||He’s what the fulfillment of potential during one’s prime looks like, so embrace the reality and resist the urge to raise the expectations even higher. Don’t be that gamer.
||The key is that he end-loaded his season with two wins and the FedExCup title, so there’s momentum. Bonus: No. 1 in the OWGR is back within reach.
||The trust equity he built regarding a sore back at the Match Play was exhausted in the Playoffs, but he’s not going to disappoint full-season investors. Harvests so much out of a relatively light schedule.
||Amid concern over his travel, finally pulled the reins on his schedule in making a career-low 21 starts and still produced. Grinded more but remains one of the best putters and scorers.
||Fantasy gold. Exemplified how to peak when it matters most in 2015-16 and for the Ryder Cup. So, now it’s time to inject that approach for the majors in which he’s still chasing his first top 10.
||Once emotion from one of his patented WDs subsides, even weekly gamers understand value in his body of work. It’s the one-and-doner who holds his/her breath. Connects four rounds as well as anyone.
||With a top 10 in every third start over his first two seasons, he’s meeting the most glowing of expectations, and he’s only getting started. Build around him for he can handle it.
||Career-high-tying 20 starts and career bests in cuts made (20) and earnings, thus eliminating doubts due to anchoring ban. However, because of limited schedule, surround with busier commodities.
||Strong second half reeled in quintessential season. Even touched 26 starts to match an eight-year high. Can’t overemphasize that he doesn’t need length off the tee to succeed.
||So much to love as he enters his third season. Fearless and devours par 5s, but he’s shown maturity beyond his years on a myriad to tracks. Future first-round stalwart is nearly already there.
||Struggled with timing of the Olympics arguably more than anyone, but still qualified for the Ryder Cup and contributed to victory. Now poised to free-wheel it in 2016-17. Late first-round value.
||In his own league deep into his 40s, but 2015-16 was a spike despite the absence of a victory. Perhaps more important than anything is that he’s overcome long-term doubt regarding his health.
||Coming off nearly identical seasons during which he’s battled injury. Stays busy, so it can seem like he slumps, but it’s an illusion. Finds a balance to take some of the pressure off his reliable putting.
||Coming off his first winless season since 2009, which means he’s an automatic buy for salary gamers. Production reduction was in part due to a herniated disc. He’s resting his back for two months this fall.
||Hard to believe that he didn’t begin winning until only three years ago. Capable complement to any first-rounder. Always gets off to a good start and plays more often than equivalent peers.
||Fourth cornerstone value as usual. If only he could bottle Ryder Cup mojo in a major, but he still tops the short list in whom we trust to maximize on the most limited of schedules among members.
||Essentially coasted to the finish line and only 19 starts overall. There are more reasons to be concerned than usual, but accept 2013-15 stretch as his spike. Solid in WGCs for weekly gamers.
||Accomplished a lot in only 14 starts, but fell short of season-long objectives. That’s fine, though, because it means he comes cheap now. Usually doesn’t start his season until Pebble Beach, so remain patient.
||Dynamic talent who already seems slump-proof. Worldly experience established smooth transition to the PGA TOUR. Top 20s in three of four 2016 majors. Potential first-round value written all over him.
||Salary gamers were holding their breath for a quiet conclusion to 2015-16, and they got it despite terrific putting that normally aligns with contending. That he still went 21-for-24 with five top 10s quells concern.
||Ended the season not dissimilar to how he wrapped 2015, with worry over his right knee on which he had surgery last December. Age isn’t a friend in the recovery process, but showing no letup otherwise.
||Finally picked off his first career top 10 in a major last summer (T9, Royal Troon), but that was a minor bonus to the above-average consistency he furnishes. Didn’t slap an asterisk on his price tag, but he’s on sale.
||Because of the boon, he’ll probably slide, so let him. Then grab him confidently. Can’t expect another two-win season, but he’s so balanced and busy that he can book another 11 top 25s among 20-plus paydays.
||Rapidly checking off boxes and even garnered short-list conversation to be a Ryder Cup captain’s pick despite shoulder soreness. Averaging a top 10 every 4.83 starts. Love the bloodlines, too.
||TOUR’s longest hitter statistically also ranked seventh in birdie-or-better percentage. In his prime and not done winning. While not necessarily cheap, among the most confident to sustain his salary.
