December 31 2012
Bud Cauley's six top-10 finishes in 2012 did not go unnoticed. (Greenwood/Getty Images)
With the 2013 PGA TOUR season about to begin, the crew at PGATOUR.COM will debate some of the year’s big questions. Monday’s question: Which player will break through with his first career TOUR win?
• It amazes me that Seung-Yul Noh flew under the radar last year. This kid missed only four cuts -- as a rookie. Great putter and driver = deadly combination. -- Ryan Smithson, Producer
• The key to winning is giving yourself enough opportunities and Bud Cauley posted six Top-10 finishes in 2012. The law of averages dictates a victory in 2013. -- Fred Albers, PGA TOUR Insider
• Seung-Yul Noh. Thirteen top 25s, including three top 10s, in nearly half his starts as a rookie was remarkable. More impressive: No real holes in Noh's game. He hits it far, finds a lot of greens, is a good putter and ranked eighth in birdies in 2012. He's too good not to win. -- Brian Wacker, Producer
• Seung-yul Noh: The 21-year-old from South Korea collected 13 top 25s in 28 events, finished 25th in the all-around ranking and 37th in the FedExCup standings during his 2012 rookie campaign. Has already won on the European Tour and it’s just a matter of time before he wins here. -- Bill Cooney, Producer
• Harris English. Although he had just three top-10 finishes in his rookie season, he finished between 11th and 19th on six other occasions. Gotta like a guy who keeps giving himself chances on the weekend. -- Mike McAllister, Managing Editor
• Matt Every showed what he can do over a full season in 2012: two-time co-runner-up, a T3 and three other top 10s. Led the TOUR in birdies or better on par 4s, too. -- Rob Bolton, Fantasy Expert
• Bud Cauley proved he could handle pressure when he earned his TOUR card in just eight starts straight out of college. He made it to the BMW Championship in his first FedExCup season, collecting six top 10s along the way. It's only a matter of time until he breaks into the winner's circle. -- Anne Szeker, Producer
• Three worthy candidates -- Bud Cauley, Matt Every and Jimmy Walker -- each had six top-10s last year. But I'm going with the veteran in Walker who had three of those in his last six starts of 2012 and has made steady progress over the last three years. -- Helen Ross, Chief of Correspondents
• No one made more birdies in 2012 than Brendon de Jonge, and at the end of the season he racked up three top 5s including a runner-up in Las Vegas. Sooner or later he's going to blitz the field at a go-low event. Humana Challenge, perhaps. -- John Schwarb, Producer
Coming Tuesday: Which veteran who went winless in 2012 will bounce back with a win in 2013? Join the discussion in the TOUR Report.