Fantasy projections: 2012 Web.com Tour graduates

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December 23, 2012
Rob Bolton, Fantasy Insider

With the 2012 Web.com Tour season in the books, it's time to fire up the stove. This is the first in a series of fantasy features over the last two months of the year geared toward preparing you for 2013.

Since the PGA TOUR is evolving into a wraparound schedule in 2013-14, there are only 40 tournaments that comprise a transitional 2013 slate, a reduction of five compared to this year. However, if you eliminate the season-opening winner's-only event at Kapalua, all four majors, all three World Golf Championships -- eight events few Web.com Tour graduates will play -- and the four tournaments in the FedExCup Playoffs, that leaves 28 reasonable starts to crack the top 125 in FedExCup points to qualify for the Playoffs and secure status for 2013-14.

As a result of this compression, it stands to reason that golfers without guaranteed status in 2013-14 but no lower in the Priority Rankings than those that will finish inside the top 125 in earnings this year may play more often. PGA TOUR officials are working on accommodations to increase the size of fields to assist golfers in the graduate reshuffle of which the bottom 24 below are included.

For these guys in the trenches, getting off to a hot start may never have greater value. Not only are there fewer events to play overall, but the Mayakoba Golf Classic is on a one-season hiatus. In the past, this event held opposite the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play served as a guaranteed start for everyone will fully exempt status. Its position inside the first phase of the reshuffle (which ends when the TOUR migrates to Florida, or after the first eight tournaments) was valuable since performance during the first two months lays the foundation for many to schedule the remainder of the year.

In 2013, golfers near the bottom of the opening reshuffle may be limited to as few as three starts on merit, depending on what adjustments are made to the fields. As an example, Nathan Green started 2012 slotted 50th in the reshuffle and cracked four events on the West Coast Swing, one of which was the Mayakoba.

This year's Web.com Tour graduating class includes 15 rookies, including Nos. 2-8 on the money list. The average age of all 25 grads (as of Jan. 1, 2013) will be 30.44; down from last year's 31.12. Ten are in their 20s; the other 15 are in their 30s. All but five are Americans, three are from Australia and there is one each from Sweden and Canada.

Over the last five years (and with one official event remaining in 2012), nine Web.com Tour grads won in the year after they graduated. Another 29 finished inside the top 125 in earnings, and 16 placed inside 126-150 on the money list to secure conditional status. Overall, 54 (or 43.2 percent; an average of 10.8 per year) retained some form of status.

Because of the short season in 2013, I've projected four to finish inside the top 125 and nine to end in the 126-150 range in earnings. This assume that none will improve his number at q-school in early December.

Projections are also influenced by fantasy relevance. There are always diamonds in the rough, pardon the golf pun, but that cliche applies only to guys that have little cachet. Therefore, consider this dynamic as you read through the analysis.

In the player capsules below, "Rob's Riff" includes my opinion, sometimes pointed, on where fantasy gamers need to position themselves accordingly. Remember, my goal is to put you in the position of making an intelligent decision with conviction, even if you disagree. The clarity will help with your direction and philosophy as a fantasy owner. Ages are listed as of Jan. 1, 2013. Official World Golf Rankings are as of Oct. 28, 2012.

Casey Wittenberg • 28
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013 PGA TOUR rookie? No
Rank on Web.com money list: 1
Official World Golf Ranking: 104  
 

2012 highlights: One of five two-time winners. After his first victory in March, ranked no lower than 11th in earnings. Logged a total of eight top 10s, including a solo second and a T3. Ranked second in both scoring average and the bounce-back.Led the tour in birdies or better on par 3s.