||Hangs up numbers like a late first-rounder, but he’s still stuck on one PGA TOUR title. However, his dedication to one tour and streamlined life has paid dividends. Averaging 23 starts the last two seasons is a bonus.
||Essentially the same investment for the last two years except that he went with the less-is-more approach, plummeting to just 20 starts. Still crazy streaky, but not yet eligible for any major or WGC.
||Special. Ever since the former world’s top-ranked amateur made his presence known at TPC Scottsdale in 2015 with a T5, he’s been on everyone’s radar. Fully exempt via the non-member top 125.
||Poster boy for maxing out in his prime. Obviously not piling up hardware, but he’s always the guy you hope falls to you. Stays busy, contends a lot and entirely comfortable in his own skin.
||So consistent in the long-term and busy enough to maintain his trajectory. In his prime, periodically contending and has learned how to harness his power, he’s ripe for a mammoth season soon.
||Sustained early-season work and authored essentially a carbon copy of 2014-15, albeit with his first win. Tilted the balance back on his outstanding putting, too, but his confidence hasn’t wavered.
||Dismissed aging concern with a 25-for-28 season and return to the TOUR Championship. We’d love if he stays this busy, especially on weekends, but hedge down a click.
||Si Woo Kim
||Phenomenal, breakthrough season included a win, a P2, another two top 10s and yet another 11 top 25s! Co-led the TOUR with 34 starts. Now slated to compete in all of the biggest events.
||Coming off a career year and in his prime. Nine top 10s in 23 starts is his potential, but there’s new curiosity for the impact of his Ryder Cup appearance, performance and competition-clinching point.
||It took longer than expected to eliminate doubt over broken hand of 2015, but compiled right around what’s expected without a victory. Equaled career high with 28 starts. Now entering his prime.
||A favorite when healthy, but still won’t commit to a little more than the membership minimum. Your lesson is simple: align with his objectives, not with the massive fantasy potential.
||Exempt via the non-member top 125 conduit. Comfortably inside the top 50 of the OWGR, so he’ll get another crack at all of the biggies. His overall commitment figures to be strong, too. Exciting, young star.
||Recovered from a slow start to submit a typical season, albeit with only one top 10, but that was a win (Valero). Plays too often to nosedive in the long-term. Power on the tee box is insurance.
||Scattering a quartet of runner-up finishes in 2015-16 portends a breakthrough sooner than later. (See Kevin Kisner in 2014-15.) Most impressive was P2 at East Lake, which usually demands strong putting.
||Despite a fine debut with a TOUR card, he’s arguably best utilized as a hired gun in weekly games. Top-five finishes in each of the last two U.S. Opens and PGA Championships. Also handy in the WGCs.
||Back at the superior level of play that got us giddy before arm surgery. Cashed a career-high 20 times in 2015-16 en route to career-high earnings for a single season. You’re never disappointed when you’re on board.
||He’s survived nearly 80 percent of his cuts during his career and has cashed at least 20 times per season, but averages just two top 25s in every five starts. At his age, you need to continue to invest in the potential.
||The sabbatical forced by a stomach illness paid dividends with a win at Copperhead, but you can’t expect to prevail in a league with him out front. It’s like this with most South Africans who play minimally.
||Delivered on what was truly his first healthy season of several chances to thrive on the PGA TOUR, thus finally dismissing the narrative of leaving USC too early. Total package.
||Solid, busy contributor and exceptional putter; 64-for-84 with 27 top 25s in last three seasons. Among best without a PGA TOUR title. Already exempt into Masters, U.S. Open and PGA Championship.
||Not a sleeper, but a sleeping bear. In the subset of potential breakout stars in whom you just throw all caution to the wind because his baseline wouldn’t be disappointing in the macro.
||Rafa Cabrera Bello
||Flourished as a non-member en route to fully exempt status. Terrific schedule management gave his confidence room to breathe. Potentially dynamic contributor and hired-gun type. Bullish.
||Predictably quiet, baseline of a season should get salary gamers back on board, but his contract season isn’t until 2017-18. Fourth child born in May; his oldest is only five years of age.
||Looks great on paper often, but his greatest value is long-term consistency. Only drawback is that he sits half the season out. So, just let him come to you and embrace the predictable.
||Every savvy gamer has owned him at some point in the last four years. Fourteen top-15 finishes in the last two seasons combined. Automatic for weekly gamers at the Valero and Barracuda.