2012 PGA TOUR preview: Top 100 Players to Watch

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December 09, 2012
PGATOUR.COM staff

Welcome to PGATOUR.COM's annual preview feature, the Top 100 Players to Watch. Unveiled every December, the Top 100 list is our holiday gift to golf fans eagerly awaiting the start of the next season (and it's closer than you think -- the opening round of the 2012 Hyundai Tournament of Champions is the first Friday in January).

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To come up with our ranking of the Top 100 Players to Watch in 2012, we used a variety of criteria and receive input from several sources within the PGA TOUR offices. A player's ranking might be based on how he performed in 2011 .... or how he might perform in 2012 ... or his popularity among fans ... or perhaps whether his story is interesting or unusual. There is no set formula. Much like Bubba Watson plays golf, our lineup is determined a lot on feel.

This year, PGATOUR.COM is delighted to have the involvement of three PGA TOUR winners who will offer their quick takes on each of the 100 players on the list. Chris DiMarco is a three-time winner and has represented the U.S. on Presidents Cup and Ryder Cup teams. Arron Oberholser won the 2006 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Craig Perks won THE PLAYERS Championship in 2002. (For more on the Three Wise Men, click here)

Other parts of each Top 100 player's profile include a preview written by staff writers Helen Ross or Brian Wacker; a fantasy outlook by PGATOUR.COM's fantasy expert Rob Bolton; key video links; a five-year outlook at how each player has ranked in several key categories; and a breakdown of each player's scoring average on TOUR last season.

You'll probably have some strong opinions on our list. Be sure to let us know by checking out our TOUR Report each day with the latest unveilings

Top 100 Players to Watch in 2012
1 Luke Donald Click for player preview
2 Rory McIlroy Click for player preview
3 Webb Simpson Click for player preview
4 Keegan Bradley Click for player preview
5 Phil Mickelson Click for player preview
6 Tiger Woods Click for player preview
7 Bill Haas Click for player preview
8 Bubba Watson Click for player preview
9 Dustin Johnson Click for player preview
10 Rickie Fowler Click for player preview
11 Adam Scott Click for player preview
12 Jason Day Click for player preview
13 Gary Woodland Click for player preview
14 Sergio Garcia Click for player preview
15 Nick Watney Click for player preview
16 Charl Schwartzel Click for player preview
17 Matt Kuchar Click for player preview
18 K.J. Choi Click for player preview
19 Hunter Mahan Click for player preview
20 Lee Westwood Click for player preview
21 David Toms Click for player preview
22 Jhonattan Vegas Click for player preview
23 Brandt Snedeker Click for player preview
24 Justin Rose Click for player preview
25 Steve Stricker Click for player preview
26 Aaron Baddeley Click for player preview
27 Jim Furyk Click for player preview
28 Graeme McDowell Click for player preview
29 Lucas Glover Click for player preview
30 Brendan Steele Click for player preview
31 Mark Wilson Click for player preview
32 Zach Johnson Click for player preview
33 Geoff Ogilvy Click for player preview
34 Anthony Kim Click for player preview
35 Ernie Els Click for player preview
36 Scott Stallings Click for player preview
37 Ian Poulter Click for player preview
38 Ben Crane Click for player preview
39 Vijay Singh Click for player preview
40 Fredrik Jacobson Click for player preview
41 Davis Love III Click for player preview
42 Louis Oosthuizen Click for player preview
43 Charley Hoffman Click for player preview
44 Bo Van Pelt Click for player preview
45 Camilo Villegas Click for player preview
46 Rory Sabbatini Click for player preview
47 Paul Casey Click for player preview
48 Jason Dufner Click for player preview
49 Trevor Immelman Click for player preview
50 Robert Karlsson Click for player preview
51 Jonathan Byrd Click for player preview
52 Y.E. Yang Click for player preview
53 Padraig Harrington Click for player preview
54 Martin Laird Click for player preview
55 Retief Goosen Click for player preview
56 Charles Howell III Click for player preview
57 Stewart Cink Click for player preview
58 Bud Cauley Click for player preview
59 Kevin Na Click for player preview
60 Sean O'Hair Click for player preview
61 J.B. Holmes Click for player preview
62 Ryan Moore Click for player preview
63 Tommy Gainey Click for player preview
64 D.A. Points Click for player preview
65 Kyle Stanley Click for player preview
66 Robert Allenby Click for player preview
67 Jerry Kelly Click for player preview
68 Bryce Molder Click for player preview
69 Spencer Levin Click for player preview
70 Bill Lunde Click for player preview
71 Robert Garrigus Click for player preview
72 Heath Slocum Click for player preview
73 Stuart Appleby Click for player preview
74 Chez Reavie Click for player preview
75 Erik Compton Click for player preview
76 Brendon de Jonge Click for player preview
77 Steve Marino Click for player preview
78 Ryan Palmer Click for player preview
79 Brian Davis Click for player preview
80 Johnson Wagner Click for player preview
81 Scott Piercy Click for player preview
82 Chris Kirk Click for player preview
83 John Senden Click for player preview
84 Carl Pettersson Click for player preview
85 Chad Campbell Click for player preview
86 George McNeill Click for player preview
87 Harrison Frazar Click for player preview
88 Jeff Overton Click for player preview
89 Chris Stroud Click for player preview
90 Kevin Streelman Click for player preview
91 Angel Cabrera Click for player preview
92 Justin Leonard Click for player preview
93 J.J. Killeen Click for player preview
94 Scott Verplank Click for player preview
95 Jimmy Walker Click for player preview
96 Andres Romero Click for player preview
97 Paul Goydos Click for player preview
98 Ricky Barnes Click for player preview
99 Kris Blanks Click for player preview
100 Billy Hurley Click for player preview
Previous Top 100 lists
Here's a look at the three previous Top 100 Players to Watch
Top 100 Players to Watch in 2011 Top 100 Players to Watch in 2010 Top 100 Players to Watch in 2009
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