PGA TOUR experience: Has played in at least one event in nine different seasons. Overall, he's 23-for-53 with three top 10s, including a T10 at the U.S. Open in June, his only start this year. In his only stint as a member (as a Web.com Tour graduate) in 2009, he didn't qualify for the FedExCup Playoffs and finished 159th on the money list.
2013 money list projection: Top 125
Rob's Riff: As a rule, the money leader is an automatic own. He's exempt from the reshuffle -- a much more valuable reward in a compressed season -- and receives a tee time at THE PLAYERS for finishing No. 1 in earnings. However, unlike 2011 money leader, J.J. Killeen, this won't be Wittenberg's first rodeo. While he's arguably best known for a T13 as an amateur at the 2004 Masters, he's evolved into a refined and consistent product still well ahead of his bell curve. He's also acknowledged a maturity that was lacking earlier in his career. However, given he's not long off the tee, he'll have to pick his spots, so there is no reason to buy early.



Luke Guthrie • 22
2013 PGA TOUR rookie? Yes
Rank on Web.com Tour money list: 2
Official World Golf Ranking: 116    

2012 highlights: Truly a storybook season that included three top 20s on the PGA TOUR. On the Web.com, he didn't make his first start until late July, and then promptly lost in a playoff. He'd go on to record six top 10s in his last nine starts, including back-to-back victories in September. He led the money list for two weeks following the second title. He led the tour in several statistical categories, including scoring average, birdie average, putting and the all-around.
PGA TOUR experience: Hadn't competed until the FedEx St. Jude Classic in June, and finished T19. His only hiccup in four starts was a missed cut at the Frys.com Open.
2013 money list projection: Top 125
Rob's Riff: There isn't anything not to love about this guy. He'll start near the top of the reshuffle and he's already bagged enough positive experience on the PGA TOUR to begin with some confidence to suggest that his success on the Web.com will transfer. Think Bud Cauley. The giant variable is how Guthrie's game will translate to historically more difficult courses.

Russell Henley • 23
2013 PGA TOUR rookie? Yes
Rank on Web.com Tour money list: 3
Official World Golf Ranking: 139    

2012 highlights:
Picked off two wins -- both in playoffs -- in the last five events to conclude his season with four straight top 10s. All seven of his top 10s occurred in the second half.
PGA TOUR experience: He's made the cut in both of his appearances in the U.S. Open.
2013 money list projection: Top 125
Rob's Riff: Reminds me of Webb Simpson. Decorated collegian with no weaknesses in the bag. Henley won on the Web.com Tour as an amateur in 2011. What I love is his admission of where his mindset was entering the playoff at the Chiquita Classic, his first of two wins late this year. He acknowledged that both of his opponents -- Morgan Hoffmann and Patrick Cantlay -- seemed to always get the better of him during their amateur days. It was clear that Henley surprised himself. That he overcame that day and finished the season strong is the epitome of a guy shattering a glass ceiling. A learning curve awaits on the PGA TOUR, but he's been trending toward his card for a while now.

Luke List • 27
2013 PGA TOUR rookie? Yes
Rank on Web.com Tour money list: 4
Official World Golf Ranking: 207    

2012 highlights
: Highest-ranked of anyone with just one win. Added three runner-up finishes and another two top 10s.Ranked inside the top four in earnings following the last 21 events.Led the circuit in both distance off the tee (324.0 yards) and birdies or better on par 5s.Ranked sixth in scoring average.
PGA TOUR experience: In 11 starts, he's made two cuts, the better of which a T33 as an amateur at the 2005 Masters.
2013 money list projection: Top 125
Rob's Riff: Achieved early fame as the runner-up at the 2004 U.S. Amateur (losing in the final to Ryan Moore), and then again at the 2005 Masters where Moore again clipped him for low amateur. While List turned pro in 2007, his career really didn't begin in earnest until he was fully exempt on the Web.com Tour in 2010. By all accounts, he's in for a long run on the PGA TOUR, a notion supported by a steady climb on the Web.com.

