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.
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.
Daniel Berger is starting to get the hang of the PGA TOUR, ending the Fall Series with three straight cuts made and the 99th position on the FedExCup leaderboard.
The Florida State product earned his PGA TOUR card through the 2014 Web.com Tour money list, finishing 15th overall. After a rocky start this season, he's rattled off a nice streak, and even held a share of the first-round lead at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba before settling for a T51. At just 21 years old, Berger is on a short list of golfers with whom gamers need to become acquainted.
A dozen golfers earned exemptions into the 2015 Masters by virtue of the year-ended Official World Golf Ranking.
The Asian Tour's Dubai Open was the final tournament contributing to the OWGR in 2014. With it complete, the final two editions of the formula were calculated. The top 50 in the last update gained entry into the season's first major. Among those previously ineligible but now in the field are: Victor Dubuisson (17th in the OWGR); Jamie Donaldson (24th); Ian Poulter (27th); Joost Luiten (29th); Luke Donald (33rd); Stephen Gallacher (35th); Thongchai Jaidee (37th); Steve Stricker (41st); Shane Lowry (44th); Marc Leishman (46th); Mikko Ilonen (47th); Danny Willett (50th).
For finished second in the Order of Merit on the 2014 Asian Tour, Anirban Lahiri of India earned an exemption into the 2015 World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship.
The top two in earnings were granted berths into the limited-field event at Trump National Doral's Blue Monster Course on March 5-8. David Lipsky wrapped up the money title last week, but the Dubai Open determined who picked off the other tee time. Lahiri entered the season finale with a firm hold of second place in the OOM, but he wasn't mathematically safe. Yet, he decided not to play. That opened the door for Prom Meesawat in third place. The Thai would have needed to win (and collect $90,000) to achieve the objective. Alas, he settled for a seven-way share of 24th place (worth $4,550.00) and finished $70,362 in arrears of Lahiri, whose countryman, Arjun Atwal, emerged as the champion. In his WGC debut at the HSBC Champions in November, Lahiri tied for 28th place.
John Huh enjoyed the Fall Series to the tune of three top 30s and a current placement of 60th in the FedExCup standings.
Huh missed the cut at the opening Frys.com Open, but he's been perfect since. He's been getting work done with the putter, ranking 25th in strokes gained on the greens. The career trajectory is heading the wrong direction with almost all arrows pointing downward. Luckily, Huh is still just 24 years old and has plenty of time to reverse the trend.
Charlie Beljan went 2-for-4 over the fall, but withdrew from his latest start and sits 147th in the FedExCup standings.
Beljan is coming off a season that featured a career-best five top 25s, but he's failed to land inside the top 30 thus far. His injury was not cited, but it would be a great time to have a minor injury what with plenty of time to rest over the holiday break. Beljan should be avoided by gamers most weeks considering his total of missed cuts has surpassed his cuts made in each of his three seasons on TOUR.
Andrew Putnam kicked off his rookie season with four cuts made over the fall, arriving at the holiday break ranked 68th on the FedExCup leaderboard.
Putnam missed just one cut during the Fall Series, which came at the opening Frys.com Open event. The Pepperdine alum earned his TOUR card by finishing second on last season's Web.com Tour money list. His older brother, Michael, has established a name for himself as a consistent cut-maker, and Andrew is following right in his footsteps.