The Sports Xchange's 2013 PGA Tour rankings, selected by TSX Golf Staff, based on 2012-2013 performance.
1. Tiger Woods, United States -- Woods salvaged what he could out of his title defense in the Memorial Tournament after equaling his highest score as a pro other than the majors, a 7-over-par 79 in round three. Over the first half of that round, which he started on No. 10, he shot 8-over 44, his highest score for nine holes. After carding a triple-bogey 6 on his third hole of the final round, No. 12, he rallied with a closing 72 to finish in a tie for 65th, his worst result other than a missed cut since he tied for 78th in the 2010 WBC-Bridgestone Invitational. ... Woods will take a week off before trying to win his fourth U.S. Open title, but his first since 2008, next week at Merion. The event hasn't been played at the Philadelphia-area course since 1981. On his way to Muirfield Village, he and caddie Joe LaCava stopped to play a practice round in the rain at Merion, which Woods had never seen before. Woods and LaCava were accompanied by Buddy Marucci, a long-time member of the club who was beaten by Tiger in the final of the 1995 United States Amateur Championship. ... Woods actually played the front nine at Muirfield Village, where he has won five times, in 5 under for the tournament. However, he was an atrocious 13 over on the back nine, including two triple bogeys and three double bogeys. Woods was a cumulative 6 over at No. 12, 4 over at No. 15 and 4 over at No. 18. After putting well in recording four victories this season, he averaged 29.75 putts per round this time.
2. Matt Kuchar, United States -- One week after being unable to close the deal when he had a chance to win the Crowne Plaza Invitational, Kooch was steady as a rock while finishing with a 4-under-par 68 to win the Memorial Tournament by two strokes over Kevin Chappell. It was the sixth victory of his PGA Tour career, and his second this year. He won the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in February. Kuchar joined Tiger Woods as the only multiple winners on the circuit this season. The victory moved him to No. 5 in the World Golf Rankings. ... Kuchar, who is creeping up the list of top players without a major championship, will take a week off before the U.S. Open at Merion. He has played in the FedEx St. Jude Classic, this week's tournament, six times previously, but not since 2007. His best result was a tie for fifth in 2002, the first time he played at TPC Southwind, but he did not finish in the top 15 after that. Matt probably needed the break anyway before the second major of the season because he has played 14 events this season, including the last four in a row. ... Kuchar, who opened with a 68 at Muirfield Village and then went 70-70 in the middle rounds, had it on cruise control for much of the final round, but it wasn't as easy as it might have appeared. He holed a five-foot putt for par on No. 17 and then sank a 21-footer for a closing birdie after Chappell hit his approach to within two feet of the hole. Kuchar led the field by hitting 54 of 72 greens in regulation, including 16 of 18 in the final round.
3. Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland -- Rory seemed to be heading in the right direction when he finished in the top 10 in three of his previous four events on the PGA Tour before he missed the cut in the BMW PGA Championship. Things got even more perplexing last week in the Memorial Tournament. He opened with a 6-over-par 78, made the cut on the number with a fine par save to shoot 69 in round two, then went nowhere on the weekend to finish in a tie for 57th. ... McIlroy has only this week left to get his game in shape for the U.S. Open, which he won in 2010 at Pebble Beach. Short and narrow Merion will be a much more difficult test, especially for a player who has not had his best stuff this season. However, Rory was in a slump in the middle of last season before coming out of it to tie for fifth in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitation and win the PGA Championship in dominating fashion, so perhaps he can rise to the occasion once again. McIlroy played in the FedEx St. Jude Classic last year because he said he needed the work, and it looked for a while as if he might win before two bogeys and a double bogey on the back nine Sunday left him in a tie for seventh. He won't be there this week. ... McIlroy carded six birdies in his second round at Muirfield Village last week but could manage only six more the rest of the week. His two most important shots of the week probably were a chip from 45 feet to within four feet and the ensuing putt for par on No. 18 on Friday to get him through to the weekend.
