Golf rankings, player capsules

Tom LaMarre, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange


The Sports Xchange's 2013 PGA Tour rankings, selected by TSX Golf Staff, based on 2012-2013 performance.

1. Tiger Woods, United States -- The World Golf Rankings don't reflect it, but Woods might again be the best golfer in the planet after winning the WGC-Cadillac Championship, for the seventh time on six courses, by two strokes over Steve Stricker. He has won twice in four starts on the PGA Tour this season and five times in his last 18 stroke-play events on the circuit. Some of the other numbers are staggering, 76 PGA Tour victories in his career, only six short of Sam Snead's record, and 17 victories in the WGC events, 14 more than runner-up Geoff Ogilvy. All that's left is for him to start winning majors again. ... For the second consecutive year, Woods will play in three of the four events on the Florida Swing, this week again passing on the Tampa Bay Championship, which he has never played. After the week off, he will defend his title in the Arnold Palmer Invitational, a tournament he has won seven times. It's no longer a home game for him, since he has moved from the Orlando area to Jupiter Island, but he ought to be able to find a place to stay because he reportedly still owns property in the area. ... Woods should put Stricker on retainer, because a putting session from his friend led to Tiger leading the field in the putting statistics, with an average of only 25.00 putts per round. He also led the field with 27 birdies, but many of the putts also were clutch par-savers. Woods played conservatively down the stretch and carded his only two birdies of the final round on the last three holes, but he had a five-shot lead by then.

2. Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland -- Finding his swing on the weekend, McIlroy posted the second-best score of the final round, a 7-under-par 65 that lifted him into a tie for eighth in the WGC-Cadillac Championship. It came a week after he walked off the course not halfway through the second round of the Honda Classic in disgust with his game and lack of results with his new Nike clubs after signing a huge contract with the company before the start of the season. ... Although he seems to need more tournament time with his new sticks, Rory said after finishing at Doral that he will skip the last two events of the Florida Swing, the Tampa Bay Championship and the Arnold Palmer Invitational having never played in either. He plans to tee it up next in the Shell Houston Open, two weeks ahead of the Masters. McIlroy originally said he would take this time to have at least one of his painful lower wisdom teeth removed, but now he apparently wait until after the U.S. Open in June. ... McIlroy was at 1-over-par through his first 46 holes on the TPC Blue Monster, but he toured the last 26 in 11-under, recording 10 birdies and an eagle. He holed an 18-foot eagle putt on the first hole Sunday, and then sprinkled five birdies across his spotless scorecard. The run started a day earlier, when he carded five birdies in a span of six holes through No. 16. As good as his ball-striking was, as he hit better than 70 percent of the greens, he averaged 27.33 putts per round over the last three days after taking 31 on Thursday.

3. Brandt Snedeker, United States -- After missing a month since winning the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Snedeker was hoping to return this week at the Tampa Bay Championship. He was listed on the commitment list until late in the week, but apparently soreness in the area of his left ribcage continues to linger, and when the final field was announced on Friday, his name was not on it. Too bad, because he has had some success on the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort, finishing solo fourth two years ago by going 64-67 in the middle rounds, and tying for eighth in 2008, when he started with 69-68, but shot 73-73 on the weekend. ... Snedeker, who continues to lead the FedEx Cup standings despite his absence from the PGA Tour, now is targeting next week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational for his return, hoping to play at Bay Hill for the seventh consecutive year. He is being careful with the injury after missing about two months a year ago because of a similar injury, a cracked rib on his right side, although this one is not considered as serious. He's hoping to be back soon, with the Masters only about a month away. ... When he does return, it will be interesting to see if Sneds can keep up the level of performance he has enjoyed since late last year. He finished in the top 10 in three of the four events during the PGA Tour playoffs, including his victory in the Tour Championship to claim the Fed Ex Cup. Snedeker has finished in the top three in four of his five events this season, including his victory at Pebble Beach.

