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December 10 2012

10:05 AM

No. 52: Rory Sabbatini

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2013 PREVIEW: It's hard to imagine a $1 million-plus season being a disappointment but Rory Sabbatini can't have been happy with the second half of the year as he missed the cut in seven of his last 10 starts. Don't look for that trend to continue in the new year, though -- the South African is too much of a competitor.

2012 DEFINING MOMENT: Sabbatini held a one-stroke lead at the midway point of the Memorial Tournament but ended up shooting 1 under on the weekend and tying for second, two strokes behind Tiger Woods. And don't forget the 18-karat golf Rolex he won for his first ace on TOUR, courtesy of an 8-iron on the 16th hole during the final round of the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands. – Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

ALBERS’ QUICK TAKE: Everyone knows Rory has a temper. There are times that I cringe while watching him play. However, I’m not sure people know how generous Rory is off the course. He is very supportive of the military and very generous with charity donations. Rory is a good guy who uses anger as a motivation during a round. -- Fred Albers, SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio

BOLTON’S FANTASY OUTLOOK: Too much of a wild card for short-term formats. Stick with full-season games where his busy schedule enhances his value. He missed 16 cuts and withdrew once in 29 starts in 2012, but he was also retooling his swing with Rick Smith. Sabbatini is only 36, so you expect the modifications to click on a consistent basis, but he offered little to suggest that he was close late in the year, surviving just one of his last nine cuts. Meanwhile, one gamer's concern is another's treasure. Salary formats should try to squeeze him in at just $1.128 million, especially since he's not yet exempt for 2013-14 (i.e. he's entering a contract year). -- Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy expert


2012 QUICK REVIEW

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Regular Season ranking
73rd

Final Playoffs ranking
97th

Best finishes T2
The Memorial Tournament
By the Numbers
Starts: 29
Cuts made: 13
Rounds played: 84
Top-10 finishes: 2
Money List rank: 90th
TOUR ranking
Driving distance: 119th
Driving accuracy: 103rd
Greens in regulation: 159th
Strokes gained-putting: 169th
Scoring average: 128th

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