Not all of these are PGA Players, but they are guys to watch out for going forward. Basically, the opposite of yesterday.
10. Pat Perez: Perez’s win at the Bob Hope seems a long way back, and its probably safe to say has been forgotten by most. Most of Perez’s underachievement probably comes from injury problems, but his current prices indicate Vegas expects him to comeback strong soon.
9. Andres Romero: Romero is young and has a ton of talent, like his countryman Angel Cabrera, except the exact opposite. Players in their 20s seem to experience a lot of up and down years but the general trend is usually up. Romero won’t be playing in the FedEx Cup, but he has had high finishes in majors before and probably will again.
8. Aaron Baddeley: One of the tour’s best putters has really struggled to find his swing this season. I’m pretty sure he is going through some swing changes, but an offseason to work on them could be a good thing for Badd’s.
7. D.J. Trahan: If only he wasn’t such an idiot.
6. Luke Donald: Have to check the Vegas prices on this one, because Donald’s underachievement is probably a result of injuries. If Vegas makes you pay for 08 form he is probably not a good deal, if you can get away with paying for some of his injury plagued season thrown in than Donald figures to be a deal.
5. Tiger Woods: There I said it. Aside from being the most famous golfer in the world, his 2009 season was way down from 2008. All the other criteria fit, especially considering age says Tiger should be around the prime of his career and an injury may have kept Tiger from being on all cylinders earlier this year.
4. Adam Scott: I have no idea what the hell happened to his game, but he is playing way below his 2008 numbers. This year was no indication at all, but at 29 if he works hard on his game everything else suggests he will rebound.
3. Anthony Kim: Kim has been flirting with playing well the second half of the season, but really hasn’t been anywhere near as consistently good as he was last season. Again, players in their 20s usually experience some up and down years, but the general trend is usually up, especially with a player of Kim’s talent. If he works hard on the game during the offseason, Kim could easily come out as next year’s Sean O’Hair or Nick Watney.
2. Sergio Garcia: Super talent who played poorly this year, especially on this side of the pond. Sergio is an incredibly talented ball striker who should soon be entering the prime of his career. On top of that, everyone, especially Peter Kostis, knows he sucks at putting(somewhat true) and generally does not like him.
1. Alex Noren: Not at all surprising, I’m sure, but he hits a ton of greens in Europe, is young, and as a bonus, I would say 1% of American golf fans have heard of him(He may be slightly more popular in Europe along the lines of Marino I would say). He is going to win at some point and his 2009 season was below his 2year average and 2008. At his age, improvement is possible or even likely, too. Just an ideal situation here.
Again, its hard to tell what kind of opportunities to back these players there will be, but I expect improvement from all of them.