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Brooks Koepka's 2014 calendar year was highlighted by a win in the Turkish Airlines Open on the European Tour and he ends the year 34th in the Official World Golf Ranking.

It's widely known that Koepka played his way to full status on the PGA TOUR for 2014-15 after beginning the 2013-14 season without any status. He earned enough non-member money and FedExCup points to crack the top 125. He logged just two starts on the PGA TOUR in 2014-15, tying for eighth in the Frys.com Open and sharing fourth in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, before his win in Turkey and three other less notable finishes across the globe. His last missed cut on any tour came at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open in July, the week before The Open Championship. That is a streak of 12 consecutive paydays. Big things are expected for Koepka on the PGA TOUR in 2014-15.
Dec 24 - 3:05 PM

Michael Putnam secured two of his four cuts to begin the 2014-15 PGA TOUR season.

His best finish was a T26 at the CIMB Classic, which was a no-cut event. The other payday came in the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, where he shared 51st. He broke 70 in just three of of his 12 rounds and ranks 112th in the FedExCup standings. In the sibling rivalry between Michael and his younger brother Andrew, the elder is chasing the younger in the FEC standings. Andrew currently sits in 68th place.
Dec 24 - 2:59 PM

Steve Stricker underwent surgery today for a bulging disc in his back.

According to GolfChannel.com, Stricker's pain was due to "acute and chronic L5 radiculopathy." It's an issue that he's been battling for a while. "I’m very excited to get back to practicing and competing in 2015 and expect to be 100 percent physically which really excites me." he said in a statement. "I’ve been limited the last several years and I’m confident the procedure will allow me to perform at the level I expect from myself. I don’t have a target date for a return to the PGA TOUR at this point, that will very much depend on how my body responds to the surgery and rehab." The one-hour, outpatient procedure will shelve the 12-time winner at least eight weeks. Stricker will turn 48 years old on Feb. 23, so his age doesn't figure to aid in a speedier recovery period.
Dec 24 - 1:53 PM

Daniel Summerhays kept the pedal down during the Fall Series and will enter 2015 ranked 51st on the FedExCup leaderboard.

Summerhays was a perfect 5-for-5 this fall but failed to land any finishes inside the top 25. As the owner of a runner-up finish in each of the past two seasons, he belongs on a short list of golfers ready to secure their maiden victory. The primary takeaway from 2013-14 was his improved consistency, missing just five cuts in 27 starts. Gamers should now feel comfortable rostering him on a weekly basis.
Dec 24 - 11:48 AM

Blayne Barber is off and running during his rookie season, closing out the Fall Series ranked 54th in the FedExCup standings.

The Auburn product was 3-for-5 overall this fall. The rookie saved the best for last as he closed out with a pair of T9 finishes. Barber has immense talent, finishing 7th on the 2014 Web.com Tour money list to secure his PGA TOUR card. His only downfall in the past has been signing the wrong scorecards. Gamers should keep him on their breakout radar this year and wish him a happy birthday as he turns 25 years old tomorrow.
Dec 24 - 11:41 AM

David Hearn navigated the Fall Series without missing a cut and currently ranks 31st in the FedExCup standings.

Hearn is 4-for-4 thus far including three finishes inside the top 20. The Canadian has been a cut-making machine since returning to the PGA TOUR in 2011, sporting a 80-for-112 record in that stretch. Hearn should always be on the radar for DFS gamers, but take note that he owns just one podium finish in 145 career starts.
Dec 23 - 10:09 PM

Steve Wheatcroft is taking advantage of his new PGA TOUR status, earning four paychecks prior to the holiday break.

Wheatcroft won the Albertsons Boise Open on the Web.com Tour last season and gained his PGA TOUR card thanks to his final position of 19th on the money list. His 4-for-5 record this season is nice but it's not moving the needle just yet, as he still sits 38th after the first reshuffle. Gamers should watch closely to see if this consistency continues before investing in any format.
Dec 23 - 10:08 PM

Carlos Ortiz is 58th in the FedExCup standings due in large part to a hot flat stick.

