Rory McIlroy could have made this list if his poor form from the Masters Tournament (T40) through the Open Championship (T60) had continued.
Fortunately, with a victory at the PGA Championship and two consecutive FedEx Cup wins, Mr. McIlroy has removed himself from this discussion entirely. In fact, Rory has stepped through the door of “is he entering a Tiger Woods 1999-00 stretch of form,” as Golf Digest’s Sam Weinman evaluated in a piece earlier this week.
Underachievement is ultimately a subjective assessment. Only individuals have a true grasp of their own abilities and the headwinds they face. In looking over the popular indicators of success on the PGA Tour for the year, however, there are a number of big name players who have grossly underperformed in 2012.