Luke Guthrie entered his rookie season of 2013 as one of the hot prospects off the Web.com Tour, only partially fulfilling his promise.
Guthrie had little trouble retaining his card for 2013-14, finishing 90th in the FedExCup standings and 83rd on the money list. With the likes of Russell Henley's early win, and the season Jordan Spieth produced having begun the year with zero status, Guthrie's lack of a trophy has placed him off the radar for some. Early indications are that his value could be good, with a T5 at TPC Summerlin already on the ledger. Feel free to take a flier on him if he is available around where he finished the 2013 season in money or FEC points.
After a slow end to the 2013 PGA TOUR season, Freddie Jacobson began his 2013-14 quest with several high finishes.
Jacobson's T9 at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open represented his first top 10 since the 2013 WGC-Accenture Match Play in February. He followed that with a T12 in the OHL Classic at Mayakoba. Two missed cuts were also sprinkled in. What remains predictable for him is the flat stick. He finished 2013 ranked 19th in strokes gained-putting, and is currently 22nd in the new season. Considering all three of his top 10s came in during the West Coast Swing last season, one can be optimistic and hope for solid returns early in 2014 as well.
K.J. Choi enters the 2013-14 PGA TOUR season having ended the last campaign 73rd in the FedExCup standings and 85th on the money list.
Many gamers were holding their breath that 2013 would represent a big rebound from 2012, yielding results closer to those of 2011, but it didn't quite work out that way. Choi finished fourth on the '11 money list before falling all the way to 102nd in '12. While '13 was an improvement, it appears his day's of being considered an elite player could be coming to an end if they haven't already. He tied for 14th at the CIMB Classic in his only start of the new season.
Martin Flores posted three paydays in his first four starts to begin the 2013-14 PGA TOUR season.
Flores enters this season as an intriguing fantasy option. After cracking the $1 million mark in 2012, he digressed slightly to $805,597 in 2013. For salary cap gamers, he could be a mild bargain. He improved from 78th to 45th in the all-around ranking from '12 to '13, suggesting that many facets of his game actually improved despite the reduction in cash. While he may not offer the upside of some golfers, it's easy to see him moving this season from outside the top 100 to inside.
Ricky Barnes failed to retain his full playing privileges for 2013-14 during the 2013 PGA TOUR season, but successfully negotiated the Web.com Finals for a card that is subject to the reshuffle.
Barnes started off strong, securing two cuts in three tries. His T33 at the Frys.com Open and his T15 at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open has him sitting pretty for plenty of starts on the West Coast Swing. Six of his 10 rounds this season have been sub-70, with a 64 in the third round of the Frys.com his best of the young season. Throughout his career, he's flashed serious glimpses of promise. He was the 54-hole leader in the 2009 U.S. Open, before giving way to Lucas Glover, and Barnes also tied for 10th in the 2010 Masters. He's a risk for weekly gamers, as he's always struggled with consistency.
Billy Hurley III is a member of the PGA TOUR for the second time in the last three seasons.
Hurley III failed to keep his 2012 card, but a trip back to the Web.com Tour has resulted in a second opportunity. As a player subject to the reshuffle, he wasted little time in jumping out of the gates. He's made three of four cuts, with a T9 at the Frys.com Open. That was the third top 10 of his career.
Boo Weekley has withdrawn from this week's Franklin Templeton Shootout due to the deaths of two relatives.
Weekley's grandfather and uncle died within the last 10 days. He has rested since capping off a strong start to the 2013-14 season with a T22 at The McGladrey Classic and sits 34th in FedExCup points. His next scheduled start would be the Hyundai Tournament of Champions on Jan. 3-6. Freddie Jacobson will serve as his replacement at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Fla., come Friday.
Morgan Hoffmann claimed three top 10s in his rookie season of 2013 and returns for a sophomore season as a talent that is budding quickly.
For gamers looking to pick out a young option with a chance to pick off a win in 2013-14, Hoffmann very well may be the guy. He's a product of the highly respected Oklahoma State golf program, and tied for fifth at the HP Byron Nelson Championship in his best outing. He's long off the tee, but at 143rd in driving accuracy and 103rd in GIR in 2013, it appears he needs to dial in the accuracy a touch to fully utilize his talents. He secured three of four cuts in the fall, failing to crack a top 40.