To preview the 2013 PGA TOUR season, PGATOUR.COM is counting down the Top 100 Players to Watch in 2013. For an archive page with the top 100 players and for an explanation on how the list was compiled, click here.
2013 PREVIEW: Martin Laird has quietly established himself as one of the TOUR’s best young players with two wins and five runner-up finishes in the last four years, two of which came in 2012. If he can improve his final-round scoring average — Laird ranked 129th on TOUR in 2012 — more trophies may come his way.
2012 DEFINING MOMENT: In four starts at THE PLAYERS, Laird had never shot in the 60s, until 2012, that is. He opened with a 65 and shared the first-round lead with Ian Poulter and then went on to tie for second. –- Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
ALBERS’ QUICK TAKE: Martin put a lot of effort and emotion into making the Ryder Cup team and when that did not happen, I wonder if it affected his season. Nobody on TOUR has reworked their game more than Laird. He came to the United States hitting low draws and now hits high cuts. — Fred Albers, SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio
BOLTON’S FANTASY OUTLOOK: Bit of a confounding yet still valuable own. Settled for a career-low 22 starts on the PGA TOUR after making a run at a spot in the Ryder Cup, yet added only two starts in Europe before the biennial competition (for which he didn’t qualify anyway). Logged the last of his three top 10s way back at THE PLAYERS (a co-runner-up), thus beginning a trend that he’s a front-half performer. (He posted the last of six top 10s in 2011 in May as well). In a sense, it’s not a stretch that he merely coasted his way to another season comfortably north of $2 million. He turns 30 on Dec. 29, so his best years are still ahead. — Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy expert
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2012 QUICK REVIEW
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|Regular Season ranking |
|Final Playoffs ranking |
|Best finishes||2nd||Hyundai Tournament of Champions THE PLAYERS Championship (T2)|
|By the Numbers |
Cuts made: 17
Rounds played: 73
Top-10 finishes: 3
Money List rank: 36th
|TOUR ranking |
Driving distance: 28th
Driving accuracy: 129th
Greens in regulation: 89th
Strokes gained-putting: 79th
Scoring average: 110th