4. Phil Mickelson, United States -- Having shown in recent years that Tiger Woods brings out the best him, Lefty was trying hard, perhaps too hard, in the third round to get into the final twosome with Woods on Sunday. He missed four make-able putts in round three and, playing one group behind Tiger in the final round, faded after a fast start and finished in a tie for third. He's not into moral victories, but it was his best performance since winning the Waste Management Phoenix Open after two lackluster finishes, and bodes well heading toward the Masters. ... Mickelson, who skipped the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship and the Honda Classic before playing at Doral, is taking another week off before coming back to play two consecutive weeks, in the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the Shell Houston Open, which he won in 2011. He has played in this week's event, the Tampa Bay Championship, only twice, shooting 80-74 -- 154 in 2003 and 71-76 -- 147 the following year, to miss the cut both times. Lefty played the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort in a cumulative 17-over-par, and not surprisingly hasn't been back since. ... Mickelson started 67-67 last week on the TPC Blue Monster, but wasn't quite as good on the weekend and his 69-71 finish left him five strokes behind Woods. He made a move early in the final round with four birdies in the first eight holes, but could find no more over the last 11 holes. His ball-striking was solid, as he hit 57.14 percent of the fairways, very good for him, and 73.61 percent of the greens. He averaged 28.25 putts per round, but needed 30 on Friday and 29 on Sunday.

5. Luke Donald, England -- Everybody has been focused on the troubles of world No. 1 Rory McIlroy, but No. 3 Donald has not played so well either since the first two rounds of the Northern Trust Open. He couldn't break 70 in any round last week in the WGC-Cadillac Championship and finished in a tie for 43rd, much of it due to his problems on the 18th hole at the TPC Blue Monster. ... Luke, playing for only the fourth time this season, will try to get on track this week when he defends his title in the Tampa Bay Championship. Last year, he closed with a 5-under-par 66 and then sank a six-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to beat Jim Furyk, Robert Garrigus and Sang-Moon Bae of South Korea to regain the No. 1 spot in the World Golf Rankings from McIlroy. After taking a week off, he will make his first appearance of the year on the European Tour, flying off to make his initial appearance in the Maybank Malaysian Open. ... Donald hit his ball into the water all four days on the final hole at Doral, carding double-bogey 6 each time. His best golf came in round one, when he shot 2-under-par 70, but he spoiled an otherwise spotless day with the double at No. 18 and a bogey-6 at No. 10. The worst came the next day, when his only birdie in a round of 76 came on the 15th hole. His ball-striking was good enough, as he hit nearly 70 percent of the greens, but he struggled with his normally reliable putter, averaging 29.00 putts per round to rank near the bottom of the field.

6. Dustin Johnson, United States -- Still trying to find the game he left in Hawaii, where he captured the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions, Johnson seemed to be on the right track when he opened with 68-69 last week in the WGC-Cadillac Championship. Then he shot 70-72 on the weekend and finished in a tie for 12th, still his best finish by far since the opener. ... DJ has played for five consecutive weeks, and eight times this season, even though his game has not been up to his standards since winning the opener in Hawaii, so it appears he is taking two weeks off. He apparently is skipping the last two legs of the Florida Swing, as he is not in the field this week for the Tampa Bay Championship and has not committed to the Arnold Palmer Invitational, but is planning to play in two weeks at the Shell Houston Open. ... DJ scattered eight birdies across his scorecard in round one last week at Doral, and had 17 in the first 54 holes, but could manage only two and also had two bogeys while closing with his even-par 72. The difference on the weekend was that he hit only half the greens both days, and kept himself in business by averaging 25.50 putts per round. Johnson, one of the longest hitters on the circuit, dialed it back in the first three rounds and averaged under 300 yards off the tee. With nothing to lose on Sunday, it cut it loose and finished with an average of 314.6 yards.

7. Matt Kuchar, United States -- Coming off a week away from the PGA Tour following his victory in the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, Kuchar never got it going in the WGC-Cadillac Championship en route to a tie for 35th. He was the only player in the field with a chance to catch ailing and idle Brandt Snedeker in the FedEx Cup standings with a victory, but couldn't break the par of 72 until he shot 71 on Sunday. ... Kooch is going to play for the sixth time on the PGA Tour this season when he tees it up on Thursday in the Tampa Bay Championship, where he is making his sixth appearance. He has a good history on the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort, with four finishes in the top 20, including three in the top 12. His best result was a tie for ninth in 2002, the first time he played the event. Kuchar tied for 10th last year, closing with 67-69-65 after he started with a 2-over-par 73. He grew up in Central Florida, but hasn't played in the Arnold Palmer Invitational since 2003, and is expected to skip it again next week. ... Kuchar shot even-par 72 in each of the first three rounds at Doral, as much of the field went low in the benign conditions on the TPC Blue Monster. He played bogey-free golf in the final round until the 17th hole, where he found a greenside bunker with his approach and could not get up-and-down for par, missing a six-foot putt. Kuchar hit only half the greens and needed to average 26.50 putts per round just to keep himself afloat.

