so no reason to drop him any further on the value scale.

112  Martin Flores  Coming off seasons of 96th and 103rd on the money list in 2012 and ’13, respectively. Had three fewer top 25s in ’13 than in ’12, but otherwise a stable commodity.

113  Geoff Ogilvy  On a career slide, as he was eighth on the 2009 money list before dipping to 29th, 43rd, 71st and 93rd in each successive season. Hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel just yet.

114  William McGirt  After retaining conditional status as a rookie at 141st in the money list in 2011, he’s posted returns of 74th and 97th in ‘12 and ’13 and would be a nice value in this spot.

115  Ken Duke  Has been in the top 60 of the money list in each of his last two PGA TOUR seasons, but a win in 2013 has me cautious of a celebratory step back in 2013-’14.

116  Lucas Glover  Like several guys, it all comes down to the flat stick for G-Lover. He finished 105th on the money list in 2008, then won the U.S. Open and finished ninth in earnings in 2009. If anything, the lesson is that you can’t completely count him out just because he was 108th in 2013.

117  Nicholas Thompson  A strong 87th on the money list in 2013 after a two-year stint on the Web.com Tour. Like numerous players, a couple of weeks will make or break his season.

118  Brian Harman  Was 87th on the money list as a rookie in 2012 and maintained a similar level of play at 92nd in ’13. Feels like he should be higher, but not sure who to bump down in his favor.

119  Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano  Another Euro that has taken up PGA TOUR membership due to non-member earnings in 2013. He’ll face challenges similar to the others we’ve highlighted above.

120  George McNeill  Average finish on the money list since 2008 is 92.833 with nothing better than a 57th or worse than a 138th. Could be a decent value in this spot.

121  Scott Langley  Ranked 127th on the 2013 money list, but was inside the top 125 in the FedExCup standings and retained his card for a second season. Tends to show up on courses that require accuracy off the tee and don’t put a premium on length.

122  Ted Potter Jr.  It will likely all come down to The Greenbrier, where he won in 2012 as a rookie and finished T6 in ’13.

123  Brian Gay  It’s probably a good idea to jump on him if he’s available at this point. His average finish on the money list since 2008 is 60.33 with nothing worse than a 117th in 2012. Just didn’t do much after his win at the Humana in January.

124  Johnson Wagner  His 35th on the 2012 money list has proven to be the exception rather than the rule, and the 75-150 range is a much more likely natural landing spot.

125  Camilo Villegas  Played 2013 with conditional status (126-150) and finished high enough to earn his full playing privileges in ’13-14. He gets the final spot for the new season.

 

The following players (in alphabetical order) deserve your attention, as they cracked the top 125 in at least one of the versions of my top 125 but were eventually bumped down the list. For you college football fans, liken this to the category of those receiving votes just outside the top 25.

 

Ricky Barnes

Greg Chalmers

James Driscoll

Justin Hicks

Jerry Kelly

D.H. Lee

Troy Matteson

Michael Putnam

Andres Romero

Brian Stuard

Hudson Swafford

Kevin Tway

 

As always, best of luck to all this season!

 



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