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Ryan's Top 125: Volume Two

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

51  Roberto Castro (40)  Light schedule early, with a T35 at the CIMB Classic in his only action.

52  Rory Sabbatini (41)  Salvaged a rocky autumn with a T3 at Mayakoba.

53  Bo Van Pelt (42)  Important year for BVP owners, as you either just bought him on the cheap or invested at a time where he is beginning a career slide.

54  Scott Piercy (45)  While he hasn’t come close to replicating his July of 2012 run, he is still proving good for a top five every three or four months.

55  Morgan Hoffmann (46)  Made three out of four cuts to start the season, but we’re still waiting on one of those special weeks that seems inevitable.

56  Scott Stallings (47)  When considering his career curve and hit-or-miss nature, that he’s missed three out of four cuts early is not even a yellow flag.

57  John Huh (48)  Finally was able to defend at Mayakoba and posted a respectable T23. That was his best start of the new season, but he has yet to miss a cut in four tries.

58  Jason Kokrak (49)  Finished inside the top 12 twice in three starts to begin the season, which is comforting if you’ve invested in or are considering buying the bomber.

59  Marc Leishman (50)  Expectations will be heightened after his Presidents Cup appearance and how he manages that will be the story of his season.

60  Martin Kaymer (51)  After a full season on TOUR , he now has some familiarity on his side for 2013-14. Tied for eighth at the WGC-HSBC in his only TOUR start of the new season.

61  Louis Oosthuizen (52)  His T15 to begin the new season at the WGC-HSBC already has his earnings at roughly 20 percent of injury-riddled 2013 TOUR season.

62  Ernie Els (55)  Took a tumble in 2013 from where he was in year prior. That he isn’t getting any younger shouldn’t help his attempt to recover and return to the elite. Let someone else buy his name while you invest in some better game.

63  Scott Brown (NR)  Seemed destined to be a bit of a Derek Lamely, with one hot week defining his PGA TOUR career, but a great start to 2013-14 featuring a T3 at the Frys.com Open and a T4 at The McGladrey Classic forces a complete reevaluation of him as a prospect.

64  Briny Baird (NR)  Playing on a medical, picked up his sixth career runner-up finish at The McGladrey Classic to join the fray in 2013-14.

65  Martin Laird (66)  Despite both a light and a slow start, he’s an example of a guy mentioned in the opening that I won’t let fall below a certain range the early in the season due to his career body of work.

66  Vijay Singh (NR)  Rather than be distracted by legal woes, he flew out of the gates with a runner-up to Jimmy Walker at the Frys.com Open.

67  Brian Stuard (NR)  Stated with his clubs that 2013 wasn’t a fluke thanks to a runner-up at Mayakoba and a T15 in Las Vegas.

68  David Lingmerth (35)  Two missed cuts and a T64 to start the 2013-14 season could mean that, once again, the majority of his earnings will come in two or three special weeks and not over a steady long haul.

69  Ben Martin (63)  Made half his cuts to start his sophomore season on TOUR, sharing 16th at the Frys.com Open and tying for 31st in Mayakoba to hold onto a good spot in the graduate reshuffle.

70  D.A. Points (58)  Uninspiring start, but we must remember that he’s finished inside the top 70 on the money list in four of the last five years.

71  Jason Bohn (NR)  Four events into the season he already has a T2 and a T3 to essentially lock up his 2014-15 PGA TOUR card before the apple drops.

72  Brian Davis (68)  On pace with what we would expect at this point, already putting five starts under his belt and cashing on four occasions. His lone top 25 was a T23 in Las Vegas.

73  John Rollins (69)  Rather indifferent start to the season with a T32 on Sea Island going for his best finish in four starts. No reason to make any major changes to his projection at this point.

74  Ryan Palmer (70)  Competed in three events before putting the clubs up for the holidays, he failed to crack a top 50 and cashed on just two occasions.

75  David Hearn (72)  A T21 at the Frys.com Open was the highlight of his fall, and his game then cooled with the weather. Still should contend for a win at some point in 2014.

76  Chesson Hadley (73)  The rookie made noise with a T5 in Las Vegas, but surrounded it with two missed cuts and a T72. Looks to be a patient own and one with plenty of upside.

77  Freddie Jacobson (98)  Finally snapped a top-10 drought that began at the WGC-Accenture Match Play with a T9 at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and a T12 in Mayakoba.

78  Richard H. Lee (59)  Modest start to the season, making three of four cuts but never contending. The stat sheet is full of promise, but he has to convert it to strokes on the scorecard.

79  Aaron Baddeley (60)  His fifth at the CIMB Classic already has him half-way to his 2013 top-10 total.

80  Kevin Streelman (65)  Hasn’t recorded a top 10 on the PGA TOUR since May, but has made his last 10 cuts dating back to the John Deere Classic.

81  Robert Garrigus (64)  Finished inside the top 25 in his first three starts of the new season before missing the cut at Mayakoba. He would be a great value in this range.

82  Brendon Todd (85)  Took a bit of a chance pegging him this high in the preseason and he hasn’t disappointed. Hasn’t missed a cut in four tries and already has a pair of top-20 finishes.

83  J.J. Henry (111)  With three top 25s in four starts to begin the season, he has already matched his 2013 season tally in that regard.

84  Brian Harman (118)  Entered his third season on TOUR with three career top 10s and has added two more in a quick start.

85  Kevin Na (NR)  Looking healthy now, he finished T3 at the Frys.com Open. Still a bit of a question mark, as he’s missed half of his four cuts.

86  Spencer Levin (NR)  Joining Baird and Na as former TOUR staples that are now healthy and strong out of the gates, Levin has made each of his four cuts with a T12 at the Frys.com Open.

87  Michael Thompson (74)  One of those guys that traditionally makes an uncomfortably high amount of money in a very few starts.

88  Cameron Tringale (75)  Made three of five cuts to kick off the year, but never really found himself in contention.

89  Ben Crane (76)  Didn’t have a particularly impressive 2013, and the early returns for the 2013-14 season are turning a yellow flag into orange.

90  Matt Jones (78) Gradually improved in each of his three starts to begin the season.

91  Bryce Molder (80)  Played the first three events of the new season, cashing in all three, culminating with a T14 at the CIMB Classic before putting the clubs on the shelf.

92  Mark Wilson (81)  If he is to make a move, it should be in the first three months of calendar year 2014. That would follow his historic curve.

93  Brendan Steele (84)  Another competitor that improved in each of his four starts, he missed the cut at the Frys.com Open but had it figured out by the OHL Classic at Mayakoba where he tied for 16th.

94  Daniel Summerhays (91)  Currently 35th in the FedExCup standings and with a top 10 in the bag, he took advantage of a part of the schedule that set up rather nicely for him.

95  David Lynn (94)  Back on TOUR for a second go, the Englishman satisfied two starts and collected a few dollars in the not-cut CIMB Classic and WGC-HSBC Champions.

96  Brian Gay (123)  Given his lack of length, there are only a handful of courses where he can legitimately contend. By tying for fourth at The McGladrey Classic, he took full advantage of one of those tracks.

97  Sean O’Hair (110)  Early returns support a bounce-back season for the veteran, tying for 26th and 15th in his first two starts before missing a pair of cuts.

98  Justin Hicks (NR)  Sits 30th in the FEC standings and heads to the holidays off a T6 at Mayakoba.

99  Boo Weekley (97)  Made each of his three cuts with a T11 in the WGC-HSBC Champions. Who knew Boo’s game would travel so well?

100  Russell Henley (95)  Keep a sharp eye on his title defense at the Sony Open for our first true gauge at his form.

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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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