4. Adam Scott, Australia -- Even though he didn't play terribly, bookend scores of 1-over-par 73 kept the Masters champion from contending in the Memorial Tournament, and he wound up in a tie for 13th. He has played only seven times on the PGA Tour this season, but he has finished in the top 25 five times, missing only when he tied for 30th in the Tampa Bay Championship and was eliminated in the first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship by Tim Clark. ... The only player in the world with a chance, as unlikely as it is, to claim the Grand Slam this year, Scott is taking this week off before heading to Merion for the U.S. Open. He is ahead of the game in preparation for the second major of the year, as he is one of the few players who has made an advance trip to Merion. He's one of the best ball-strikers around, so it might come down to how he putts the USGA greens with his long putter, which has been banned effective 2016. Adam has joined a group of eight other players who use anchored putters in retaining lawyer Harry Manion in case it goes to litigation. ... Three double bogeys kept Scott from being close to the leaders at Muirfield Village. He hit his second shot into the water en route to a 7 on the fifth hole on Thursday, three-putted from 12 feet for a 5 on the eighth hole during a 69 on Saturday, and hit into the rough and then a greenside bunker while recording a 5 on the fourth hole in the final round. He carded three birdies in a span of seven holes on the back nine to salvage Saturday's 69.
5. Brandt Snedeker, United States -- Coming off a tie for eighth in the Players Championship after it took him a while to get his game back following a stint on the sideline caused by a strained intercostal muscle, Snedeker shot 72-80--152 to miss the cut by five strokes in the Memorial Tournament. It was the sixth time he missed the weekend in seven appearances at Muirfield Village. He recorded his third missed cut of the season, the first two when he first came back from the injury. ... Snedeker is going to finish his preparation for the U.S. Open this week by playing in the FedEx St. Jude Classic for the seventh time. If he could win at TPC Southwind, it would be a popular victory in Memphis because he lives across the state in Nashville and graduated from Vanderbilt. His best result in the tournament was a tie for fifth in 2007, when he opened with an even-par 70 but then posted rounds of 68-69-68. His next highest finish since was a tie for 15th last year, when he shot 69-66 in the middle rounds. ... After he made three birdies and three bogeys in his opening even-par 72 at Muirfield Village, Snedeker played his first seven holes of round two in 7 over after starting on No. 10 in inclement weather. Once he drove into the water at No. 14, where he took a triple-bogey 7, and hit into the water again two holes later to card a double-bogey 6, his chance to play the weekend was gone. The 80 was his highest score since he posted the same number in round one of the 2011 Arnold Palmer Invitational.
6. Phil Mickelson, United States -- After falling out of the top 10 in the World Golf Rankings last week and passing on the Memorial Tournament, Mickelson will try to jump right back in this week when he plays in the FedEx St. Jude Classic for the third time. He's among the favorites virtually every time he tees it up because you never know when he will turn it on, but especially this week as Brandt Snedeker, at No. 5, is the only player in the field who is ranked ahead of him. ... Lefty, who slipped two spots to No. 11 in the world, should not have much trouble surpassing his previous best finish at TPC Southwind. He shot 70-71--141 and missed the cut by two strokes in 2001. When he returned in 2009, Mickelson shot 2-under-par 68 in the first and third rounds before closing with a 75 that knocked him 40 spots down the leaderboard into a tie for 58th. He might be playing in the St. Jude only because he likes to play the week before a major, and a change in the schedule put the tournament in this slot. ... Mickelson is returning to the PGA Tour after a three-week break, having missed the cut in the Players Championship in his last outing. He hasn't had his best stuff since winning the Waste Management Phoenix Open in February and tying for third in the WGC-Cadillac Championship a month later, but he seemed to find his game by finishing solo third in the Wells Fargo Championship. Phil struggled a bit on the weekend at Quail Hollow at 73-73 after starting with 68-67, but he seemed to be in good shape heading to TPC Sawgrass.
7. Dustin Johnson, United States -- DJ returned to the PGA Tour after missing four tournaments because of injuries, and he showed the rust while posting a score of 73-76--149 to miss the cut by two strokes in the Memorial Tournament. He missed the cut for the third time in 12 events on the circuit this season, but the first since the Northern Trust Open in February. It was the last thing he was looking for heading into his title defense in the FedEx St. Jude Classic this week. ... Johnson might have been playing in the St. Jude for the first time last year only because he had missed almost three months because of injuries and needed the work heading to the U.S. Open. As long as he was there, he figured he might as well win it, which he did by sinking birdie putts of 11 feet on the 16th hole and nine feet on the 17th to finish one stroke ahead of John Merrick. That gave Johnson victories in each of his first five seasons on the PGA Tour, and he made it six by capturing the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions in January. ... DJ might have made it to the weekend at Muirfield Village if not for three double bogeys, taking a penalty stroke each time, finding the water on the sixth hole in the first round and the fifth hole the next day, in addition to driving into an unplayable lie on the 15th hole in round two. He didn't show any rust at the start, playing his first seven holes in a bogey-free 2 under par on Thursday before struggling the rest of the way. His biggest problem was averaging 31.0 putts per round.