8. Justin Rose, England -- Even though he wasn't in the conversation after the first round, Rose put up a credible defense of his title in the WGC-Cadillac Championship, finishing in a tie for eighth. He carded bookend rounds of 4-under-par 68, but shot 72-70 in the middle rounds and recorded his second consecutive top-10 finish, one week after he tied for fourth in the Honda Classic, his first stroke-play event of the year on the PGA Tour. ... Rose, who lives at Lake Nona near Orlando, played in all four events of the Florida Swing in 2012, but that's not going to happen this year, because he is skipping the Tampa Bay Championship this week. The schedule page at justinrose.com does not list any tournaments beyond the Cadillac, but he is expected to play next week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational for the fifth consecutive year and ninth time overall since it is essentially a home game for him. He's also expected to play in the two-day Tavistock Cup at the start of the week after the tournament at Bay Hill. ... Rose's 68s last week on the TPC Blue Monster were nearly identical, as he did not record a bogey either day, while recording two birdies on the front nine and two on the back each time. He could have posted four rounds in the 60s if not for two poor shots. The Englishman hit his tee shot into the water on No. 9 in round two and three-putted for a triple-bogey 6. Then he hit his drive into the water on the third hole in round three and took a double-bogey 6, the only blemish on his card while shooting 70.

9. Adam Scott, Australia -- Scott posted the best final round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship, a flawless 8-under-par 64, and it left him in a tie for third, five shots behind winner Tiger Woods. It was his second top-10 finish of the season in three events on the PGA Tour and his best finish on the circuit since finishing second to Ernie Els in the Open Championship last July at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, where he bogied the last four holes to lose by one stroke. ... Scotty will be playing in two consecutive events for the first time this season when he tees off Thursday in the Tampa Bay Championship for the fifth time. It's a bit of a strange choice because he has not finished in the top 25 in any of his previous four appearances on the Copperhead Course. He tied for 35th in 2005, missed the cut in 2006 and 2009, and tied for 28th in 2010. When he shot 5-under-par 66 in the second round three years ago, it was only the second time in what is now a total of 12 rounds in which he has broken 70 at Innisbrook Resort. According to the schedule at adamscott.com, he also will play next week in the Arnold Palmer Invitational, and then take two weeks off ahead of the Masters. ... The Aussie simply got started a little too slowly last week on the TPC Blue Monster, starting with 72-70 before playing the weekend in 68-64. He hit more than 60 percent of the fairways and greens while averaging 27.00 putts per round with his belly putter, taking only 23 strokes on the greens in the final round.

10. Bubba Watson, United States -- Bubba was among the leaders when he opened with 66-69 in the WGC-Cadillac Championship, and seemed to be at least headed for his fourth top-10 finish if five events this season on the PGA Tour. However, he could manage only 71-75 on the weekend and slid down the leaderboard to a tie for 18th, worse than all of his other finishes this year except a missed cut at the Northern Trust Open. ... Watson is a Florida boy, having grown up on the Panhandle, but he is playing in only two events on the Florida Swing, having passed on the Honda Classic and the Tampa Bay Championship this week at Innisbrook Resort. He will return next week for the Arnold Palmer Invitational, in which he tied for fourth last year, and then apparently he will pass on the Shell Houston Open and the Valero Texas Open before making his title defense at the Masters. ... Watson hung up 11 birdies in his first two rounds on the TPC Blue Monster, but could make only six on the weekend, including one in the final round, at No. 8. In addition, he made only four bogeys in the first 54 holes, but had that many on Sunday. He got off to a great start with five birdies in the first nine holes on Thursday, but finished the tournament with four bogeys on his last 13 holes on Sunday. He hit 13-of-18 fairways and needed only 25 putts in his opening 66, but found only 8-of-18 greens and needed 29 putts in the last round. In addition, Watson hit well over half the fairways in the first two rounds and well under half in the last two.

