FedExCup: Five rookies to watch in 2013EVANSVILLE, IN - JULY 01: Morgan Hoffmann watches his tee shot on the seventh hole during the final round of the Web.com Tour United Leasing Championship at the Victoria National Golf Club on July 1, 2012 in Evansville, Indiana. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)January 03, 2013
A new season is upon us bringing a slew of new faces to the PGA TOUR.
The 2013 rookie class will have to wait another week to make its PGA TOUR debut but that doesn't stop us from speculating about how they will fare once they get their first taste of action as PGA TOUR members.
Here's a look at five rookies who could have a significant impact on the 2013 FedExCup race:
Rank Player Comment Morgan HOFFMANN After going 3-for-3 in cuts made as an amateur in 2009-10, Hoffmann turned pro and made 12 of 13 cuts on the Web.com Tour in 2013. He got stronger as the year progressed, notching five top 10s in his last six outings and seven overall. Luke GUTHRIE Another first-year Web.com Tour member in 2012, Guthrie won twice and posted seven top-10 finishes in just 10 starts. Guthrie led the Tour in putting average and good putting can make a player compete anywhere. Russell HENLEY Henley finished stronger than anyone on the Web.com Tour in 2012. Henley won the Chiquita Classic in a playoff before winning the Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open at TPC Sawgrass. He added a solo 3rd and a T6 to make for an incredible final four starts. Dong-hwan LEE Lee finished with a 25-under mark at q-school, earning medalist honors. He's 0-for-3 against the cutline in his previous TOUR starts but should benefit from a prime position in the reshuffle and an opportunity golf in the U.S. full time. Patrick REED Fairly experienced for a rookie after making a dozen starts in 2012 and finishing inside the top 25 four times. He played his last nine holes in bogey-free 2 under to make the cut on the number at q-school.