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December 8 2012

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No. 75: Tom Gillis

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2013 PREVIEW: Tom Gillis made a big improvement in the TOUR's strokes-gained putting statistic, moving from 160th to 54th -- which fueled the improvement in his scoring average from 127th to 86th. He wasn't as solid with his iron play, though, dropping from 68th to 129th, which will likely be an area of emphasis next season.

2012 DEFINING MOMENT: Gillis posted his career-best finish on TOUR when he birdied the 72nd hole at The Honda Classic to finish in a tie for second. The company was heady -- Rory McIlroy won by two and Tiger Woods shared second with Gillis. –- Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

ALBERS’ QUICK TAKE: Tom must be very mentally tough. He left the West Coast having made one cut and $21,000. Gillis then started the Florida Swing with a T-2nd at Honda and ripped off a string of eight made cuts in a row. That second-place finish at Honda was special as he shot 69-69 during high winds on the weekend. -- Fred Albers, SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio

BOLTON’S FANTASY OUTLOOK: Since rejoining the PGA TOUR in 2010, he's established a bit of a reputation as a guy that re-emerges just about when you expect him to disappear. Injuries have prevented long-term flourishes, but it's not like he isn't producing enough to warrant inclusion somewhere in the back half of rosters. He turned 44 in July, so time is not an ally, but he'll be able to convert on tracks where splitting fairways has value and scores are low. -- Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy expert

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2012 QUICK REVIEW

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Regular Season ranking
92nd

Final Playoffs ranking
40th

Best finish T-2nd The Honda Classic
By the Numbers
Starts: 23
Cuts made: 16
Rounds played: 75
Top-10 finishes: 3
Money List rank: 72nd
TOUR ranking
Driving distance: 103rd
Driving accuracy: 23rd
Greens in regulation: 129th
Strokes gained-putting: 54th
Scoring average: 86th

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