Dustin Johnson (pictured) has the ability to win the 2013 PGA Money List and earn more cash than several more illustrious rivals. He has won six titles in five years and at the start of the season had reached number 23 in the world rankings, though still some way short of his career high standing of 4 in 2011.
Johnson missed three months of last season through injury but then won the FedEx St Jude Classic on his return to competitive action. He played in seven tournaments before the enforced break and recorded three top ten finishes in that spell.
This year’s schedule has been altered with no Fall Series planned. The season finale is still the Tour Championship which is the final event of the play-off series. There are then six more events but they will form part of the revamped 2013-14 PGA Tour season.
Another significant element of the regular season is that there are no Ryder Cup points to play for. That could influence the tournaments each players contest but most of the better players will appear in the four major championships and the World Golf Championship events.
Johnson showed his ability at the highest level during the 2012 play-offs. He qualified for each of the four events and finished in the top 10 in all of the end of season lucrative play-off events. Johnson ended his regular season in the States by finishing 10th in the Tour Championship.
Our Player in Focus has won at least once in the States in each of the last five years. Two of his six wins have been in FedEx Cup play-off events, tournaments that attract strong fields as players qualify for them through consistent performance over a sustained period of time.
Johnson has played in 16 major championships and recorded five top 10 finishes, including three occasions when he made the top five. He was tied second in the 2011 Open Championship when one wayward approach shot cost him his chances.
Jason Day is another player who is expected to have a good season. He finished second in two major championships in 2011. His form dipped last season due to injury and distractions away from the course as he became a father for the first time.
Day looked back to his best during the Fall Series last autumn. The Australian born player now resides in the States so relocating his family suggests he has the focus to be successful at the highest level and that means winning tournaments on the PGA Tour.