December 31, 2012
With the 2013 PGA Tour season less than a week away, there has finally been a changing of the guard in golf. Rory McIlory has had the number 1 ranking for the last 21 weeks. Tiger Woods has dropped down to No. 3 in the world after Luke Donald’s win in Japan. Will anyone be able to end McIlroy’s reign at the top? That remains to be seen, but I believe there are 5 players who can challenge for the top spot.
So without further ado, here are those 5 players:
1. Tiger Woods- 3 wins in 2012. His short game is back. His scoring average of 68.9 is proof of that. I see two majors for Tiger in 2013, ending a near 5-year drought. He will regain world-number 1 on April 14th after winning his fifth green jacket.
2. Brandt Snedeker- 2 victories in 2012. He was good from start to finish winning in January at the Farmers Insurance Open and in September at the Tour Championship to win the FedEx Cup. He had 7 other top 10’s and led the tour in strokes gained putting.
3. Jason Dufner- 2 wins in 2012 at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and the HP Byron Nelson Championship. He was 4th on tour in scoring average and had 8 top 10’s.
4. Zach Johnson- 2 victories in 2012 at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial and the John Deere Classic. He also had 6 top 10’s and was 8th in strokes gained-putting.
5. Webb Simpson- His lone victory came at golf’s toughest test, the U.S. Open. He also finished the year with 7 top 10’s and was 2nd on tour in par breakers, or percentage of holes played under par.