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Bo Van Pelt went 3-for-4 during the Fall Series and will enter 2015 ranked 141st in the FedExCup standings.

Van Pelt got into an early-season slump last year, missing the cut in six of his first nine events, so it's good to see him swinging well this time around. After the slump was busted, BVP rattled off eight top 30s in his final 16 events. Van Pelt looks good to go once 2015 rolls around, and should be back on most gamer's radars, if he wasn't already.
Nov 21 - 8:55 AM

Morgan Hoffmann is off to a slow start in 2014-15 after an exhausting breakout campaign last year.

Hoffmann posted eight top 25s last season, playing a whopping 32 total events, ultimately finishing 26th in the final FedExCup standings after a pair of Playoff top 10s. The hangover was easy to notice during the Fall Series, missing the cut at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and following that up with a share of 61st (of 77) place finish at the CIMB Classic. A little rest could do him good, as the sky is still the limit for the talent 25-year old from New Jersey.
Nov 21 - 8:43 AM

Troy Merritt finished the Fall Series with a 2-for-4 record, positioning himself 161st in the FedExCup standings.

Merritt had a career-best FEC finish last season, ending the year ranked 101st in the race to Atlanta. While his consistency still isn't there, earning just 10-of-20 cuts made in 2013-14, his runner-up at the FedEx St. Jude Classic was a career first. Having now made his playoff debut, gamers should keep an eye on him to see if any of that confidence spills over into 2015.
Nov 21 - 8:36 AM

Ryo Ishikawa has made each of his first three cuts of the 2014-15 PGA TOUR campaign.

He played the first three events of the new season, tying for 19th in the Frys.com Open, sharing 28th at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and finishing joint 26th at the CIMB Classic. Following that run, he's made two additional starts overseas where he has failed to crack the top 50 despite making both cuts. He is ranked 50th in the FedExCup standings.
Nov 20 - 12:36 PM

Brian Gay has yet to begin his 2014-15 PGA TOUR campaign due to a thumb injury.

Gay competed in 26 events last season, including the final regular season event at the Wyndham Championship, failing to crack the top 70 in his last six starts. It was becoming clear that something was amiss when he decided to take a seat on the sidelines. His current return is unknown at this point. He is fully exempt this season thanks to his win at the 2013 Humana Challenge. At this rate, he is trending towards a Major Medical Extension for 2015-16 if he fails to retain his status.
Nov 20 - 12:33 PM

Steve Stricker is in the resting phase of his rehabilitation process for the torn labrum in his left hip.

Stricker shut down his 2013-14 season prematurely, even though he was still eligible at The Barclays. The torn labrum played a big part, but he managed to play through that pain for much of last season, so that wasn't the only reason. With more pressing issues like his brother's health at the time, as well as his annual elk hunting trip, it was no surprise to see him hang it up early. With a lot on his plate, we saw just two top 10s last season after eight the following. Gamers will want to watch Stricker closely to see how his hip responds early in the season to some much needed rest.
Nov 20 - 9:07 AM

Stuart Appleby will look to carry over momentum from 2014 after posting the second-highest FedExCup finish of his career.

While the FedExCup has merely been around since 2007, Appleby finished 31st in the standings last season, bested only by his 18th place in 2008. He put an exclamation mark on the year with a runner-up finish at the Barclays, his first podium finish since his win at the 2010 Greenbrier Classic. Gamers should take note of his accomplishments but temper their expectations in 2015 as 43-year old golfers generally don't progress their careers this late in the game.
Nov 20 - 8:51 AM

Bryce Molder is back in the driver's seat after a T3 and T42 during the Fall Series, and will enjoy the time off before 2015 rolls around.

Molder's 2013-14 campaign took a nose dive after his W/D for personal reasons at the Valero Texas Open. Following the mid-tournament exit, he went on to miss nine of 14 cuts, finishing 45th or worse in 12 of those. Gamers should place Molder back on their radar once the calendar flips to 2015, as it appears his form is returning.
Nov 20 - 8:41 AM

Phil Mickelson opted against competing in any of the 2014 events on the 2014-15 PGA TOUR schedule.

