Season in Review: Fantasy rankings revisited, part 4November 01, 2011
Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy Columnist
Bolton's projections revisited Nos. 151-200 Rank Golfer Salary projection Actual result Comment 151 Scott Gutschewski PLUS PLUS Extended his drought without a top 10 on the PGA TOUR to 73 consecutive starts. No top 15s of 12 cuts made in 23 starts to finish 183rd on the money list. 152 Charles Warren PUSH MINUS Limited to conditional status, opted for full schedule on the Nationwide Tour. Made four of 10 cuts on PGA TOUR. Would have led the circuit in total driving (again) but didn't log enough rounds. 153 Zack Miller PLUS PLUS The rookie sat inside the top 125 in earnings through the July 3, but missed eight of his last 10 cuts and failed to post a top 50 in the other two starts. Hung on for conditional status at 147th in earnings. 154 Alexandre Rocha PLUS PLUS He closed his rookie season with consecutive career-best finishes, but the latter was a mere T20 at Disney World. Settled for 184th on the money list. 155 James Driscoll PLUS PLUS Perennial tweener missed half of his 24 cuts, but logged a pair of midseason top 10s. Rose to 114th on the money list with a closing T12 at Disney World. 156 Shaun Micheel MINUS MINUS After resurgent 2010 under personal duress -- his mom eventually passed away in October last year -- he failed to log a single top 20 in 27 starts this season, finishing 188th on the money list. 157 Jeff Klauk PLUS MINUS Went 2-for-8 before shutting it down in late June. Had surgery on July 7 to repair torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder. Also dealt with complex partial seizures. Eight starts remaining on medical extension. 158 Trevor Immelman PLUS PLUS Regained form with 18 cuts made and top 10s at his final two events in the Fall Series. Netted $1.165 million to finish 81st on the money list. 159 Jimmy Walker MINUS PLUS Still misses more fairways than most but had a career year with personal bests in cuts made (16) and top 10s (four). First time inside top 100 in earnings (67th). Battled through lower back pain midseason. 160 Tim Herron PLUS PLUS Burned a career-earnings exemption and finished 102nd on the money list. Missed the cut in half of his 28 starts but posted three top fives. 161 J.P. Hayes MINUS MINUS He was fully exempt but made just 19 starts. Withdrew only once after a commitment (McGladrey). Made eight cuts, including his last five to finish 193rd in earnings. 162 Cameron Beckman MINUS MINUS Failed to record a top 10 in a season for the first time since 2000. Made 11 of 25 cuts and finished 144th on the money list. Zero top 35s in last 18 starts. 163 Brett Wetterich MINUS MINUS Had one start to retain status on a medical extension but fell well short. However, finished an impressive 170th on the money list with just six cuts made in eight events. 164 Michael Connell MINUS MINUS Missed 14 of 26 cuts and didn't notch a top 10, finishing 169th in earnings. Placed 50th or worse in eight of his cuts made. 165 Matt Bettencourt MINUS MINUS Battled a myriad of maladies to finish 122nd on the money list, but made only 14 of 30 cuts and didn't post a top 25 in his last 22 starts. 166 Josh Teater MINUS MINUS Overcame excruciatingly slow start -- zero top 60s in his first 10 events -- to finish 110th in earnings. Concluded with 10 consecutive cuts made featuring four top 25s (including both top 10s of 2011). 167 Jeff Maggert MINUS MINUS Limited to 18 starts due to a shoulder injury that sidelined him for four months. Made just six cuts, none of which went for a top 35. 168 John Mallinger PUSH MINUS Went 6-for-15 on conditional status and finished 195th in earnings. Strung together six top 10s on the Nationwide Tour before its finale to secure his PGA TOUR card for 2012. 169 George McNeill MINUS PLUS Talk about making the most of conditional status. Made 15 of 21 cuts and posted a pair of runner-up finishes and another two top 10s. Ranked 59th in earnings. 170 Bob Estes MINUS MINUS Twelve starts on conditional status, making the cut in five. Playoff loss at The Greenbrier Classic accounted for nearly 89 percent of his earnings. As a result, he finished 135th in earnings. 171 Joe Ogilvie PUSH PLUS Given that he withdrew from Q School and played on conditional status this year, it's a coup that he finished 116th in earnings. Climbed from 151st to 85th with a T3 at the Byron Nelson and hung on. 172 Steve Flesch PUSH PLUS Used a career-earnings exemption and finished 134th on the money list. Sat 124th in earnings with three events to go. Made 17 of 27 cuts but posted just one top 10 (T3, Reno-Tahoe). 173 Jhonattan Vegas PLUS PLUS Won the Humana Challenge in what was his fifth career PGA TOUR start, then followed with a T3 at the Farmers. Overall, went 18-for-25 as a rookie with five top 25s; 46th on the money list. 174 Roland Thatcher MINUS MINUS No such luck at the season finale this year. He fell seven spots to 127th, finishing $1,795 short of the top 125. Made 10 of 22 cuts with two top 10s and four more top 25s. 175 Briny Baird MINUS PLUS Played 2011 on conditional status and made 11 of 19 cuts. Lost in a playoff at the Frys.com Open, which was worth over 57 percent of his earnings. Finished 95th on the money list with $942K. 176 Matt Every MINUS MINUS Fell $1,760 short of securing conditional status after exhausting his medical extension. Went on to secure his 2012 PGA TOUR card via the Nationwide Tour. 177 Scott Piercy MINUS PLUS Broke through for his first PGA TOUR victory in Reno where he shot a course-record 61 in the third round. Two other top 10s among 16 cuts made. Banked $1.25 million, good for 75th in earnings. 