The 10 Most Overrated Golfers In The World
The 10 Most Overrated Golfers In The World
Now that we have reached the end of the season on the PGA Tour, and as the European Tour finishes up in a couple of weeks when they complete The Race To Dubai, I decided to go through the World Golf Rankings and make a determination as to who was overrated, and who was legit. While putting this blog together, I elected to rate these golfer based on a ratio that has their exposure to the media and name recognition pitted against their performance between the ropes. The list is random, and not in any particular order based on a personal ranking of these players.
I did however take into consideration the player's past performances up to and including what they did at the Ryder Cup this year. My selections took the players performance in 2012 Major tournaments, as well as any performances they may have had in previous majors into consideration.
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Lee Westwood is currently fourth in the World Golf Rankings and is at 12th in the Race To Dubai. After resurrecting his career a few years back, he has attempted to make a run at some of the majors, but has continued to do what he has done for the large part of his career, but the key phrase for Westwood has always been close, but no cigar. At 41 years old, and finishing up his 19th year in the pros, he has never been able to win the big one.
He came close again this year at Augusta, to getting off of the snide with a third place tie, two strokes behind Bubba Watson, and Louis Oosthuizen. Once again, he was close. He folded on Sunday in the US Open, and shot a 73 in the final round to finish tied for tenth. He could never get on track at the British Open where he ended up six over par, and tied for 45th. He didn't make the cut at the PGA Championship.
I'm not sure what is going on with Adam Scott. After some problems a few years back, he re-tooled his game with the long putter, but has yet been able to crack the major barrier. Scott came close, going into the final round with the lead at the British Open. But by making some amateurish mistakes on Sunday, where he shot a 75, he handed the tournament to Ernie Els. Scott played well at The Masters with a T 7 finish, and had a T 15 finish at the US Open . He ended T 11 at Kiawah Island in The PGA Championship.
The 32 year old from South Australia is fifth in World Rankings and is fourth on the Money List. He made 14 of 16 cuts on the PGA Tour, and has no ranking in the Race To Dubai due to his commitment to the PGA Tour.
Justin Rose is a mystery. After bursting on the spotlight during the 1987 British Open as an amateur, he has done nothing since. He is seventh in World Rankings, and the PGA Money list. He is third in The Race To Dubai, and has one win on the European Tour in 2012 giving him a total of five. He made 16 of 19 cuts on the PGA this year, and had one win at the WGC-Cadillac Championship back in March.
His best major finish this year was at the PGA Championship where he finished in a three way tie. He was tied 8th at the Masters, tied 21st at the US Open, and missed the cut at the British Open. The 32 year old Englishman, who was born in Johannesburg, South Africa has done nothing amazing so far in his career.
The Kuch finally broke through with a big win at the Players Championship this year. After the hype surrounding him when he turned pro, he, like Justin Rose has never been able to live up. The 35 year old University of Georgia star is 17th in World Rankings, and is 11th on the PGA Money list. Kuchar won the tours fifth major at TPC Sawgrass, and had a tie for third place at Augusta. He finished T 27 at the US Open and had a T 9 at Royal Lytham St. Anne, bit missed the cut at the PGA Championship.
Kuchar has only seven professional wins in his career, with four of them coming on the PGA Tour. The only significant thing he has done, is win the Vardon Trophy, and The Byron Nelson Trophy in 2010 for having the best scoring average.
Jim Furyk rode a 2003 US Open win and his very unique swing to a Captains Pick invitation to the Ryder Cup this year, but basically has under-performed . Furyk is 26th in World Rankings, and is 12th on the PGA Money List. His best 2012 finish was a T 2 at the Transitions Championship in March, but his biggest disappointment of the year was the big double cross hook at Olympic in June. After that shot, he folded his tent and when the dust settled, finished in a tie for fourth place.
Furyk made 19 of 24 cuts in 2012, and finished in 11th place at The Masters. He finished T34 at the British Open, and was tied 42 at Kiawah Island in September. If Jim Furyk could have made just one putt at Medinah, The Ryder Cup might have come home.
In my opinion, Steve Stricker gets a ton of recognition because he is Tiger's buddy. Although he is an exceptional putter, he did not make the Ryder Cup on his own merits, but was appointed by Captain Davis Love III to peas Tiger Woods, giving him someone to partner with. The pick did not work out, and I'm not sure who made the fewest crucial putts, Steve Stricker or Jim Furyk.
Stricker is 12th in World Rankings and is 18th on the PGA Money List. After winning the 2012 kickoff at Kapalua in January, his next best finish was a second place finish at The Bridgestone. His best major was a seventh place finish at the PGA Championship. He played well early in the year, but after missing the cut at The Players Championship, he seemed to loose confidence in his putter, and even lost at the John Deere Classic to Zach Johnson.
Dustin Johnson is another enigma on my list. He has the length off the tee, he putts well, but makes crucial mistakes when the chips are down. He folded at the 2010 US Open in the final round at Pebble Beach, and lost the PGA to Martin Kaymer on a weird situation. The instructions were clear, and the players were told about the bunkers, but again, he made a rookie mistake at the wrong time.
Dustin is currently 19th in World Rankings, and is 19th on the Money List. He got a win in 2012 at The St. Jude in Memphis, but his best finish in a Major this year was a tie for 9th place at the British Open. He missed the cut at the US Open, and did not play in The Masters.
Rickie Fowler has all the tools to be great, but in my opinion he has under achieved throughout his short career, and is overrated. He gets a lot of attention because he is young, personable, and dresses for the young followers. Like Dustin Johnson, Fowler just can't seem to break through in big moments.
Fowler is currently 29th in World Rankings, and 21st on the Money List. He finally broke through in and got a win in 2012 at the Wells Fargo Championship in May. He had a 31st and 41st finish in the US and British Opens respectfully, and missed the cut at the PGA Championship. He rode his victory at Quail Hollow to a second place finish at the Players Championship.
Of all the disappointments in Professional Golf, this is the biggest. After posting the lowest start for an amateur at the 1999 Masters, and his famous duel with Tiger Woods in the 1999 PGA Championship at Medinah, I thought we actually had someone who could keep Tiger honest. It never happened. Turns out, Sergio spends more time in his own head than Tiger does in his, but unlike Tiger Woods, he could never putt.
He finally went to the claw late this year, and actually put a nice run together during the FedEx Cup playoffs after wining at The Wyndham the week before the playoffs started. He got a third place tie at The Barclays, but faded down the stretch, finishing 15th
Sergio is currently 22nd in World Rankings, and 29th on the PGA Money List. He has played enough in Europe, and is 45th in The Race to Dubai points. He missed the cut at the British Open, and PGA Championship, and picked up a T 38 at the US Open. He finished in a tie for 12th place at The Masters.
Miguel Angel Jimenez
Miguel Angel Jimenez:
I like the Spaniard and his mantra, but he gets a lot of exposure because of his life style, and the fact is, he is a character. To this day, the shot he hit at St. Andrews on the 17th hole in the 2012 British Open still classifies as one of the greatest shots I've ever seen. The 48 year old from Malaga, Spain turned pro in 1982, and has had 18 wins on the European Tour. He is 98th in the World Rankings, and currently sits at 41st in Race to Dubai points. He has had no wins in 2012.
Jimenez missed the cut at the US Open this year, but had a decent showing at the British Open in July where he finished tied for ninth place at even par. He finished alone in 56th place at The Masters, and T 27 at the PGA Championship. In his only two other starts on the PGA tour in 2012, he finished tied 9th at the WGC-Accenture Match Play, and T45 at the WGC-Cadillac Championship.