All the rage this week -- or at least the majority of it -- is
fueled by Nicolas Colsaerts' appearance at the Frys.com Open. After
accepting Special Temporary Membership, he's in the field at
CordeValle Golf Club on a sponsor exemption. His goal is to earn a
2013 PGA TOUR card via the top 125 in non-member earnings. To date,
he's banked $652,886, which would currently place him 120th.
Despite a rock-solid year worldwide and victorious Ryder Cup
experience, he didn't crack my original Power Rankings.
Any particular reason why Nicolas Colsaerts doesn't make
your list this week? Regards, Colin
I guess you didn't think Colsaerts would be competitive
this week. -- Buck
I added the Belgian to the feature
after Tim Clark withdrew, which occurred after Colin and Buck
emailed. Colsaerts was one of my last cuts for a number of reasons,
but it doesn't mean that you should fade him.
- He's a first-timer at CordeValle. So be it; he's not
- There's a learning curve for most internationals as it
relates to competing in non-majors and non-World Golf
Championships in the United States. However, in two starts in
events that don't fit that criteria, he tied for 25th at the
Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance and shared
seventh place at the Wyndham Championship. Not too shabby.
- With those two factual arguments
aside, there are two more relevant dynamics in play.
- Colsaerts leads the European Tour in distance off the tee,
but CordeValle is not a bomber's paradise. And he's very average
with his putter, although we can't ignore how he lit up Medinah
for an eagle and eight birdies in a four-ball victory on the
first day. He'd go on to lose his next three matches, so perhaps
the term "inconsistent" is more appropriate, and that doesn't
take into account any assumptions about how the emotions of that
event played a role in his execution.
- Arguably most important is that he knows he needs to get the
job done this week as there is no guarantee that he'll make
another start in the Fall Series. If we could eliminate the first
two concerns above, then I'm more confident in my
- Meanwhile, I will continue to share
my one-and-done and duffer picks in this space through the Fall
Series. Here are my picks for the Frys.com Open:
ONE-AND-DONE: Jonas Blixt ...
2012 earnings: $6,814,440.50
DUFFER: Hank Kuehne ...
2012 earnings: $612,595.50