December 9 2012
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 .
2013 PREVIEW: Ryan Palmer will be in the final season of the two-year exemption he earned by winning the 2010 Sony Open in Hawaii. Not that he figures to be too worried after finishing 58th or better on the money list each of the last three years.
2012 DEFINING MOMENT: The affable Texas A&M grad had a torrid five-tournament stretch in May when he posted four top-10s. The last was particularly hard-fought as Palmer rallied from a first-round 74 with three rounds in the 60s, including a closing 66 that left him owning the clubhouse lead before Dustin Johnson went on to win the FedEx St. Jude Classic. –- Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
ALBERS’ QUICK TAKE: Palmer told me at the Sony Open, he had spent the off-season working on his wedge game. He hits the ball a long way and is a very good putter but still wants to become better at approaches between 100-125 yards where he ranked 158th on TOUR. He hits a very consistent, very tight draw. -- Fred Albers, SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio
BOLTON’S FANTASY OUTLOOK: Even though he endured his second straight hit in earnings, I'm not worried. He still finished 58th on the money list with $1.5 million. He still mashes it off the tee and putts lights out. And he recorded a career-high 10 top 25s. These numbers reflect his baseline. We're talking about a three-time winner still just inside his prime at 36 years of age. -- Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy expert
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2012 QUICK REVIEW
|Regular Season ranking
|Final Playoffs ranking
|Best finishes||T3||FedEx St. Jude Classic|
|By the Numbers
Cuts made: 16
Rounds played: 81
Top-10 finishes: 4
Money List rank: 58th
Driving distance: 15th
Driving accuracy: 144th
Greens in regulation: 94th
Strokes gained-putting: 23rd
Scoring average: 35th
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