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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Nationwide Tour Preview 46th - 55th Positions

As we continue on with our 2012 Nationwide Tour Preview, today we will focus on the 46th - 55th positions from the 2011 money list. 
  • 46.  Bubba Dickerson - After flirting with success on the PGA Tour several years ago, Bubba has had a rough time of late.  He only made 11 of 24 cuts in 2011 with 3 top 10's and one third place finish.  Statistically, it appears when he struggles the putter is to blame finishing 100th in putting average and 108th in putts per round.  He also had a third round scoring average that ranked 111th, so when he's making the cut he's not doing himself any favors on moving day.
  • 47.  Casey Wittenberg - He didn't get his first Nationwide Tour start until late June, but he got a lot done in a little time making 14 of 16 cuts.  Imagine if he would have had a full year.  While he didn't have trouble making cuts, he only managed 5 top 25's and 3 top 10's.  At 9th in GIR and 3rd in birdie average, he'll be someone to watch with a full schedule on tour in 2012.  Total driving came in at 85th and scrambling was 88th, so that's where the improvements need to happen for 2012 to take off.
  • 48.  B.J. Staten - The southpaw only made 12 of 24 cuts, but when he played the weekend he hung around with 9 top 25's and 4 top 10's.  That means 33% of the time he made the cut he finished in the top 10 and 75% of the time he finished in the top 25.  There are no major weaknesses in his game statistically with 75th in GIR being the only yellow flag.
  • 49.  Alistair Presnell - He made roughly half his money in the first and last event of the year with a T2 in Panama and a T8 at the Tour championship.  Being an Aussie, it makes me wonder if he plays better closer to the Southern Hemisphere summer time than he does the Northern.  He had 13/24 cuts with 4 top 25's and the two top 10's referenced above.  The putter is what lets him down when he struggles and he can have a hard time making birdies on a tour that generally demands it.
  • 50.  Aaron Goldbeg - Just like Wittenberg, he made his first cut the last week of June, but only missed one more cut the rest of the year going 13/16 in cuts made.  He had 7 top 25's and 2 top 10's.  A 20th all around ranking shows all he needs is more starts and he'll have as many as he wants in 2012.
  • 51.  Steve Friesen - He didn't get his first start until August and won the Price Cutter Charity Championship with a -26 in his second start.  He made 6 out of 11 cuts but his only top 25 finish was the victory.  He did not play enough rounds for his stats to count officially, but I would be cautious that he may have caught lightning in a bottle for one week.
  • 52.  Greg Owen - Advanced to PGA Tour via Q School.
  • 53.  Kirk Triplett - Biding his time waiting on the Champions Tour, he stole a win out on the Nationwide Tour in 2011.  I wouldn't expect him to be a huge factor in 2012 because he'll head to the Champions Tour when he turns 50 at the end of March.
  • 54.  Ryan Armour - A guy who seems to be a career Nationwide Tour player only made 10/25 cuts, but did manage a second place finish to ensure full status for 2012.  His length seems to be hurting him because his driving distance and par 5 scoring stats aren't very good.
  • 55.  Andrew Svoboda - For the second strait year, he made 18 cuts, but saw his top 25's drop from 13 to 7 and his top 10's drop from 3 to 2.  There's no one area to point to as his all around ranking was 50th and nothing stands out as atrocious.  He just doesn't seem to have a go to strength either as he doesn't rank in the top 20 in any major statistical category.
Tomorrow I'll finish up the top 60 preview.  See you then!

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