While strokes gained: tee-to-green is all the new rage for stat gurus, it is the more established strokes gained: putting metric where the rookie is shining the brightest. He ranks seventh in that statistic and has ridden that strength in his game to four paydays in four starts. His best finish was his most recent, tying for ninth in the OHL Classic at Mayakoba. He is exempt from the reshuffle due to his three wins on the Web.com Tour last season.
Dec 23 - 3:29 PM

Alex Cejka ranks 79th in the FedExCup standings after securing a pair of top-20 finishes in his first five starts of the 2014-15 PGA TOUR season.

The veteran and Web.com Tour graduate has been a bit all or nothing thus far. His T18 at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and T16 in the OHL Classic at Mayakoba were surrounded by three missed cuts. The good news is, he did enough heavy lifting when he did make the cut to place himself in decent shape following the first reshuffle, and should land in numerous fields on the West Coast Swing.
Dec 23 - 3:26 PM

Hudson Swafford is already making himself quite at home on his second tour of duty on the PGA TOUR.

The sophomore jumped out of the gates with a T8 in the Frys.com Open and followed that up with a T18 and a T12 in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and The McGladrey Classic respectively. His final two starts of the fall faded to a T51 and a missed cut. Added up, that places him 23rd in the FedExCup standings. While he may not have been on the short list for players with an opportunity to claim a breakthrough PGA TOUR victory when the 2014-15 season started, he's quickly making his way into that discussion.
Dec 22 - 8:37 PM

Aaron Baddeley is off to a consistent start in the 2014-15 PGA TOUR season, securing each of his four cuts and ranking 122nd in the FedExCup standings.

While he's seeing the tournaments through to the bitter end, the end has indeed been bitter. Baddeley has yet to crack the top 30 in any of his outings, struggling to find fairways as he ranks 212th in driving accuracy. Considering he made 13 cuts and missed 11 last season, perhaps he's figured out some type of formula that will allow him to be more successful this season.
Dec 22 - 8:33 PM

Jason Gore entered the holiday break ranked 193rd in the FedExCup standings with seven points.

Expectations were high for the veteran, especially coming off a third-place finish in the Web.com Tour Championship. The 2014-15 PGA TOUR season hasn't started off like he would have hoped, suffering two missed cuts and a WD in his first three starts before rebounding with a T61 in the Sanderson Farms Championship and a T71 in the OHL Classic at Mayakoba. As he is subject to the Web.com Tour reshuffle, those seven FEC points were certainly better than none.
Dec 22 - 8:26 PM

Heath Slocum has secured just two of his six cuts to start the 2014-15 PGA TOUR season.

Slocum's best finish was a T21 in the CIMB Classic, which did not feature a cut. His other payday was a T58 in the Sanderson Farms Championship. When the FedExCup points are added up, he ranks 115th in the FEC standings. While he would likely take anything inside the top 125 a season's end, he still has plenty of work to do if he is to realize that goal.
Dec 22 - 8:22 PM

Pat Perez collected two paychecks during the fall to arrive at the holiday break ranked 145th in the FedExCup standings.

Perez missed the cut in his first two events before finishing the Fall Series with a little momentum. He struggled down the stretch last season, posting finishes outside the top 40 in each of his last 11 tournaments. Even with the cold streak, he found his way into the Playoffs and finished 98th on the FEC leaderboard. It's been 15 events since Perez has posted a top 25, so gamers can take the wait-and-see approach before reinvesting.
Dec 21 - 5:08 PM

Robert Garrigus is off to a slow start this season and currently ranks 147th in the FedExCup standings.

Garrigus went 1-for-3 during the fall with a T49 finish at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba his best thus far. Not an ideal start considering he exited last season's Fall Series with three top 25s and the 36th spot in the FEC race. Gamers should look for a rebound since Garrigus has made the Playoffs seven times out of eight.
Dec 21 - 4:48 PM



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