James Hahn • 31
2013 PGA TOUR rookie? Yes
Rank on Web.com Tour money list: 5
Official World Golf Ranking: 239    

2012 highlights:
One playoff win and a pair of runner-ups, including at the season-ending Web.com Tour Championship at TPC Craig Ranch. Ranked 11th in putting and 18th in birdie average.
PGA TOUR experience: In his only career start, he missed the cut at the 2012 U.S. Open.
2013 money list projection: 126-150
Rob's Riff: Takes a page out of Charlie Wi's book in that Hahn was also born in Seoul, South Korea and played collegiately at the University of California-Berkeley. The similarities end there, however, as Hahn owns the modern game of power and precision tee-to-green. He's aggressive but average statistically around greens (despite that epic up-and-down for birdie on the 72nd hole at TPC Craig Ranch in the season finale). He also missed 10 of 24 cuts, but that's average for him in three years on the Web.com. Given some of the more notable talent among the graduates, you can let him slide a bit on draft day.

Shawn Stefani • 31
2013 PGA TOUR rookie? Yes
Rank on Web.com Tour money list: 6
Official World Golf Ranking: 201    

2012 highlights:
Two victories in the last 10 events. Posted two other top 10s.Ranked 11th in distance off the tee, eighth in scoring and fourth in the all-around.
PGA TOUR experience: His only cut made in two starts occurred at this year's Shell Houston Open. He co-medaled in the open qualifier, and then finished T36 in the tournament proper.
2013 money list projection: 151+
Rob's Riff: "Stefani" as in Powers, not Gwen. He's benefited by an elevated start in the reshuffle, but the Texan came out of nowhere, which makes him a risk. Missed nine cuts, too. Reserve his value for a late pick in deep formats where starts carry value. Feel free to cut bait if he tumbles after the West Coast Swing.

Robert Streb • 25
2013 PGA TOUR rookie? Yes
Rank on Web.com Tour money list: 7
Official World Golf Ranking: 242    

2012 highlights:
Logged five of his seven top 10s in the last 10 events, including his only victory. Missed only five of 24 cuts.Ranked seventh in both birdie average and putting.
PGA TOUR experience: None
2013 money list projection: 126-150
Rob's Riff: Given he's not among the A-list rookies, he'll probably be a free agent at the conclusion of your draft, but if he can parlay his consistent finish into a similar start in 2013, he'll pave the way for a full schedule. If you bite, you're investing in cuts made, but his length off the tee and game on the greens offer reason for additional hope in the long-term.

Ben Kohles • 22
2013 PGA TOUR rookie? Yes
Rank on Web.com Tour money list: 8
Official World Golf Ranking: 248    

2012 highlights
: Burst on the scene with victories in his first two starts. Added a solo fifth among six cuts made in his last eight. Ranked fourth in both putting and scoring average.
PGA TOUR experience: In his only career start, tied for 70th at the Wyndham Championship in August.
2013 money list projection: 151+
Rob's Riff: Lowest-ranked among the five two-time winners and youngest of the graduates (by 24 days over Luke Guthrie). Found lightning in a bottle and rode it to a PGA TOUR card, but he didn't even start playing golf seriously until 2005. Anomalies in golf can pan out more often than in other sports, but his success came swiftly and he didn't sustain it.

Justin Bolli • 36
2013 PGA TOUR rookie? No
Rank on Web.com Tour money list: 9
Official World Golf Ranking: 272    

2012 highlights:
Four top 10s capped by a victory at the Tour Championship to finish the season and rise from 44th in earnings. Ranked second in putting and 11th in the all-around.
PGA TOUR experience: Graduated from the Web.com Tour three times previously and failed to crack the top 150 on the PGA TOUR money list in each of the seasons he was a member.
2013 money list projection: 126-150
Rob's Riff: I really liked him entering the 2010 season, but he didn't deliver. Reminds me of Matt Kuchar in that for a guy his size (6-foot-2, 200 lbs.), it's unusual that Bolli ranked outside the top 100 in distance off the tee, but he's never been a long hitter. He may be missing an X-factor, but recent winners of the Tour Championship have fared well on the PGA TOUR -- Matt Bettencourt (2008), Matt Every (2009), Brendan Steele (2010) and Ken Duke (2011). Veteran gamers may balk due to a perception of baggage, but that opens an opportunity late in your draft.

