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January 3 2013

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2013 Preview: Best of the FEC top 5?

 

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Of the five players at the top of the 2012 FedExCup standings (Brandt Snedeker, Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Nick Watney, Phil Mickelson), who will have the most productive season in 2013?

I'll take a little different path and look at Watney. In 2011 he finished in the top 10 in nearly half his starts, with two wins. Last year wasn't quite as fruitful but his game appeared recharged at the end with his FedExCup Playoffs run and win at The Barclays, putting himself in position for another year where he's around the top nearly every week. -- John Schwarb, Site Producer

The easy way out would be to pick McIlroy or Woods like most of my colleagues, and I certainly wouldn't bet against either. But for argument's sake, let's make a case for Snedeker, who closed the season with three top-10s in the FedExCup Playoffs, including a win at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. Confidence, as well as that silky smooth putting stroke, will go a long way for Sneds. -- Helen Ross, Chief of Correspondents

Woods. He showed major improvements last year with his three TOUR wins, but you know he still has major wins on his mind. I wouldn't be surprised to see him on top of the standings again, and this time winning the FedExCup trophy. -- Anne Szeker, Site Producer

McIlroy. He’s the best player in the game and capable of even more. Think about it: Despite winning 2012 PGA TOUR Player of the Year, McIlroy ranked 156th in driving accuracy, 60th in greens in regulation and 82nd in strokes gained-putting. He can certainly improve. Now that’s a scary thought.
-- Bill Cooney, Site Producer

Tiger. He'll be more productive on the weekend in majors this year. -- Mike McAllister, Managing Editor

Production can be defined in different ways, but McIlroy led PGA TOUR members in both average earnings per event and percentage of available purse won. As he continues to fire on all cylinders, only an injury would seem to prevent a repeat performance even in relatively limited action.
-- Rob Bolton, Fantasy Columnist

If productive means best then it will be McIlroy. He's the best player in the game right now and is starting to create some separation from everyone else. I think Tiger plays well, just not as well as McIlroy.
-- Brian Wacker, Site Producer

I am worried McIlroy's equipment change will take time, and I am not giving up on Woods returning to five-win form. -- Ryan Smithson, Site Producer

Productive is a subjective term but with the five players listed, productive can only be defined in major championships. This group of five doesn't care about scoring average or cuts made or the money list. Productive, for them,  means a major and Woods will win a major championship this year.
-- Fred Albers, PGA TOUR Radio

Coming Friday: What player will be the biggest surprise in 2013?

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