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Ryan's Top 125: Volume Three

Thursday, February 20, 2014

51  Marc Leishman (59)  Back-to-back top fives to start 2014, but has cooled of late.

52  Will MacKenzie (101)  Enjoying a career renaissance with six top-15 finishes in 2013-14.

53  Scott Brown (63)  Proving his Puerto Rico win in 2013 may not have been a fluke, he’s developing into a steady TOUR player by making eight of 11 cuts in 2013-14. Keep an eye on him again in Puerto Rico.

54  Jeff Overton (47)  After a seventh at the Sony, the pace slowed to a crawl with a T38 at the Humana Challenge and a missed cut at the WMPO.

55  Robert Garrigus (81)  Appears back on track, having made his last four cuts with three going for top 25s.

56  Cameron Tringale (88)  Hopped on the top-15 train in the latter half of the West Coast Swing, briefly contending for a win in the final round of the Northern Trust Open.

57  Brendan Steele (93)  A couple of top 10s in 2014 has him set up for a nice season. Typically a stud at the Valero Texas Open.

58  K.J. Choi (110)  Has quietly amassed four top-20 finishes in six events in 2013-14, including a T2 at Torrey Pines.

59  Rickie Fowler (30)  Deserved every bit of this fade, as he failed to secure a cut in each of his last three starts, but promptly eliminated Ian Poulter from the Match Play for partial redemption.

60  Bryce Molder (91)  Normally a top-10 putter on TOUR, he ranks 86th at the moment in strokes gained-putting. Still managed top 10s at Pebble Beach and Riviera.

61  Kevin Chappell (41)  The good and bad news is that his T23 at the Northern Trust Open last week was his best of the season.

62  Justin Leonard (NR)  A T3 at the Humana Challenge and three other paydays in 2014 will pull a guy out of the doldrums.

63  Briny Baird (64)  Missed his last four cuts, plus added a WD at Pebble, so our caution after his T2 at The McGladrey Classic was rewarded.

64  Jonas Blixt (35)  Always seems to pull a rabbit out of his hat at least once a year, but hasn’t flashed any magic yet.

65  Rory Sabbatini (52)  At 60th in the FEC standings, he’s been treading water since his T3 at Mayakoba.

66  Seung-yul Noh (106)  Sometimes lost in the shuffle, his last two finishes were his best two. Both went for top 20s.

67  Jason Kokrak (58)  He’s made five cuts in 2013-14 and missed three. Each of the five paydays went for a top 20.

68  Daniel Summerhays (94)  Riding relatively high after back-to-back top 30s while securing 80 percent of his cuts this season.

69  Kyle Stanley (37)  It’s been a terrible winter. The hope his he mixes in a few big hits amongst his numerous misses.

70  Martin Kaymer (60)  Back in action at Dove Mountain after a T53 in the Waste Management Phoenix Open, but couldn’t topple Hideki Matsuyama.

71  Louis Oosthuizen (61)  While missing the cut at Riviera wasn’t a deadly sin, his 6-over-par aggregate is a concern.

72  Brian Davis (72)  Made three of four cuts with a T13 at Pebble Beach since 2014 kicked off, which is right in line with his entire career.

73  Russell Knox (105)  Had a solid T13-T10-T27 run at Humana, Farmers and Pebble Beach, respectively. It vaulted him to 37th in current FEC standings.

74  Chesson Hadley (76)  Took to Twitter and vowed an attitude change before Pebble Beach, and then tied for 10th. It was his first payday since a T5 at the Shriners in October.

75  Jerry Kelly (NR)  The vet’s third-place finish in the Sony Open and T13 at the Humana Challenge showed the kids how to get it done.

76  Brian Gay (96)  Hasn’t done a ton since the end of 2013, but given he’s 42nd in the FEC standings this spot is more in line.

77  Aaron Baddeley (79)  Departs California after building some confidence with a T18 at Riviera.

78  William McGirt (NR)  Enjoyed a nice learning experience of holding a 54-hole lead for the first time at Riviera. Putter let him down more than the ball-striking in the final round.

79  Roberto Castro (51)  Looking back, he had three top 25s on the West Coast Swing. Perhaps this is a bit too penal, but time will tell.

80  Brendon de Jonge (45)  Presidents Cup experience in 2013 was supposed to serve as a catalyst for change. It was, but in the wrong way.

81  Kevin Streelman (80)  His T3 at the HTOC is his only top 30 this season. Of course, there were only 30 golfers at Kapalua.

82  John Peterson (40)  Plenty of talent, but if you follow him on Twitter you will quickly realize that maturity could be an issue. He gets an A-plus for self-confidence.

83  Luke Guthrie (102)  Has yet to fulfill lofty expectations of 2013 rookie season, but he’s still showing signs of eventually reaching a high ceiling.

84  Justin Hicks (98)  Made his first four cuts of 2014 before failing to cash at Pebble Beach and Riviera. He’s ranked second on TOUR in ball-striking.

85  George McNeill (103)  His T6 at the Northern Trust Open marks his best of 2013-14, and he played in the final trio.

86  Richard H. Lee (78)  Truly a course horse at Pebble Beach, with his T10 this season joining a pair of top 15s. Experiencing a statistical regression across the board this season.

87  Vijay Singh (66)  Seems like the legal battle is at the end of the line, so we’ll see what happens if his focus finds its way back to golf.

88  Ernie Els (62)  Won ugly in the first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play on the heels of a T35 at Riviera, but seems far from elite at the moment.

89  Spencer Levin (86)  Made half of his six cuts on the West Coast Swing, but failed to crack a top 25.

90  Matt Jones (90)  Secured seven consecutive cuts thanks to a 69.11 scoring average before the cut, but ranks 145th in final round scoring average at 72.43.

91  Boo Weekley (99)  His Match Play loss to Rory McIlroy was his first action since the Sony Open due to a knee injury. Perhaps he’ll tee it up more in his home state during the Florida Swing.

92  Bo Van Pelt (53)  Missed four of five cuts in 2014. His fall from grace over the past 14 months leads one to wonder if there isn’t something else going on.

93  John Huh (57)  While he’s earned six of nine cuts, he’s yet to finish inside the top 20.

94  Scott Piercy (54)  Nearly upset Justin Rose in the WGC-Accenture Match Play, but has been wildly inconsistent in 2013-14.

95  Morgan Hoffmann (55)  Followed a T16 at Torrey Pines with a T15 at TPC Scottsdale during an impressive two-week run. Still too many below-average weeks.

96  John Senden (113)  A T18 in the Northern Trust Open is his only top 60 in his last five TOUR starts.

97  J.B. Holmes (NR)  Still has a Major Medical to fulfill, but an opening round 68 in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and an opening 67 at Riviera show strides in the right direction.

98  Martin Laird (65)  His history on TOUR suggests he’ll finish higher than this, but has yet to crack a top 10 in seven tries during 2013-14.

99  Ben Martin (69)  Second stint on TOUR proving to be a little more difficult than expected. Missed his last three cuts.

100  Hudson Swafford (NR)  A T8 at the Sony Open and T25 at the Humana Challenge brought some rookie attention his way. Sixth in ball-striking and 78th in strokes gained-putting offers serious upside.

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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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