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Ryan's Top 125: Volume Two

Tuesday, December 17, 2013


101  Will MacKenzie (NR)  Web.com Tour Finals survivor started the season on fire, cracking the top 15 on three occasions including a T9 at the Frys.com Open. History suggests that he can’t continue at this pace, but he’s already about half-way to a 2014-15 TOUR card at this rate.

102  Luke Guthrie (90)  When I say this aloud, it doesn’t sound right. His talent suggests a better return than this. Of course, so did Bud Cauley’s last year and he didn’t finish inside the top 125.

103  George McNeill (120)  Season started with a T7 at the Frys.com Open and the TOUR regular added another top 25 before an extended break.

104  Peter Hanson (83)  Tied for 21st at the WGC-HSBC Champions, but we learned last year to only pencil him in for the required 15 starts for membership.

105  Russell Knox (NR)  Split 2013 between Web.com and PGA TOUR, and has already made all four of his cuts in 2013-14 with the highest being a T26 and the lowest a T32. Gamers can appreciate that consistency.

106  Seung-yul Noh (86)  Regained his cared via the Web.com Tour Finals and offered hope that his 2013 TOUR season was just a blip on the radar. Out of the gates a little slow, making three of four cuts but failing to record a top 25.

107  Carl Pettersson (87)  No matter how you dice it, the Swede is a streaky player. At this spot, he is definitely worth an investment because he still has the flair to heat up and make a run towards the TOUR Championship.

108  Pat Perez (88)  Similar to Pettersson a spot higher, Perez feels like he’s on sale here. Ended the calendar year with a T16 at Mayakoba.

109  Padraig Harrington (89)  Converging trends aren’t in his favor. His returns have been slipping of late, he only made 17 starts last year and he isn’t getting any younger. Other than that, everything’s great and he has an enjoyable accent!

110  K.J. Choi (101)  Unlike Harrington, Choi still makes plenty of starts but his overall form is slipping. A T14 at the CIMB Classic in his only start of this season is a nice sign. Perhaps it suggests that his game could benefit by playing a little less.

111  John Merrick (92)  He’s largely disappeared since his win at Riviera CC in early 2013. Don’t read too much into his making all three of his cuts in 2013-14, as two of them were in no-cut events and he hasn’t broken a top 50 yet.

112  Thorbjorn Olesen (93)  At 65th in the OWGR, his schedule could become concerning if he can’t qualify for certain elite events. I’m having flashbacks of Nicolas Colsaerts with the young Dane. Colsaerts finished inside the top 125 on the money list but did not make the FEC Playoffs.

113  John Senden (96)  His T4 in The McGladrey Classic was his first top 10 since a fourth at the 2012 John Deere Classic. He didn’t surround his week in Sea Island by solid returns, so questions linger.

114  Angel Cabrera (99)  Some players can’t be identified by popular metrics and he’s one of them. He’s missed both of his cuts to start the season, but could just as easily win two majors in 2014.

115  Sang-moon Bae (100)  Only taken the time to make one TOUR start this year, tying for 68th at the CIMB Classic. Given his 2013 win affords him a two-year exemption, this could lead to fewer starts in 2013-14.

116  Charlie Wi (102)  With two starts under his belt, already has a T12 at the Frys.com Open.

117  Patrick Cantlay (104)  A nod to his class, he has yet to make a start on TOUR and has struggled with a back injury most of 2013.

118  Josh Teater (105)  A T23 at Mayakoba to end the calendar year was easily his best finish of the fall.

119  David Toms (106)  Amassed a T36 and a T27 in his only two starts of the year. Ho-hum.

120  Stewart Cink (108)  Cashed checks in two of his three starts with a T11 in the CIMB Classic the best effort. Well, unless you count him and his son winning the PNC Father/ Son Challenge.

121  Nicolas Colsaerts (109)  Yet to make a TOUR start and outside the top 50 in the OWGR, it will be interesting to see how his schedule unfolds.

122  Martin Flores (112)  Collected three paychecks in four events to start the season, but never contended.

123  Geoff Ogilvy (113)  Absolutely a player to watch this year. Off to a slow start and has some beginning to question his motivation on the course.

124  Ken Duke (115)  May deserve a little more respect than this given he managed a T15 at TPC Summerlin, but a hangover season could also be in store.

125  Lucas Glover (116)  To be fair, the last spot in the Top 125 could have gone to any of a dozen players who are almost equally deserving. The 2009 U.S. Open champ gets the nod because he’s shown a commitment to playing a heavy schedule, already teeing it up five times and securing three cuts. Besides, if he putts well for a few weeks then he could be a steal here.

 

Dropping out: Bud Cauley (57), Jamie Lovemark (82), Mark Anderson (103), Tommy Gainey (107), William McGirt (114), Nicholas Thompson (117), Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (119), Scott Langley (121), Ted Potter, Jr. (122), Johnson Wagner (124), Camilo Villegas (125).

 



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