Golf: Predicting the 5 Breakout Stars of the Fall Series

Mike DudurichContributor IOctober 8, 2012

Golf: Predicting the 5 Breakout Stars of the Fall Series

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    Trying to figure out the five guys who will put together the best four weeks on the PGA Tour's Fall Series is about as difficult as trying to figure out the stock market, but here we go.

    The Fall Series, known as final four official events on the PGA Tour calendar, is the last chance for a variety of players to earn playing privileges for 2013.

    Some are in their first year, trying to get another chance after struggling as a rookie.

    Some are players in their prime who have battled injuries or seen their games go south in 2012.

    And others are veterans who are grasping for one more opportunity to play on the big stage and hope to avoid competing in the last PGA Tour qualifying tournament.

    Check out these five.

Tim Herron Has Taken His Lumps, Needs a Boost

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    In 19 years as a professional, Tim Herron has won more than $18 million, but not a great deal of that has come in the last five years.

    His last two outings have been good ones, a tie for 28th and a tie for 10th last week in Las Vegas where he posted rounds of 63-68-68-73.

Richard H. Lee Could Erase Bad Season with Good Fall

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    After grinding away without much success in his PGA Tour rookie season, Richard H. Lee made a big jump up the money standings in Las Vegas, from 153rd to 130th.

    It’s not been much of a year for this third-year pro with his only top 10 finish coming last week. He had missed cuts in 10 of his 21 starts this year.

    He shot 66-68-71-65 to finish tied for sixth to kick off his Fall Series.

Bobby Gates Has Momentum but Needs to Gain at Least Four More Spots

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    Bobby Gates was not eligible for the FedEx Cup playoffs and had nearly two months off. But after a tie for 19th at the Wyndham Championship, he came right back with rounds of 70-67-66-70 in Las Vegas for a tie for 13th.

    Gates, a fifth-year pro, moved from 136th to 129th on the money list.

Camilo Villegas Needs to Start Comeback

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    Camilo Villegas was one of the most highly acclaimed youngsters to hit the PGA Tour back in 2004. But here he is with three wins and at 30 years old, he is still trying to find his way eight years later.

    He made only 12 cuts in 22 events this year and managed just three top 25s.

    Villegas had rounds of 70-68-66-71 to finish tied for 30th. He moved from 156th to 153rd and is a long shot, but he has enough talent to make a run.

Bill Lunde Fired First Shot in Race for 2013 PGA Tour Card

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    Bill Lunde made the most dramatic jump up the money list last week, going from 157th to 128th. He put together rounds of 67-69-67-66.

    He tied for fifth in Las Vegas to become the hottest player of those chasing PGA Tour cards for 2013.

    Lunde has one victory on the PGA Tour since turning pro in 1998. His best finish before last week was a tie for 18th in Renoe-Tahoe.