David Lingmerth • 25
2013 PGA TOUR rookie? Yes
Rank on Web.com Tour money list: 10
Official World Golf Ranking: 233    

2012 highlights:
Won once, lost once in a playoff and tacked on another three top 10s. Other than earnings, the only notable category in which he ranked inside the top 20 was final-round scoring average (13th).
PGA TOUR experience: None
2013 money list projection 151+
Rob's Riff: The Swede is the highest-ranked international here. Not surprising given his heritage, his strong suit is putting, and that means when the flat stick goes cold, the rest of his game struggles to compensate. To wit, he missed 12 of 26 cuts this year. Now, it's impressive that he wasn't deterred by a late charge in 2011 only to finish 27th in earnings, but he's average in distance off the tee, so some courses may overwhelm his driving and extend additional pressure elsewhere in his bag. Most relevantly, gamers can give him the West Coast Swing to see what sticks before hopping aboard.

Justin Hicks • 38
2013 PGA TOUR rookie? No
Rank on Web.com Tour money list: 11
Official World Golf Ranking: 270    

2012 highlights
: Highest-ranked among the non-winners in 2012, but he posted a tour-high 10 top 10s, including a solo fifth at the Tour Championship. Also led the circuit in greens in regulation at 75.27 percent.Ranked second in birdie average and fifth in scoring.
PGA TOUR experience: In his one season in 2011, went 7-for-23 with three top 25s and finished 179th on the money list. His claim to fame is that he shared the 18-hole lead at the 2008 U.S. Open (before Tiger Woods hobbled his way to a playoff victory at Torrey Pines).
2013 money list projection: 126-150
Rob's Riff: Made it clear early and often that he wanted back on the PGA TOUR. The odds are usually against guys his age, but you can't rule out the late-bloomer theory. It doesn't hurt that he's already visited a number of existing PGA TOUR stops to boot. Sensible flier for the long-term.

Paul Haley II • 24
2013 PGA TOUR rookie? Yes
Rank on Web.com Tour money list: 12
Official World Golf Ranking: 291    

2012 highlights:
One win and a pair of seconds. Zero top 15s in his last 12 starts.
PGA TOUR experience: In his only career start, he missed the cut at the HP Byron Nelson Championship in May.
2013 money list projection: 151+
Rob's Riff: He's experienced a rather unimpeded path to the big time. He won the ACC championship in his final year at Georgia Tech in 2011, turned pro, earned fully exempt status on the Web.com Tour via q-school and got the job done in one attempt. However, after the Fourth of July, he logged only eight sub-70 score in 34 rounds. That won't get it done on the PGA TOUR, much less the scorer-friendly Web.com. Also working against his projection is the fact that he's short off tee and hit fewer than two-thirds of his greens in regulation.

Cameron Percy • 38
2013 PGA TOUR rookie? No
Rank on Web.com Tour money list: 13
Official World Golf Ranking: 266    

2012 highlights:
Three times a groomsman, including one playoff loss. After his first cut made in Panama (T2), he ranked no lower than 19th in earnings. Finished third on tour in greens in regulation.
PGA TOUR experience: Fully exempt as a Web.com Tour grad in 2010. One of two victims of Jonathan Byrd's walk-off ace in the playoff at the JT Shriners. That paycheck accounts for over 41.5 percent of his career earnings on the PGA TOUR in 38 starts.
2013 money list projection: 126-150
Rob's Riff: The highest-ranked of three Australian graduates struggled in his first go-round on the PGA TOUR, but he's likely to snipe one or two top 10s now that he has some experience into which he can tap. However, I don't get excited about journeymen pushing 40 with no wins in a combined 148 PGA TOUR-sanctioned starts.

