When the top 123 players on the PGA Tour get together nobody is really a sleeper. All of the golfers in The Barclays earned their way into the FedEx Cup Playoffs based on their level of play in the 2013 season. It’s not as if a relative unknown is going to win this tournament.
With that being said, there are certainly some players that are favored more heavily than others. There are also golfers that are sitting outside of the top 100 in the rankings that haven’t been given much consideration as contenders this week. Martin Kaymer is one of those under the radar players that I think can make a lot of noise at Liberty National Golf Club.
The German is currently ranked 103rd in the FedEx Cup standings but is coming in on the heels of a several solid performances over the last month. While his 2013 campaign got off to a rocky start, the 2010 PGA Championship winner has turned things around in the last few events. He finished tied for 32nd at the Open Championship, tied for ninth at the WGC – Bridgestone Invitational, tied for 33rd at the PGA and tied for 20th at the Wyndham Championship.
His current ranking is by no means an indication of his ability. The fact that the has four straight top 33 finishes – including two of which that came in majors – gives me the feeling that everything is coming together at the right time for Kaymer. His stats have gotten progressively better as the year as gone on, and he may just be peaking as these playoffs begin. If that’s the case, Kaymer is going to turn a lot of heads over the next few weeks and he may be in line for a very nice paycheck when all is said and done.