11. Webb Simpson, United States -- The U.S. Open champion played solid, but unspectacular golf last week in the WGC-Cadillac Championship, breaking 70 only when he shot 5-under-par 67 in round two, en route to a tie for 20th. He shot the par of 72 or better every day on the TPC Blue Monster, but simply could not go low enough to make a run up the leaderboard after finishing in the top 10 in each of his last two tournaments. ... After skipping the Honda Classic, the opening event of the Florida Swing, Webb plans to play in the last three Sunshine State tournaments, teeing it up this week in the Tampa Bay Championship for the fifth consecutive year. He shot 77-72 -- 149 and missed the cut by six strokes in 2009, but has played well on the Copperhead Course since. Simpson had a chance to win the tournament two years ago, being tied with Gary Woodland going to the 72nd hole. Both flew the green with their approach shots, but Woodland holed a 10-foot putt for par and came out on top when Webb missed from 20 feet. He also tied for 13th in 2010 and tied for 10th last year. ... Simpson carded five bogeys in his flawless 67 in round two last week at Doral, where he could have been right with the leaders if not for a back nine meltdown the day before. He started the tournament with four birdies in the first six holes, but could not make another the rest of the way, making four bogeys on the back nine, including three in the last four holes to open with a 72.

12. Steve Stricker, United States -- About the only thing you could fault Stricker for last week was giving a putting tip to Tiger Woods, who putted the lights out in the WGC-Cadillac Championship to beat him by two strokes. It was the second runner-up finish of the season for Stricker, who chased Dustin Johnson to the end of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions and tied for fifth in the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, giving him three top-five finishes in as many starts this year. ... Sticking with his plan to play fewer events this season, Stricker has only one tournament planned before the Masters, and that's the Shell Houston Open in two weeks. He originally said he planned to play only 10 events, but added the Houston event to make it 11, for now. He has left his options open however, saying he might play in the FedEx Cup playoffs if he believes he has a chance to take home the trophy. One tournament he will not skip is the John Deere Classic, a virtual home game which he has won three times. ... With his wife, Nicki, on the bag like his days on the mini-tours, Stricker was the only player who posted four consecutive rounds in the 60s last week on the TPC Blue Monsters. He put pressure on Woods by carding five birdies through 12 holes in the final round before finishing with six consecutive pars to come up a little short. Strick carded at least five birdies in each round and finished third in the field with a total of 23, but that was four fewer than Woods, who led the field with 27.

13. Lee Westwood, England -- Failing to back up his tie for ninth in the Honda Classic, Westwood could break 70 only when he shot 3-under-par 69 in the second round on his way to a tie for 25th in the WGC-Cadillac Championship. He has not broken 70 on the weekend in the eight rounds of his four stroke-play events on the PGA Tour this season, losing his best chance when he finished round three with a run of bogeys after playing brilliantly for most of the day. ... Having been a resident of the Sunshine State for about three months, Westwood is going to play three times on the Florida Swing of the PGA Tour, and the Tampa Bay Championship this week is the one he is going to skip. He's never played in the event on the Copperhead Course and it's the furthest from his home in Palm Beach Gardens. Lee will be back next week for the Arnold Palmer Invitational and, according to the schedule at leewestwood.com, he will play the following week in the Shell Houston Open before taking a week off ahead of the Masters. ... Lee carded five birdies in his first 11 holes in round three last week on the TPC Blue Monster, but the finished with four bogeys on the last six holes to shoot 1-under-par 71. He also carded four birdies in a span of six holes through No. 11 in his 69 on Friday, but could make only two birdies while shooting another 71 on Sunday. Westwood hit nearly 70 percent of the greens, but struggled once he got there, averaging 30.75 putts per round, taking at least 30 every day.

14. Hunter Mahan, United States -- Looking for his sixth consecutive top-20 finish, or better, Mahan tamed the TPC Blue Monster with a 5-under-par 67 last week in first round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship. However, he could not even equal 70 the rest of the way and wound up in a tie for 25th in his first tournament since losing to Matt Kuchar in the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. ... Having played seven times on the PGA Tour this season and played well, Mahan has two events left on his schedule before the Masters. He will pass on the Tampa Bay Championship this week, but be back next week for the Arnold Palmer Invitational before defending his title in two weeks at the Shell Houston Open. He's also skipping the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio, even though it's not that far from his home in Colleyville, Texas, one week before heading to Augusta National. ... Mahan carded six birdies in the first eight holes of round one last week at Doral, and nine in all on the first day. However, the Blue Monster got him back over the last 54 holes, when he could manage only nine more birdies. And he left with a bad taste in his mouth after hitting his tee shot into the water on the 18th hole and finished with a double-bogey 6 that left him with a 74 on Sunday. However, the biggest problem for Mahan in the final round was the putter, as he needed 31 strokes on the greens after averaging 27.0 the first three days.