That's not to say that Lefty has been bored. As reported by Golf Channel's Ryan Lavner on November 11th, Mickelson has taken on the role of interim assistant golf coach at Arizona State University. His brother, Tim, is the head coach. Gamers shouldn't sweat Phil's decision to invest in his alma mater. It's been established throughout the years that things like this, which could be a distraction for some, tend to energize him. Expect him to jump into the PGA TOUR fray at some point on the West Coast Swing.
Nov 19 - 8:20 PM

Richard H. Lee failed to log a start on the PGA TOUR in 2014-15 before the extended holiday break.

Lee holds only conditional status, so any opportunity he picks up from here on out will be a precious one. His last competitive action was the Web.com Tour Championship, where he tied for 14th. His value was already marginal, and it is now fading fast.
Nov 19 - 8:11 PM

Jim Furyk is like a fine wine that gets better with age as he bagged $5,987,395 during the 2013-14 PGA TOUR season.

The 44-year old from West Chester, Pennsylvania, finished on the podium four times last season, all four going in the record books as runner-up finishes. Furyk has made a living on the old adage of fairways and greens, and neither of those skills have declined for him. After another disappointing Ryder Cup performance, he will look to shake it off in 2015 and make a run at his first TOUR victory since the 2010 TOUR Championship.
Nov 19 - 10:15 AM

Francesco Molinari finished tied for 25th place at the Turkish Airlines Open and now turns his attention to Jumeirah Golf Estates for the DP World Tour Championship.

Molinari will play with PGA TOUR status for the first time in his career during the 2014-15 season, but first must finish his business overseas. After collecting enough non-member FedExCup points, Molinari safely earned his TOUR card. The Italian did so via seven top 25s in 12 attempts, all played against strong fields. One things gamers should watch for this year is how Molinari fares versus second-tier fields, should he choose to enter some additional events this year.
Nov 19 - 10:00 AM

Kenny Perry will pick and choose his schedule carefully on the PGA TOUR during the 2014-15 season.

After announcing his final major at Valhalla Golf Club last season, Perry will now use a career earnings exemption for the 2014-15 season. He spent most of his time on the Champions Tour last year, playing 18 events there versus just five on the PGA TOUR. He collected top 30s in two of his five PGA TOUR starts last year and won twice on the Champions Tour. DFS gamers should keep Perry in mind whenever he chooses to tee it up this year.
Nov 19 - 9:55 AM

John Hahn authored a 12-under-par 28-30=58 on Tuesday in his fourth round of qualifying school on the European Tour.

Yes, he completed all 18 holes on the Tour Course at PGA Catalunya Resort in Girona, Spain. Hahn started on the 10th hole and promptly birdied his first five. He added birdies at 17, 18, 1, 2, 5, 7 and 9 for a total of 12 on the round. Lift, clean and place is in play throughout the six-round ordeal, so it won't be an official sub-60 in the European Tour annals. "You don’t go out in the morning thinking 58 is going to happen, but obviously you are excited when it does," he said. "Preferred lies are huge, without a doubt, as it saves you from driving in a divot, up by the green you can move it the length of a scorecard, so no – listen – if you play with the ball in the hand, it is a different thing." More importantly, at 8-under 276, he's T12 with 36 holes to play. Top 25 and ties will earn a card for 2015. "It was a fun day, a good day, but it is a long week and it has just got me back into contention, and we’ve got two more days."
Nov 18 - 1:43 PM

In an update on Dustin Johnson at GolfDigest.com, Tim Rosaforte wrote that the eight-time PGA TOUR winner has circled the Farmers Insurance Open on Feb. 5-8 to return to competition.

DJ has been out since missing the cut at the RBC Canadian Open in late July. If he, indeed, pegs it at Torrey Pines, a full six months will have elapsed in between starts, so draw your own conclusion as it relates to the Golf.com article on Aug. 1 about him being suspended for that exact length of time; you probably already have. But Johnson is also going to need to work around the birth of his first child. "He has some thoughts but nothing definitive," said David Winkle, DJ's manager. "It's all baby dependent. He's no different than anybody else with a child on the way." Assuming Johnson is back in early February, he'll have no trouble eclipsing 15 starts to fulfill the membership minimum. And while rust may be an issue early, the rest, voluntary or not, will have been invaluable.
Nov 17 - 7:59 PM



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