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December 9 2012

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No. 63: Ben Curtis

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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: Ben Curtis will have the luxury of being fully exempt through the end of the 2014 season after his win at the Valero Texas Open last year. If he continues the progress shown in 2012 -- moving from 87th to 13th in GIR and 57th to 14th in strokes-gained putting -- that fourth PGA TOUR victory won't be his last.

2012 DEFINING MOMENT: Curtis took the lead with his second-straight 67 and never relinquished it as he won the Valero Texas Open in his first visit to San Antonio. In two of his next three starts, the unassuming man from Ohio posted his other two top-10s in tying for fifth at the Wells Fargo Championship and second at THE PLAYERS. –- Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

ALBERS’ QUICK TAKE: I walked down the 18th fairway with Curtis during a Wednesday practice round before THE PLAYERS Championship and he seemed out of gas before the tournament even began, yet he still finished tied for second. Curtis had a magical month where he won the Valero then played three more weeks in a row where he finished T13, T5 and second at THE PLAYERS. Ben rode that stretch to a 41st-place finish in the FedExCup standings. -- Fred Albers, SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio

BOLTON’S FANTASY OUTLOOK: What a funky year. He started 2012 deep in the conditional status category, which ultimately restricted him to 19 starts, a handful below his usual. Then ended a five-year winless drought at the Valero Texas Open, his first of four consecutive top 15s (the last two of which were top fives), before failing to crack another top 10 the rest of the way. In four of his 10 years on the PGA TOUR, he's hit seven figures, none of which consecutively, yet three resulted in earnings north of $2.2 million. It's this unpredictable success rate that makes him borderline unownable, but definitely not in salary games. -- Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy expert



2012 QUICK REVIEW

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Regular Season ranking
29th
Final Playoffs ranking
41st
Best finishes 1st Valero Texas Open
By the Numbers
Starts: 19
Cuts made: 12
Rounds played: 62
Top-10 finishes: 3
Money List rank: 30th
TOUR ranking
Driving distance: 186th
Driving accuracy: 7th
Greens in regulation: 13th
Strokes gained-putting: 14th
Scoring average: 55th



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