13 to watch for 2013: No. 8 John Cook

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John Cook will look to get back on the winning track in 2013.
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January 05, 2013
Vartan Kupelian

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For the first time since his arrival on the Champions Tour in 2007, John Cook didn’t find the winner’s circle in 2012. The shutout came a year after Cook’s outstanding three-win season.

But that doesn’t mean he didn’t remain among the elite. Only four golfers – Bernhard Langer, Tom Lehman, Michael Allen and Mark Calcavecchia – posted more top 10 finishes than Cook, who had 10. Plus, Cook was outstanding in the major championships.

Cook once again surpassed the $1 million mark in earnings. He was No. 10 on the Money List and the only player in the top 10 who didn’t post a ‘W’. It speaks to Cook’s consistency. Cook and No. 12 Peter Senior were the only golfers among the 15 who earned $1 million without a victory.

Statistically, Cook had a typically solid year but the numbers didn’t add up to a victory.

Cook was No. 8 in the all-around category. He was No. 8 in scoring average at 69.85. In greens in regulation, he ranked eighth at 72.31. Cook again was among the putting leaders, averaging 1.765, good for another statistical top 10.

Cook, still searching for his first, also was stellar in the major championships. He was runner-up at the Senior PGA Championship, tied for sixth at both the Senior British Open and the U.S. Senior Open and tied for 20th at the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship. By most measuring sticks, it was a very good year. All that was missing is a victory.

Cook will try to correct that omission in 2013.

 

2012 QUICK REVIEW

Best finishes 2nd Senior PGA Championship, Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf (T2)
By the Numbers
Starts: 23
Cuts made: 21
Top-10 finishes: 10
Schwab Cup ranking: 7th
Money List rank: 10th
Champions Tour ranking
Driving distance: 39th
Driving accuracy: 15th
Greens in regulation: 8th
Putts per round: 18th
Scoring average: 8th
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