8. Luke Donald, England -- Playing his best golf on the weekend in the Memorial Tournament, Donald rallied with scores of 71-70 to finish in a tie for 21st. Following a missed cut in his double title defense in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, the Muirfield Village result has to give him some confidence heading toward the U.S. Open next week. He has finished in the top 25 in eight of his nine tournaments on the PGA Tour this season, an indication that his best golf might not be too far away. ... Another of the players near the head of the class when it comes to the best golfers without a major title, Luke is going to take a week off at his home in Chicago ahead of the U.S. Open at Merion. He has played only a total of 10 times on both major tours this year, but he probably needs a break after returning recently from his second trip overseas, when he shockingly missed the cut at Wentworth, where he had four top-three finishes in the previous four years. He also missed the cut in his other European Tour event, the Maybank Malaysian Open, near the end of March. ... After taking four shots to reach the green and recording a double-bogey 6 on the 10th hole to start his final round at Muirfield Village, Donald made seven birdies the rest of the way. He had six birdies on Saturday and ranked among the leaders with 20 for the week, but he simply made too many mistakes with 15 bogeys and two double bogeys, the first at No. 16 keeping him from breaking par on Thursday.
9. Keegan Bradley, United States -- After finishing second in his previous outing at the Byron Nelson Championship, Keegan could not break 70 in any of his four rounds and wound up in a tie for 50th in the Memorial Tournament. He remains tied for the lead with six top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour this season and hopes to find that form when he gets to the U.S. Open next week. ... Bradley is skipping the FedEx St. Jude Classic this week, even though he didn't fare badly in his only trip to TPC Southwind in 2011, when he ranked with the leaders by opening with 67-67 before shooting 70-74 on the weekend to wind up in a tie for 25th. He has played 15 times already this season, including each of the last three tournaments, and probably needs a break before going to Merion next week to play in the U.S. Open for the second time after tying for 68th last year at the Olympic Club. ... Bradley started with a 1-under-par 71 and closed with a 72 last week at Muirfield Village, but he could manage only 74-75 in difficult conditions in the middle rounds. The second round could have been worse, but after shooting 39 on the back nine, he strung together three consecutive birdies through No. 7 while finishing on the front side. The highlight of Bradley's week was hitting two terrific shots to the fifth green in the first round and sinking a six-foot putt for an eagle. His biggest problem was hitting only a little more than half the greens in regulation, including exactly 50 percent in every round except the third.
10. Justin Rose, England -- Rose didn't break 70 in any of his four rounds in the Memorial Tournament, but he played well enough to finish in a tie for eighth. It was his fourth top-10 finish of the season on the PGA Tour, and seventh in the top 25, giving him some momentum heading to the U.S. Open after he missed the cut in the Players Championship and tied for 50th in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in his previous two outings. ... With 11 tournaments under his belt this season on both major tours, Rose this week is skipping the FedEx St. Jude Classic, which he has never played. He will finish up his off-site preparation for the U.S. Open at his home at Lake Nona, Fla., a suburb of Orlando, before heading to Merion for the second major of the year. At No. 4 in the World Golf Rankings last week, he is the highest-ranked player without a major title, and it wouldn't be a huge surprise if he were to claim his first at Merion. ... Rosy opened with 70-70 last week at Muirfield Village to give himself a chance heading to the weekend, but he finished with 71-73. He had a total of only three bogeys the first two days, but he ran up eight in the last two rounds. Rose salvaged his third round and remained on the fringe of contention with three birdies on the last seven holes. However, he never really got going on Sunday despite holing a 48-foot putt for eagle on the fifth hole. He was among the ball-striking leaders, hitting 46 of 56 fairways and 50 of 72 greens in regulation, but he averaged 30.00 putts per round.
