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: Troy Matteson found a good time to get hot last year — posting all three of his top-10s in a five-tournament span heading into the FedExCup Playoffs on the way to a career-best finish of 45th. Finding consistency throughout the year will be the key in 2013.
2012 DEFINING MOMENT: Matteson started his surge into the FedExCup Playoffs with a playoff loss to Zach Johnson at the John Deere Classic. After opening with a 61, Matteson drained a 52-foot eagle putt on the 71st hole of regulation to force sudden death, eventually losing on the second extra hole. –- Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
ALBERS’ QUICK TAKE: I walked with Mattesson the final round at John Deere where he lost a playoff to Zach Johnson. It took one of the great shots of the year out of Zach — out of a fairway bunker for tap in birdie during the playoff — in order for Johnson to win. I wondered at the time if the defeat would encourage Troy or leave a scar. Troy went on to miss just one more cut during the regular season. Troy Mattesson is a mentally disciplined player. — Fred Albers, SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio
BOLTON’S FANTASY OUTLOOK: Not sure there’s another guy on TOUR that requires as much patience. Since his rookie year of 2006, he’s averaged 12.71 missed cuts per season, but he’s also averaged 29.43 starts. Notoriously streaky. Conservative gamers might have a spot for him, but they might not mind taking a pass on the absence of production for the majority of the year. Meanwhile, like most things counterintuitive in fantasy golf, his unpredictability week-to-week translates into known value since he’s repeatedly proven that he’ll solve his problems before painting himself into a corner. — Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy expert
2012 QUICK REVIEW
|Regular Season ranking
|Final Playoffs ranking
|Best finishes||2nd||John Deere Classic|
|By the NumbersStarts: 32||TOUR rankingDriving distance: 26th|
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