Golf Rankings for Hyundai Tournament of Champions
Martin Laird [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #94
The Scot finished T4 in his event back in 2010 and returns to Maui following an uneven finish to the 2011 season. After recording five top-10s, highlighted by a win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, in his first 10 events Laird only managed one such result over his final 12 starts. He ranked 18th in All-Around Ranking and 26th in Total Driving.
Jonathan Byrd [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #114
Winning this event was Byrd's only victory of the 2011 season but earns him a return trip to Maui. In 26 events, Byrd made 17 cuts and tallied seven top-25 finishes. Fantasy managers would be wise to avoid overvaluing his defending champion status as Byrd finished 66th in All-Around Ranking and 120th in Total Driving.
Sean O'Hair [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #156
Last year was a struggle for O'Hair. Prior to winning the RBC Canadian Open, he missed the cut nine times in a period of 12 starts. A 15th-place result in The McGladrey Classic, a Fall Series event, offers some hope. His pair of fourth-place finishes in this event from the 2009 and 2010 seasons is also quite impressive.
Bryce Molder [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #165
From late June through the Fall Series, Molder was among the best players on Tour. In those 10 starts, he notched six finishes of 11th or better, highlighted by winning the Frys.com Open. Molder ranked third among all players in strokes gained – putting and is carrying a lot of momentum.
Scott Piercy [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #71
All of Piercy's four top-15 finishes came in the second half of the season, including a win at the Reno-Tahoe Open, an alternate event with a limited field. Piercy would go on rank seventh on Tour in driving distance and sixth in recording a birdie or better in par 4 holes. However, he only ranked 137th in those situations on par 3s. This is still one sleeper worth a look.
In just his fifth start, Vegas became the first Venezuelan to record a victory on the PGA Tour at the Bob Hope Classic. He would finish T3 the next week in the Farmers Insurance Open and added two more top-20s over his first six starts of the year. Vegas would enter a heavy slide from there until a T5 in his lone Fall Series start.
Ben Crane [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #106
After a forgettable season, Crane played well in two of his three Fall Series events. He finished T10 at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and won The McGladrey Classic, which earned him a spot in this week's event. Crane only managed to finish 85th in All-Around Ranking but the strong finish could make him worth a gamble.
Kevin Na [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #175
A two-stroke victory at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open earned Na’s first start in Maui. Over 26 starts, Na made 15 cuts with four top-fives and six top-10s. He ranked eighth in strokes gained – putting, something that could play very well in this low scoring event.
Mark Wilson [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #117
After winning two of his first three starts, Wilson would only record two other top-10 finishes over his last 23 events. The early victories allowed him to end the regular season 11th in points but Wilson would fade to 22nd. Consider him a semi-decent option thanks to the limited field.
D.A. Points [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #80
After a quick start to the season, capped off by winning the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am with actor Bill Murray, Points was forgettable until a top-10 finish at the PGA Championship. Over his last five events, he would miss three cuts. Without a dominant stat to lean on, Points is difficult to suggest starting.
A playoff victory against Jonathan Byrd, the defending champion of this event, at the Wells Fargo Championship is what earned Glover a spot in this tournament. That win at Quail Hollow would remain the only top-10 for Glover during the 2011 season. Aside from ranking 16th in eagles (holes per), Glover's statistics fail to stand out.
Brendan Steele [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #139
Over his last nine starts, Steele recorded five top-20s including a pair of top-10s. His April victory at the Valero Texas Open was one of several wins in the 2011 season captured by rookies and/or first-time winners.