Golf Rankings for Humana Challenge
Coming off a T9 at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, Wagner quickly earned a return trip to the event by winning last week at the Sony Open. He's missed the cut at La Quinta in 2009 and 2010, but is worth a look as a lower-tier player in most formats.
Thanks to a pair of top-fives to start the season, Frazar is very much on the radar. Since 2009, however, he's missed a cut and finished no better than T54 in three starts at La Quinta. Frazar is a 40-year-old vet and won on Tour for the first time last year. This could be an aberration, but the recent results say he's a worthy start right now.
After recording four top-10s in his final nine starts, Stanley finished T23 at the Sony Open to start his 2012 season. Last year, he finished T29 in this event and rose up to finish 18th in All-Around Ranking. Stanley does a great job of hitting greens, a skill that will play very well this week.
Ryan Moore [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #44
A bout of the flu caused Moore to withdraw from last year's event after finishing T10 at La Quinta in 2010. He finished last season with a T10 and T16 prior to missing the cut in his lone appearance in the Fall Series. Moore ranked 14th in strokes gained - putting.
Bryce Molder [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #138
After a sizzling Fall Series that included three top-11 finishes (one a win), Molder finished T7 at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Last year was his first career start at La Quinta, where he finished T33. Despite missing a number of cuts, Molder placed third in strokes gained - putting.
In his first career start at La Quinta, Levin finished T48. He would go on to finish the season with the 11th-best scoring average on Tour. Last week Levin was on track to a top-10 finish, but would drop to T23 after a round of 2-over on Sunday.
David Toms - World Ranking: #61
Two starts into the season and Toms is struggling mightily. At the Hyundai Tournament of Champions he finished 25th out of 26 competitors before missing the cut at the Sony Open. Just a year ago, Toms was ninth in scoring average and third in All-Around Ranking. A rebound is highly likely at some point, but he's finished no better than 25th at La Quinta in the last three years.
Brendon de Jonge [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #73
Coming off a T10 in the Sony Open, de Jonge is looking to capture the consistency that's eluded him so far. The native of Zimbabwe finished 30th in All-Around Ranking in 2011, while flashing some of the ability that's made him a perennial sleeper pick. In the last two years at La Quinta, de Jonge has finished T25 and T33.
With a ranking of 12th in All-Around Ranking, Couch's 2011 season could be considered something of a disappointment as he managed just five top-25s in 21 starts. One of those results, however, came in a T7 at La Quinta. If the results start to balance with the skills, Couch could quickly emerge.
After a T9 in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, Sabbatini finished the Hawaiian swing to the Tour schedule with a T29 in last week's Sony Open. The South African missed last year's cut at La Quinta, but ranks fifth in birdie average so far this season.
Zach Johnson [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #26
He struggled last week at the Sony Open and hasn't played in this event since 2004, but Johnson should get some consideration. Last year, he ranked 11th in strokes gained - putting and 18th in scoring average.
Despite a fairly miserable season, Villegas ended 2011 with four straight top-25 finishes, including three top-10s. The Colombian has never competed in this event, but the late surge makes him a decent long shot.