11. Webb Simpson, United States -- Following a two-week break after he tied for 15th in the Players Championship, Simpson shot 75-76--151 and missed the cut by four strokes in the Memorial Tournament. He has failed to make it to the weekend three times in his five appearances at Muirfield Village, which might concern captain Fred Couples, because Simpson figures to be on the U.S. team for the Presidents Cup at Jack Nicklaus' place in October. It was Simpson's fourth missed cut in 14 tournaments this season. ... Webb might know the East Course at Merion, which he has called his favorite layout, better than any other player in the field as he prepares for his title defense there next week in the U.S. Open. He played there in the 2005 United States Amateur, advancing through stroke play before losing to Anthony Kim, 4 and 2, in the second round of match play. He also has played there in corporate outings and was one of the few players who ventured to Ardmore, Pa., in recent weeks for a little reconnaissance to see what the USGA has done to the course. ... Simpson was at 1 under par through 14 holes in round one at the Memorial last week but played his last 22 holes in 8 over, including double bogeys on his last hole each day, at No. 18 on Thursday and No. 9 on Friday. He hit under 60 percent of the fairways and greens in regulation, and he averaged 29.0 putts per round with his belly model. Simpson carded five birdies in round one but spoiled what could have been a good score with six bogeys and the double.
12. Lee Westwood, England -- One week after his final-round collapse when victory seemed to be within his grasp in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, Westwood was back on the PGA Tour. He shot 4-over-par 76 in the first round and was well on his way to missing the cut when round two of the rain-delayed Memorial Tournament was halted by darkness. He decided to withdraw instead of coming back to finish Saturday morning, with no reason given for his departure. ... Westy is passing on the FedEx St. Jude Classic this week, even though he won the tournament in 2010, his second victory on the PGA Tour. The other came in the 1998 Freeport-McDermott Classic. He opened with a 7-under-par 63 at TPC Southwind and led much of the way before being caught, but he holed a four-foot birdie putt on the fourth playoff hole to beat Robert Karlsson of Sweden. With 12 tournaments behind him this season, including the BMW PGA Championship recently in England, he needed a break this week heading into the U.S. Open at Merion. ... Westwood carded only a single birdie on round one last week at Muirfield Village, holing a 16-foot putt on the fourth hole, and hit into the water en route to a double-bogey 6 on No. 14. He got off to a promising start the next day in bad weather with two birdies in his first three holes while playing the back nine first, but he hit into the water on No. 18 en route to a double-bogey 6 and found the sand twice on his way to another double at the third hole. Westwood was 6 over for the tournament after 16 holes when play was halted Friday.
13. Bubba Watson, United States -- Watson was in contention for two rounds last week in the Memorial Tournament, starting with 71-67, but he played the weekend in 75-75 and skidded to a tie for 29th. He seemed to be getting his game back after tying for 50th in his title defense at the Masters, registering a tie for 15th in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, but he tied for 37th in the Players Championship. He continues to search for his best form. ... Bubba has played in the FedEx St. Jude Classic only once, shooting 78-69--147 to miss the cut by two strokes in 2007, and he is passing on the tournament again this week ahead of the U.S. Open at Merion. Watson has struggled for much of this season, but with his length off the tee, he might be able to turn the relatively short East Course (6,996 yards) into a pitch-and-putt course if he can hit the ball straight. He showed he has the stuff to win a major with that brilliant hook shot out of the trees that beat Charl Scwartzel in a playoff last year at the Masters. ... Watson's 75s on the weekend at Muirfield Village could have been worse, but he rallied each day, carding two birdies on the last three holes Saturday and three more birdies on the final six holes in the fourth round. He recorded six birdies in his round of 67 on Saturday, carding his only bogey at No. 4. Watson was among the ball-stroking leaders, hitting in the neighborhood of 70 percent of the fairways and greens, but averaging exactly 30 putts per round.