Andres Gonzales • 29
2013 PGA TOUR rookie? No
Rank on Web.com Tour money list: 14
Official World Golf Ranking: 354    

2012 highlights
: Started the year with a T2 in Colombia and picked up a win in April, but finished the season with zero top 35s in his last 10 starts.
PGA TOUR experience: As a rookie in 2011, he went 9-for-21 with a pair of top 25s and finished 192nd on the money list.
2013 money list projection: 151+
Rob's Riff: Half man, half amazing. Aside from the anticipation to see how the rookies fare, one could successfully argue that it'll be most entertaining to see if The Man with the Fu Manchu gets his long-desired match with Tiger Woods. (If you don't understand the previous two sentences, then you're not on Twitter.) I'd love to endorse Gonzales, if for no other reason than we share the same birthday (May 16), but finishing outside the top 25 in 18 starts on the Web.com Tour -- 14 of which were due to missed cuts -- doesn't bode well for a strong return trip to the big leagues. Furthermore, he ranked outside the top 100 in both total driving and greens in regulation in 2012.

Scott Gardiner • 36
2013 PGA TOUR rookie? Yes
Rank on Web.com Tour money list: 15
Official World Golf Ranking: 358    

2012 highlights:
Notched four top 10s before Independence Day, but he didn't solidify his card until a pair of co-runners-up in a three-event stretch later in the summer. Ranked seventh in total driving, 19th in greens hit, 16th in putting and second in the all-around.
PGA TOUR experience: None
2013 money list projection: 151+
Rob's Riff: The Aussie is the oldest of 15 rookies. He's been a mainstay on the Web.com Tour since 2005, accumulating 199 starts and only one victory (in 2010). Now, while I'm hedging down, I'm reminded of Jeff Klauk, who needed seven years on the Web.com Tour before making noise as a rookie on the PGA TOUR in 2009 at age 31. (Klauk made just one PGA TOUR start prior to his full-time debut.) Gardiner's skill set, experience traveling and age project for better, so he might be a late bloomer.

Lee Williams • 31
2013 PGA TOUR rookie? Yes
Rank on Web.com Tour money list: 16
Official World Golf Ranking: 369    

2012 highlights:
Logged all four of his top 10s, including a win, in a six-event stretch in June and July. Survived 19 cuts.Short-game wizard ranked 18th in putting, third in scrambling and 10th in sand saves.
PGA TOUR experience: Four starts, three of which in the U.S. Open. None since 2007.
2013 money list projection: 126-150
Rob's Riff: As a two-time Walker Cupper (2003, 2005), he's one of those guys we anticipated to enter our consciousness on this stage sooner. Instead, he traded seasons on the Web.com Tour with the mini-tours since turning pro in 2005. I'm always excited about the coming of age of the once-precocious, but we have to respect that he's fallen short of some expectations. His talent on and around greens punctuates and an accurate game off the tee. However, given he was outside the top 100 in distance, we can't rely on him contending on longer tracks against experienced bombers. It's a role not unfamiliar to rank-and-file veterans like Brian Gay, Heath Slocum and others that have carved a niche on tracks where their games are best suited.

Darron Stiles • 39
2013 PGA TOUR rookie? No
Rank on Web.com Tour money list: 17
Official World Golf Ranking: 279    

2012 highlights:
Last of five top 10s came in the form of a victory in late August. He then missed six consecutive cuts before closing the season with a T19 at the Web.com Tour Championship. Ranked fifth in accuracy off the tee and led the circuit in scrambling.
PGA TOUR experience: Graduated thrice previously from the Web.com Tour. Cracked the top 150 in earnings on the PGA TOUR once (2005).
2013 money list projection: 151+
Rob's Riff: He's the all-time money leader on the Web.com Tour and its oldest graduate this year. With only three top 10s in 117 career starts on the PGA TOUR, invest elsewhere.