178 Jeff Quinney PUSH MINUS Cracked only 14 fields on conditional status. Made the cut in half and posted just one top 40 (T13, Mayakoba). No top 25s in seven starts on the Nationwide Tour. 179 Rich Beem PLUS PUSH Exhausted his medical extension and lost status. Overall, went 5-for-21 with one top 40 (T15, Texas Open). 180 David Hearn PLUS PLUS Classic case of "it all adds up." Endured 9-for-12 stretch without a top 30 midseason, but ended with a bang. Sat 122-130 in earnings before starting Fall Series with two top 10s. Finished 104th. 181 Chris DiMarco PUSH PLUS Exhausted his second of two career-earnings exemptions and finished 113th on the money list despite no top 10s. Settled for six top 25s among 16 cuts made in 31 starts. 182 Ben Martin PLUS PLUS Could have been better, could have been worse. The rookie made 12 of 25 cuts but managed only one top 15 (T6, Reno-Tahoe). Earned $340K to finish 164th on the money list. 183 Derek Lamely MINUS MINUS Lone top 10 in 58 career PGA TOUR starts remains his win in Puerto Rico last year. Went 7-for-26 this year with three top 25s to finish 172nd in earnings. Played through cartilage tear in his wrist. 184 John Merrick MINUS PUSH Tidy comeback from conditional status to finish 119th in earnings. Logged one top 10 (T9, Travelers) among 15 cuts made in 21 starts. 185 Kent Jones PLUS PLUS Very typical season. Made 14 of 25 cuts with three top 25s (no top 10s). Finished 159th on the money list. Fell outside top 125 at the conclusion of The Heritage and didn't recover. 186 Peter Tomasulo PLUS PLUS Opened 4-for-11, then sat out for a while with an unknown injury. Returned for two starts out west (one on Nationwide Tour) before shutting it down again. Placed 209th in earnings on PGA TOUR. 187 Gary Woodland PLUS PLUS Monster season. Six top 10s, including his first PGA TOUR victory (Transitions) and playoff loss (Humana). Totaled 15 top 25s among 21 cuts made in 25 starts. Finished 17th on the money list. 188 Marc Turnesa PLUS PLUS Earned 60 percent of his money with a T5 at the Transitions. Finished 173rd on the money list. Will start 2012 with one start remaining on his medical extension. 189 Rocco Mediate MINUS MINUS Only top-50 finish of seven cuts made in 23 starts was a solo 31st in the no-cut, 32-man lid-lifter at Kapalua. Dealt with elbow tendinitis all year. Withdrew during five events. 190 David Mathis PLUS PLUS He was the oldest Nationwide Tour grad in 2010, but also one of nine to finish inside the top 125 on the PGA TOUR money list. The now-37-year-old placed 118th thanks to a late kick. 191 Bobby Gates PLUS PLUS The rookie was bumped outside the top 125 by $1,431 at Disney World; he finished 126th on the money list. Missed 18 of 29 cuts but logged three top-sixes. 192 D.J. Brigman PLUS PLUS Fourth time on TOUR and four times outside the top 150 on the money list. He went 10-for-23 with only one top 30 (T16, Viking) and finished a career-worst 190th in earnings. 193 Lee Janzen MINUS MINUS Limited to a career-low 19 starts and finished a career-worst 185th on the money list. Of 11 cuts made, lone top-35 finish was a T17 at the Canadian Open. 194 Tom Pernice Jr. MINUS PUSH Model of efficiency. Parlayed T3 at the season finale into a spot inside the top 125 on the money list (121st) in just 12 starts. Also shared second at the Viking Classic. Turned 52 in September. 195 Chris Baryla PLUS MINUS The holdover rookie made one cut in 20 starts, a T18 at The Greenbrier Classic. Also exhausted his medical extension after 16 events. 196 Brendan Steele PLUS PLUS The rookie hadn't played a PGA TOUR event until this year, then went 16-for-27 with a victory (Texas Open) and seven other top 25s. Finished 38th on the money list. 197 Michael Bradley PUSH PLUS Won the Puerto Rico Open for the second time since 2009. Those victories are his only top 10s on the PGA TOUR in the last 11 years. This year's win was worth two-thirds of his earnings. 198 Chez Reavie PLUS PLUS Secured conditional status when he exhausted his medical extension, and then turned on the jets. Closed with seven top 20s in his last 11 starts, finishing 34th on the money list ($2.285M). 199 Johnson Wagner MINUS PLUS Won the Mayakoba in his third start. It turned out to be worth over 54 percent of his earnings; he finished 78th on the money list. It was his only top 10 of the year. 200 Kenny Perry MINUS MINUS Fully exempt through 2014 but opted to make only 13 starts. Didn't crack a top 35 and finished 212th on the money list. Won SAS Championship for his first victory on the Champions Tour.
BOLTON'S RANKINGS REVISITED: 1-50 | 51-100 | 101-150 | 151-200 | 201-250 | Preseason projections