14. Steve Stricker, United States -- The weather has warmed up in Wisconsin, which means that Stricker can work on his game outside, and it will be interesting to see what he has when he shows up next week for the U.S. Open at Merion. Cutting back on his schedule to what he claims will be only 11 tournaments this season on the PGA Tour, he has not played since he tied for 37th in the Players Championship, closing with a 4-over-par 76 that is his worst score of the season. ... After Stricker passed the last two weeks on events he has won in the past, the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial and the Memorial Tournament, there probably never was a chance he was going to tee it up this week in the FedEx St. Jude Classic. He has played at TPC Southwind only twice, tying for 44th in 2005 and tying for 28th a year later, when he shot 2-under-par 68 in the second round, the only time he has broken 70 in eight swings around the course in Memphis. ... Having played only six tournaments this season on the PGA Tour, probably the biggest contribution Strick has made this year is helping out Tiger Woods with his putting. Woods has won four of the seven stroke-play events he has played on the U.S. circuit this season and leads the way in several putting categories. Tiger reciprocated by helping Stricker with tips on bunker play and chipping during a practice round before the Masters. Stricker tied for 20th at Augusta, but he has not been at his best since he finished in the top five in each of his first three tournaments of the season.
15. Hunter Mahan, United States -- Like many others, Mahan had his struggled last week in the Memorial Tournament, but he played well enough in the second and final rounds to pull out a tie for 16th at Jack Nicklaus' place. It was his ninth top-25 finish of the season and could send him toward the second major of the season next week with some momentum. ... Mahan has played 15 times already this year on the PGA Tour, with only Keegan Bradley playing that many among the best players on the circuit, so he will pass this week on the FedEx St. Jude Classic, a tournament he has played only four times and not since 2007. That will allow him to get to Merion early to learn the nuances of the East Course, where he will seek his first major title next week in the U.S. Open. ... Mahan's worst moments last week at Muirfield Village came during the difficult conditions in the third round, when he carded five consecutive bogeys through the 10th hole on his way to a 3-over-par 75. He had put himself in good position by firing a 68 in the second round, when his only blemish was a bogey-6 at the 15th hole, where he whiffed on a shot in the deep rough near the green. Mahan finished strong with a 70 on Sunday, carding three birdies without a miscue in a span of eight holes while finishing on the front nine. His only big number of the week was a double-bogey 7 on the fifth hole, where he hit his second shot into the water and cost himself a sub-par round, finishing at 73.
16. Ernie Els, South Africa -- Coming off a tie for sixth in the BMW PGA Championship in England, Els could break par only when he shot 2 under in round two of the Memorial Tournament en route to a tie for 37th. Despite missing the cut in three of his previous five events on the PGA Tour, he had also shown that his game might be coming around with a tie for 13th in the Masters and a tie for 15th in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans when he did make it to the weekend. ... The Big Easy is not entered in the FedEx St. Jude Classic, which he has played only four times and not since 2007, so he can get to Merion early and get a few more looks at the East Course before the U.S. Open starts last week. He played the course two years ago in a corporate outing, and he couldn't wait to get there because of all he had heard about the place. He said he wasn't disappointed. Els, who has won two U.S. Opens, said there will be good scores if it rains because the course is only 6,996 yards, but that it will be very difficult if it plays hard and fast. ... Els carded four birdies on the back nine in his solid second round at Muirfield Village, but he had only six more the rest of the week and played the weekend in 73-74, making only one birdie in the final round. He seemed headed for a good score on Saturday after making a birdie at No. 15 to get back to even par, but he took bogeys on two of the last three holes.
17. Graeme McDowell, Northern Ireland -- It's been feast or famine lately for G-Mac, who is taking two weeks off before playing in the U.S. Open at Merion. He has missed the cut in three big events recently, the Masters, the Players Championship and the BMW PGA Championship. But in between those misses, he beat Webb Simpson in a playoff to win the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town and beat Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand in the final to win the Volvo World Match Play Championship in Bulgaria. Not counting the events that count on both the PGA Tour and the European Tour, he is the only player to win on each major tour this year. ... McDowell seemed to criticize Rory McIlroy, his friend and teammate in the Ryder Cup and the World Cup of Golf, for leaving Dublin-based Horizon Sports Management and apparently starting his own management company with help from his father, Gerry. G-Mac steered Rory to Horizon after he left Chubby Chandler and International Sports Management about 18 months ago after McIlroy apparently became disillusioned with the direction in which ISM was leading his career. McDowell, who is represented by Horizon, seemed irked by the move and noted that McIlroy reached No. 1 in the World Golf Rankings while with the management company, which helped negotiate his estimated $250 million contract with Nike. McIlroy said last week at Wentworth that the two had talked things out and that they remain friends. ... McDowell said playing 36 holes on Saturday and Sunday in Bulgaria might have left him physically and mentally off his game at Wentworth, but he also admitted it is not his favorite course. He planned to go home to Portrush for a few days before returning to Florida to prepare for the U.S. Open next week.