Brad Fritsch • 35
2013 PGA TOUR rookie? Yes
Rank on Web.com Tour money list: 18
Official World Golf Ranking: 288    

2012 highlights:
Recorded four of his seven top 10s in his last eight starts. Ranked no higher than 16th (twice) in earnings at any point. Finished 12th in greens in regulation and 17th in the all-around.
PGA TOUR experience: Six starts, five of which came in the RBC Canadian Open, where he survived the cut once (2011).
2013 money list projection: 151+
Rob's Riff: The lone Canuck among the graduates ranked 29th on tour in distance off the tee but 90th in birdies or better on par 5s. It suggests that he's still wrangling consistency in managing his game tee-to-green. Meanwhile, he ranked 38th in birdie average, ninth in birdies or better on par 3s and 21st in birdies or better on par 4s, so there's some depth in the bag.

Morgan Hoffmann • 23
2013 PGA TOUR rookie? Yes
Rank on Web.com Tour money list: 19
Official World Golf Ranking: 250    

2012 highlights:
Started the year with no status, but tallied seven top 10s among 12 cuts made in 13 starts. Climbed 12 spots on the money list with a T3 at the Tour Championship; he didn't rank inside the top 30 at any point until the conclusion of the season. If he logged enough rounds to qualify, he'd have led the circuit in scoring average.
PGA TOUR experience: Three cuts made in six starts. Only appearance in 2012 resulted in a T29 at the U.S. Open.
2013 money list projection: 126-150
Rob's Riff: Remember, fellow commissioners, two n's to close out his surname. His pedigree precedes him -- former No. 1 amateur in the world; former Walker Cupper -- but unless he improves his number at q-school, let him come to you. He has all the makings of a can't-miss, but respect the learning curve. Similarly accredited youngsters like Cameron Tringale and Jamie Lovemark are recent reminders that we don't bite on stud rookies like in other fantasy sports.

Brian Stuard • 30
2013 PGA TOUR rookie? No
Rank on Web.com Tour money list: 20
Official World Golf Ranking: 429    

2012 highlights:
Made 19 cuts, but posted the last of four top 10s in mid-July. The ball-striker ranked ninth in scoring and fifth in the all-around.
PGA TOUR experience: In his only season (2010), went 13-for-28 with three top 25s, including a T2 at the Mayakoba Golf Classic. Finished 154th on the money list.
2013 money list projection: 151+
Rob's Riff: He was the 20th-ranked q-school graduate in his rookie season on the PGA TOUR, so he'll be starting 2013 in a similar spot in the pecking order. His co-runner-up at the Mayakoba laid the foundation for a full schedule, but he didn't capitalize. Two more years on the Web.com Tour had to have helped his progress, but there's little about which to get excited, and the Mayakoba won't return until the 2013-14 schedule.

Andrew Svoboda • 33
2013 PGA TOUR rookie? Yes
Rank on Web.com Tour money list: 21
Official World Golf Ranking: 449    

2012 highlights:
His finishing spot in earnings was the lowest he ranked all season. Opened with a co-runner-up in Colombia and added another second-place finish and a pair of T10s to keep the engine fueled, but he closed with zero top-20s in his last 14 starts. Ranked ninth in putting, fourth in birdie average and second in the bounce-back.
PGA TOUR experience: Four starts, three of which in the U.S. Open, two of those he gained entry as an alternate. None since 2010 (T78, Shell Houston Open).
2013 money list projection: 151+
Rob's Riff: Joins fellow St. John's University product, Keegan Bradley, on the PGA TOUR. It's taken Svoboda, a 2003 grad at SJU, some time to climb the mountain. As a rule, gamers don't invest in rookies this deep in the reshuffle that should be in their prime. As usual, adjust if necessary at the conclusion of the first phase of the reshuffle.