15. Keegan Bradley, United States -- Even though he opened with three rounds in the 60s, Bradley lost ground each day to eventual winner Tiger Woods, and when he closed with a 1-under-par 71 he finished solo seventh in the WGC-Cadillac Championship. He started the season with a tie for fourth in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, but after five poor to indifferent finishes, has been in the top 10 the last two weeks, also tying for fourth in the Honda Classic. ... Having played eight times this season on the PGA Tour, Keegan apparently will take it easy heading toward the first major of the year, skipping the last two legs of the Florida Swing this week and next, perhaps in part because they are longer drives from his home in South Florida. According to the schedule at keeganbradley.com, he will play in the Shell Houston Open, in which he tied for fourth last year, and then take another week off before playing in the Masters for the second time. ... Bradley started 68-68-69 last week on the TPC Blue Monster, making hay on the par-5 eighth hole with two eagles and a birdie before settling for par there in the final round. He started the final round with his third eagle of the week, holing an improbable 42-foot putt, but had only one birdie on Sunday, at No. 12. Bradley had recorded only three bogeys in 68 holes, before making two in his final four holes of the tournament. His best stretch came right at the start, when he carded three birdies in a span of four holes through No. 15 after starting round one on the back nine.

16. Ian Poulter, England -- Looking for his third top-10 finish in as many starts this season on the PGA Tour, Poulter started with a 4-under-par 68 in the WGC-Cadillac Championship, but could not break 70 the rest of the way, getting worse each day en route to a tie for 28th. After taking six weeks off following the season-opening Tournament of Champions, he has played only 13 rounds this season and will pick it up on his way to the Masters next month. ... Poulter is on a one week on, one week off schedule as he heads to the first major of the season. After playing last week at Doral, he is skipping the Tampa Bay Championship this week, but will be back next week for the Arnold Palmer Invitational, since Bay Hill is not far from his home in Central Florida. Then he will pass on the Shell Houston Open, the first of two events in Texas, before playing the Valero Texas Open the week before going to Augusta National for the first major of the season. ... Poults carded six birdies in his first round last week on the TPC Blue Monster, but could make only nine more over the last 54 holes. He was in decent shape at 68-70 after a second round in which he made only one bogey, but he played the weekend in 72-75, finishing on a sour note when he took four strokes to reach the 17th green on Sunday and carded a double-bogey 6. He hit less that 60 percent of the fairways and greens, keeping himself going only with the best club in his bag, the putter, by averaging 27.25 putts per round.

17. Jason Dufner, United States -- Playing his best golf of the season on the PGA Tour, Dufner opened with three consecutive rounds of 3-under-par 69 last week in the WGC-Cadillac Championship, but could manage only a 72 on Sunday and had to settle for a tie for 12th. That bettered his best previous finish on the circuit this year, a tie for 18th in the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions, but he did tie for ninth in two events on the Middle East Swing of the European Tour. ... Duf has played seven times this season on the two major tours, and appears he might tee it up only once more before the Masters next month. That would be this week in the Tampa Bay Championship, where he posted his best finish in five appearances last year, a tie for 10th. Dufner took a two-stroke lead after 36 holes by playing the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort in 66-66, but managed to only equal the par of 71 in each of his weekend rounds, finishing three strokes out of the playoff in which Luke Donald beat Jim Furyk, Sang-Moon Bae and Robert Garrigus. ... After carding 11 birdies in his first three rounds at Doral, Dufner could manage only two in the final round, when he also had two of the five bogeys he recorded for the week. He salvaged his opening 69 with his best stretch of golf, recording four birdies in a span of four holes through No. 8 while finishing on the front nine. Dufner played the front nine of the TPC Blue Monster in 9-under for the tournament, with only a single bogey, but was even on the back.