18. Zach Johnson, United States -- Hoping to build on his third-place finish in his title defense at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, Johnson instead went in the other direction when he struggled mightily on the weekend and finished 71st in the Memorial Tournament. He will have to put it behind quickly with not only the U.S. Open, but his title defense in the John Deere Classic coming up the next several weeks. ... Zach has played in the FedEx St. Jude Classic the last three years and four times in all, but he won't be there this week, taking a break ahead of the U.S. Open after playing 14 tournaments this season. He proved he could win a major on any layout when he captured the 2007 Masters at lengthened Augusta National in 2007. As a relatively short hitter among the big guns, he might find the East Course at Merion to be right up his alley because it will measure only 6,996 yards for the second major of the season. ... Johnson got off to a mediocre start last week at Muirfield Village with 73-72, but things got much worse when he played the weekend in 81-75. The third-round score was his worst since he shot the identical number in the first round of the 2005 Masters. He carded only a single birdie in this 81, on the 16th hole, and sprinkled eight bogeys and a double bogey at No. 9 across his scorecard. Johnson seemed to be headed for a solid start at 2 under through No. 15 after consecutive birdies on Thursday, but he made bogeys on the last three holes.
19. Ian Poulter, England -- Hoping to put two miserable weeks on the European Tour behind him, Poulter took a week off and will return to the PGA Tour this week for the FedEx St. Jude Classic. He'll be attempting to find something in his game before he heads to Merion next week for the U.S. Open. When he decided to cut back on his schedule a bit this year and took six weeks off after tying for ninth in the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions, it seemed to pay off at first. He finished fourth in the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship when he returned, but he has not finished in the top 20 since. ... He is playing at TPC Southwind in Memphis for the second time, having shot 72-72--144 to miss the cut by two strokes in 2009. Simply making it to the weekend might be a goal for this week, after he was eliminated from the Volvo World Match Play Championship in Bulgaria in group play before missing the cut for the eighth time in 12 appearances at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in England, during his two-week sojourn to play on the European Tour. Those results came after he missed the cut in the Masters and the Players Championship. ... Poulter really has not been at his best since late last year, when he started a strong closing run by tying for third in the PGA Championship at on the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island. After leading the European team to victory in the Ryder Cup, he finished his season by finishing fourth in the BMW Masters and winning the WGC-HSBC Champions, both in China.
20. Jason Dufner, United States -- More than anything, Dufner probably needed the two-week break he is taking ahead of the U.S. Open next week at Merion. He has played a total of 15 times on both major tours this year and not been close to the player he was during his breakthrough 2012 season at age 35. His best results were two ties for ninth when he took a trip to play twice on the Middle East Swing of the European Tour, and he admits that the travel and windy weather might have thrown him off. ... Duf didn't even play well in his two title defenses, tying for 42nd in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and tying for 33rd in the HP Byron Nelson Championship, breaking 70 only once in those outings. He seemed to be turning the corner when he tied for 20th at the Masters, despite playing the weekend in 75-73, but he has not finished in the top 30 in five tournaments since. It hasn't been all bad, as Dufner has posted rounds of 67 in his last four tournaments, but the consistency simply hasn't been there -- except on Sunday, when he has been consistently poor, failing to break 70 in any of his nine rounds on the PGA Tour this season. ... It's not as if Dufner has been off the charts, because he has missed the cut only twice in the 14 stroke-play tournaments he has played this season, and not since the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March. His tee-to-green game has not been bad, as he ranks 35th in total driving and 34th in ball-striking, but he has struggled on the greens, even though he said he feels good with the putter but simply hasn't been making anything.
Others receiving consideration: Louis Oosthuizen, South Africa; Nick Watney, United States; Rickie Fowler, United States; Bill Haas, United States; Charl Schwartzel, South Africa; Sergio Garcia, Spain; Carl Pettersson, Sweden; Bo Van Pelt, United States; Jason Day, Australia; John Merrick, United States; Charles Howell III, United States; Michael Thompson, United States; Martin Laird, Scotland; Angel Cabrera, Argentina; Kevin Streelman, United States; D.A. Points, United States; Billy Horschel, United States; David Lingmerth, Sweden; Sang-Moon Bae, South Korea; Boo Weekley, United States.