Nicholas Thompson • 30
2013 PGA TOUR rookie? No
Rank on Web.com Tour money list: 22
Official World Golf Ranking: 336    

2012 highlights:
Bit of an all-or-nothing season, with seven top 10s and another four top 25s among 15 cuts made in 26 starts. Ranked no higher than 17th in earnings at any point.Led the tour in total driving and ranked seventh in both greens in regulation and birdies or better on par 5s.
PGA TOUR experience: Four times a member previously. Cracked the top 125 twice in earnings, including 41st in 2008. He and sister, Lexi, turned down sponsor exemptions into the Puerto Rico Open in 2012.
2013 money list projection: 126-150
Rob's Riff: Nitro! For veteran gamers, it's a little hard to believe that he's only 30, but that same fact is encouraging given he's made 45 more starts on the PGA TOUR than the Web.com Tour, from which he's graduated for a second time in three tries. His putting has always been his downfall, but he plays just about every event for which he's eligible, so count on a handful of hot weeks with the flat stick. Patience is required, but he might lead the PGA TOUR in starts, which is an asset deep in rosters.

Alistair Presnell • 33
2013 PGA TOUR rookie? No
Rank on Web.com Tour money list: 23
Official World Golf Ranking: 355    

2012 highlights:
Lowest-ranked rookie graduate. Sat 13th in earnings following a T3 in early April, but fell all the way to 55th after a midseason drought. Consecutive top-threes late would boost him inside the number. Ranked outside the top 25 in all relevant stats.Finished 86th in the all-around.
PGA TOUR experience: He's 2-for-2 with a T6 at the 2010 World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship and a T29 at this year's U.S. Open. Also competed in the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in both 2010 and 2011.
2013 money list projection: 126-150
Rob's Riff: If he doesn't improve his number at q-school, everything hinges on a hot start given he missed 14 of 26 cuts in 2012. For all intents and purposes, he barely earned his card, finishing less than $10,000 clear of No. 26 on the money list. Might be best known for winning the second tournament of the Web.com schedule in 2009 to earn a spot atop the money list, only to fall outside the top 25 for the first time that season at the season finale.

Doug LaBelle II • 37
2013 PGA TOUR rookie? No
Rank on Web.com Tour money list: 24
Official World Golf Ranking: 402    

2012 highlights:
Only top 10 was a victory in mid-July after which he hit a high-water mark of 14th on the money list. Fell to 26th twice late before climbing back inside the bubble with a T13 at the Web.com Tour Championship. Ranked sixth in fairways hit.
PGA TOUR experience: As a Web.com Tour grad in his rookie season on the PGA TOUR in 2007, finished 138th in earnings. Played 2008 on conditional status and finished 175th on the money list.
2013 money list projection: 151+
Rob's Riff: Prototypical Quadruple -- A talent now past his prime, but it's arguable that perhaps no one carries a better perspective about the dynamics of how he shapes up against his peers, and that makes him easy to support as a fan. Fantasy gamers embrace the no-nonsense approach as well, but he's buried in the reshuffle. In addition, he won't overpower any tracks, which limits his usage to cozier courses.

Jim Herman • 35
2013 PGA TOUR rookie? No
Rank on Web.com Tour money list: 25
Official World Golf Ranking: 396    

2012 highlights
: Snipped Camilo Benedetti by $940 for the last spot inside the bubble. Herman first cracked the top 25 with a tie for second in late June. It was one of three top 10s and 10 top 25s. Ranked fourth in total driving and 23rd in greens in regulation.
PGA TOUR experience: Rookie in 2011 via the Web.com Tour. Made 13 cuts in 22 starts, a scheduled restricted by failing to crack the top 30 in the reshuffle all season. Finished 189th in earnings. Went 1-for-2 in 2012, including a T14 at the Shell Houston Open where he survived a 5-for-1 playoff at the open qualifier.
2013 money list projection: 151+
Rob's Riff: Packs a punch in his six-foot, 170-pound frame, but he's always struggled with putting. There are very few that would receive a better projection, but his spot on the starting line demands that we lay off. If he improves his number at q-school, pencil him in as a late buy.

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