18. Ernie Els, South Africa -- After opening the PGA Tour season with a promising tie for 13th in the Northern Trust Open, Els has recorded three indifferent results, including a tie for 28th last week in the WGC-Cadillac Championship. He has won twice on the TPC Blue Monster, in the 2010 WGC event and in the 2002 Genuity Championship, but could break 70 on the course last week only when he shot 3-under-par 69 in the second round. ... Els made a commitment last week to play in the Tampa Bay Championship, in which he tied for fifth last year after a late collapse, but was forced to withdraw on Sunday night because of a nagging back ailment. He almost didn't make it to the first tee on Thursday at Doral because of the problem and received treatment from his trainer on the course. He planned to have an MRI exam and hopes to play next week in the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, where he claimed the title in 1998 and 2010. Ernie said it might be a lingering problem with his right hip flexor, which has bothered him for about five months. ... The Big Easy carded only one bogey in his second-round 69 last week at Doral, on the seventh hole, but that was the only day he had any type of consistency. He got off on the wrong foot when his third shot of the opening round went into the water en route to a double-bogey 7 on the 10th hole and things never got much better. He hit less than half the fairways and under 60 percent of the greens, but the good news was that he averaged 27.25 putts per round.

19. Louis Oosthuizen, South Africa -- One week after missing the cut in the Honda Classic, Oosty was glad there was no cut last week in the WGC-Cadillac Championship, because he would have been gone for the weekend in many tournaments at 70-75 -- 145. He brought it back a bit with 69-72 in the last two rounds and climbed to a tie for 33rd, and could take a bit of confidence this week to the other side of Florida. ... In his run-up to the Masters, which he lost in a playoff to Bubba Watson last year, Louie is playing this week in the Tampa Bay Championship and again in two weeks at the Shell Houston Open. He is playing on the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort for the second time, having tied for 20th last year, when he started with a 2-over-par 73 and then reeled off three consecutive rounds of 68. Oosty played even better at Houston, where he finished solo third after leading through 54 holes. ... Oosthuizen played a four-hole stretch through No. 6 in round two in bogey-double bogey-bogey-par-bogey last week at Doral. He carded only four more bogeys over the last 48 holes, but it was too late. The South African reeled off four consecutive birdies through No. 10 en route to his 3-under-par 69 on Saturday, and recorded one birdie and one bogey in a workman-like 72 in the final round. Oosthuizen had one other good stretch, recording three birdies in a span of six holes through No. 17 in his opening 70. His ball-striking was so-so, and he averaged 28.25 putts per round.

20. Zach Johnson, United States -- Continuing his so-so play a year after winning twice on the PGA Tour, Johnson fell apart on the weekend after a solid start in the WGC-Cadillac Championship and wound up in a tie for 47th. His only finish in the top 20 in six starts this season was a tie for 18th in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, with only 30 players in the winner-only field to start the year. ... Johnson, who lived in the Sunshine State for several years, is going to finish off the Florida Swing by playing in the last three events. He's in the field this week at the Tampa Bay Championship for the eighth time, with his best finish a tie for 14th in 2007, when he shot 5-under-par 66 in round three. Zach also tied for 20th two years ago, when he shot 66-66 in the middle rounds on the Copperhead Course, but he has broken 70 there only four times in 23 rounds. Zach has not yet committed to the Valero Texas Open, which he won in 2008 and 2009, as the tournament has been moved to a week before the Masters. ... Zach opened with 71-67 last week on the TPC Blue Monster and at least was in hailing distance of the leaders, but played the weekend in 77-75. He was at even for the round through 13 holes on Saturday, before needing four shots to reach the 14th green en route to a double-bogey 6. Then he hit his second shot into the water at No. 18 and three-putted from four feet for a triple-bogey 7. Johnson hit under 60 percent of the fairways and greens, and while he averaged only 25.5 putts the first two days and took 29 putts each of the last two.

Others receiving consideration: Graeme McDowell, Northern Ireland; Martin Kaymer, Germany; Nick Watney, United States; Rickie Fowler, United States; Bill Haas, United States; Charl Schwartzel, South Africa; Sergio Garcia, Spain; Jim Furyk, United States; Carl Pettersson, Sweden; Bo Van Pelt, United States; Peter Hanson, Sweden; Jason Day, Australia; John Merrick, United States; Charles Howell III, United States; Tim Clark, South Africa; Michael Thompson, United States.