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What to expect in 2013: No. 10, Bud Cauley

Shane Bacon
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Since the Mayans were wrong, it appears the 2013 PGA Tour season will actually happen. There are plenty of big names set to make some noise in the upcoming season (the year kicks off on January 4th!), so we've picked our ten guys we think will have huge impacts next season and preview them here. We start with Bud Cauley at No. 10.

Bud Cauley

Age: 22

Career PGA Tour wins: 0

Career major wins: 0

What he did in 2012: In Cauley's rookie campaign a season ago he was impressive, making 21 of 28 cuts to earn nearly $2 million dollars and land a spot on tour in '13. His best finish came at the Wyndham where he shot all four rounds in the 60s en route to a third place finish. All in all Cauley had 10 top-25 finishes and six top-10s.

Why we like him in 2013: The way Cauley finished his season last year sure made it seem like he was ready to breakthrough. In his last nine starts, Cauley missed just one cut, had three top-four finishes and seemed posed to be in contention even when he wasn't hitting it his best. If Cauley can improve his driving (75th in distance and 108th in accuracy) this year, things could start happening for the second year man, and I think he is the type of young American that could win a couple of times in 2013, a rare feat with the leveled playing field that is now the PGA Tour.

The expectations are high for Cauley, but I think he will live up to them, and beyond them, this year.

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