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December 10 2012

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No. 58: Ryo Ishikawa

To preview the 2013 PGA TOUR season, PGATOUR.COM is counting down the Top 100 Players to Watch in 2013. For an archive page with the top 100 players and for an explanation on how the list was compiled, click here .

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2013 PREVIEW: Ryo Ishikawa won his 12th tournament in Japan earlier this year, but the prodigious 21-year-old is taking the long-awaited next step after earning his TOUR card as a special temporary member. He played a career-high 18 events on TOUR last year, though, so the transition should be seamless.

2012 DEFINING MOMENT: Ishikawa started the final round of the Puerto Rico Open presented by seepuertorico.com trailing George McNeill by three strokes. He closed with a 68 that included birdies on three of his last four holes to finish as runner-up and qualify for special temporary membership. – Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

ALBERS’ QUICK TAKE: The Japanese rock star. When you walk with Ryo during a round of golf, you have an abundance of Japanese media who document his every move on and off the course. I've often thought that must be a tough way to live your life, but Ryo seems to handle it graciously. -- Fred Albers, SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio

BOLTON’S FANTASY OUTLOOK: The 2013 PGA TOUR rookie is merely taking his next step on the path set by his elevated expectations, but that he remains on that path is critical. At $871K, he's a no-brainer for salary gamers, but others should be concerned about two facts. First, he's still only 21 in a foreign land. Second, he's averaged just over three top 25s every 20 starts in PGA TOUR events; overall, he's logged seven in 44, including just four in 18 in 2012. His sublime touch around greens is neutralized -- if not eliminated -- by his tee-to-green game. -- Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy expert


2012 QUICK REVIEW

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Regular Season ranking
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Final Playoffs ranking
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Best finishes 2
Puerto Rico Open
By the Numbers
Starts: 18
Cuts made: 10
Rounds played: 52
Top-10 finishes: 2
Money List rank: N/A
TOUR ranking
Driving distance: 92nd
Driving accuracy: 179th
Greens in regulation: 185th
Strokes gained-putting: 71st
Scoring average: 165th

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