5 Biggest PGA Tour Surprises So Far in 2013

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Who Are the 5 Biggest Surprises on the PGA Tour This Year?

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As with life in general, the PGA Tour season doesn’t always go as planned. For some, that means they are moving in the right direction. For others, however, this means that things have gone horribly wrong. We often focus on the negatives and disregard those stories of golfers coming out of nowhere to make their imprint on the game.

Despite the fact that we are still in the early portion of the 2013 golf season, there have been myriad developments that nobody could have predicted. They range from the number one golfer in the world falling into the depths of a funk that he is having a great deal of difficulty finding his way out of to a relatively unknown rookie who has found himself at the center of serious talk as a contender at The Masters.

It’s difficult to tell how any season is going to play out, but most people who follow golf think they have at least some semblance of an idea what could happen. It makes for an interesting go of things when that supposed conventional wisdom gets turned completely upside down.

I, for one, did not anticipate the winners of the first nine events of the year to all be American. I figured someone from outside of America would have w in by know with the way that golfers from around the world have been playing, and considering that heading into the season six of the top seven golfers in the world were from outside of the United States. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be.

I also didn’t predict, but was really hoping for, a Golf Boys encore. Talk about a nice surprise

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#5 John Merrick

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Merrick turned pro in 2004 and recorded his first win at this year’s Northern Trust Open. He finished last year 81st in the FedEx Cup and currently sits at eighth in 2013. He’s missed the cut in three of six events, but when he has played the weekend he has a win in addition finishing T16 at Pebble Beach.

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#4 Jason Day

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Day was a big question mark heading into 2013. Last year was a roller coaster ride for the Aussie. He would bounce from missing cuts to finishing in the top 25. He’s been incredibly solid so far this year, with three top 10 finishes in four events.

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#3 Jonas Blixt

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The Swede finished 35th on the money list last year but has missed four of six cuts and sits 116th in the FedEx Cup points race. His best finish was in the first event he played, when he came in T18 at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

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#2 Russell Henley

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He went from being relatively unknown to start the season to 51st in the official world golf rankings and third in the FedEx Cup. He’s made five of six cuts three top 25 finishes, including a win and a T13 at last week’s Honda Classic. He’s also getting a lot of attention as a serious contender at Augusta.

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#1 Rory McIlroy

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He’s only played 80 competitive holes of golf in 2013. He’s missed a cut, failed to get out of the first round in a match play event and withdrawn from an event. Not exactly what we were expecting out of the number one golfer in the world.