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The Tour Report

December 17 2012

4:59 PM

No. 19 Sergio Garcia

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: Sergio Garcia's enthusiasm for the game returned in a big way last year as he won the Wyndham Championship -- breaking a victory drought of more than four years -- and nearly captured The Barclays the following week. Seeing him contend again in majors next year would be a boost not only for the Spaniard but for the game.

2012 DEFINING MOMENT: Three years after owning a share of the lead entering the final round of the Wyndham Championship only to miss the playoff, Garia converted his one-stroke advantage at Sedgefield into his eighth PGA TOUR win. Garcia closed with a 66 to beat Tim clark by two strokes -- and lock up his spot on the European Ryder Cup team in the process. The win moved Garcia from 102nd to 33rd in the FedExCup and he went on to finish 17th. –- Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

ALBERS’ QUICK TAKE: Garcia is my Comeback Player of the Year. I never thought his putting could improve so dramatically. I have a theory that good putters are happy people and Sergio seems to be smiling more both on and off the course. Improving from 144th to 26th in strokes gained-putting will put a smile on anyone's face. -- Fred Albers, SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio

BOLTON’S FANTASY OUTLOOK: In a vacuum, he's barely a cornerstone before you fill out your roster with starts, cuts made and Americans. But he's Sergio. His cachet precedes him. You must remain patient. Consider that he barely reaches the membership minimum in starts and has posted just 10 top-10s over the last four years. He's unbuyable at $2.51 million in salary leagues, too. The lesson is clear. If you're going to invest, you must surround him with guys that are going to increase your number of starts as a team. If you've loaded up early in your draft, then consider taking a nibble. Just stick to the plan. -- Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy expert


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Regular Season ranking 33rd

Final Playoffs ranking

Best finishes 1st Wyndham Championship
By the Numbers Starts: 16
Cuts made: 14
Rounds played: 56
Top-10 finishes: 3
Money List rank: 29th
TOUR ranking Driving distance: 64th
Driving accuracy: 98th
Greens in regulation: 99th
Strokes gained-putting: 26th
Scoring average: 17th

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