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The Tour Report

December 6 2012

9:50 AM

No. 96: Casey Wittenberg

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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: Casey Wittenberg will certainly be better prepared for the PGA TOUR than in 2009, when he finished a distant 159th on the PGA TOUR money list. As No. 1 on the Tour money list, he'll be fully exempt this year and already is assured of a spot in THE PLAYERS Championship, so his quest is to take advantage of those opportunities.

2012 DEFINING MOMENTS: Another highly touted collegian, Wittenberg's first Tour victory came in his 85th start. He made sure it was memorable -- riding a third-round 63 to a four-stroke lead and eventually winning by a record-setting eight. Three months later, a week before winning his second Tour event, the Oklahoma State product tied for 10th at the U.S. Open, which has to be a confidence builder for 2013. – Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

ALBERS’ QUICK TAKE: Does Casey belong on the PGA TOUR? Let's see, he won twice on the Web.Com Tour and posted eight Top 10 finishes. I think that qualifies as ready. Casey turned professional in 2004 and his game has matured. He was the best player on the Tour and should now have a productive career in the big leagues. – Fred Albers, SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio

BOLTON’S FANTASY OUTLOOK: ... As I alluded to in my 2013 fantasy projections for Tour grads, he's a horse for courses, so plan accordingly. His added value is that he's exempt from the reshuffle and already in the field at THE PLAYERS. -- Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy expert


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Final money list ranking

Best finish 1st 1st Chitimacha Louisiana Open Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open
By the NumbersStarts: 24 Cuts made: 17 Rounds played: 82 Top-10 finishes: 8 Tour rankingDriving distance: 97th Driving accuracy: 28th Greens in regulation: 7th Putting average: 22nd Scoring average: 2nd

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