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December 15 2012

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No. 30 Bud Cauley

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2013 PREVIEW: With a year that included six top-10 finishes under his belt, 22-year-old Bud Cauley seems poised for success in 2013. The former Alabama All-American was remarkably consistent, finishing 25th or better in nearly half of the events where he made the cut, and came within eight spots of advancing to the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola in his first full season on TOUR.

2012 DEFINING MOMENT: Cauley started the final round of the Wyndham Championship one shot off the pace being set by Sergio Garcia, then ended up in sole possession of third. It was his third finish of fourth or better in his last three starts, and matched his career best finish at the 2011 Frys.com Open. –- Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

ALBERS’ QUICK TAKE: I guess I was a little disappointed in Bud's season but that's more a reflection of my high expectations than in Cauley's performance. He had six Top 10 finishes and was 35th in the FedEx Cup Regular Season. I thought he would win in 2012 and am predicting a victory for him in 2013. -- Fred Albers, SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio

BOLTON’S FANTASY OUTLOOK: On his way. Arguably best among the rookies that didn't win in 2012. Went 21-for-28 with six top 10s and $1.774 million. Found a zone late, posting top fives in three of four starts to end the regular season. Amassed 28 starts, a total gamers would love to see him repeat but can't expect. Showcased a wonderful touch around greens -- ranked eighth in scrambling and sixth in sand saves -- a skill set that should prevent a sophomore slump. -- Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy expert

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2012 QUICK REVIEW

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Regular Season ranking 35th

Final Playoffs ranking
38th

Best finishes 3rd Wyndham Championship
By the Numbers
Starts: 28
Cuts made: 21
Rounds played: 99
Top-10 finishes: 6
Money List rank: 44th
TOUR ranking
Driving distance: 74th
Driving accuracy: 112th
Greens in regulation: 51st
Strokes gained-putting: 84th
Scoring average: 51st

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