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6 Most Underrated Players on Tour

Steve SilvermanFeatured ColumnistOctober 26, 2012

6 Most Underrated Players on Tour

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    It's not just the superstars on the tour who deserve the attention of golf fans.

    There's no doubt that fans want to see Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods and Bubba Watson tee off when they attend a tournament or watch one on television.

    However, the golf tour is always evolving. Players who were unknown a couple of years ago can become this year's stars, while established players can lose their way, go into slumps and witness their superstar status disappear.

    Keep an eye on the following underrated players who had good years in 2012 and should be in a good position to have an even better season in 2013.

Ryan Moore

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    Ryan Moore followed a good 2011 season with a surprisingly strong 2012 season.

    Moore won more than $1.9 million in 2011, and that total jumped to $2.8 million this season. Moore was quite consistent, winning one tournament, adding a third-place finish and eight top-10 finishes.

    Moore closed the season with his victory, a spectacular 24-under par performance in the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. In his previous effort, Moore finished tied for third in the TOUR championship.

    Moore is not a big hitter as he averaged slightly more than 287 yards off the tee. However, he ranked 28th in driving accuracy, and that allows him to play consistently on the tour.

John Huh

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    While the majority of the other players on this list are veterans, Huh is a rookie who is worthy of attention.

    Huh had a very promising rookie season, winning nearly $2.7 million in 2012. Huh had one win, one second-place finish and he finished in the top 10 in four events. Huh played in 28 events on the tour and finished in the top 25 12 times.

    It takes some players years to get their first tour victory, but Huh got his early in the season when he won the Mayakoba Golf Classic in late February. Huh is not a big hitter off the tee, but he ranked 11th in driving accuracy, and that accounted for many of his strong finishes.

Kyle Stanley

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    Kyle Stanley had a solid 2012 season. He won one tournament and he earned $2.35 million last season.

    Stanley also finished second once and he had eight top-25 finishes.

    Stanley won the Waste Management Phoenix Open in early February. The week before, he finished second in the Farmers Insurance Open.

    Stanley's a big hitter who averaged 306.9 yards per drive, ranking eighth on the tour. He also hit 67.6 percent of his greens in regulation, ranking 40th.

Jonas Blixt

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    Jonas Blixt, a 28-year-old Swede who played his college golf at Florida State, won $2.2 million on the tour in 2012.

    He won one tournament, finished third in two other tournaments and had five other top-10 finishes. Blixt won the Frys.com Open when he shot a 16-under-par 268 and pocketed $900,000 for that victory.

    Blixt had finished third the week before in the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

    Blixt is an excellent sand player. He finished first on the tour in sand save percentage last year.

Mark Wilson

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    Mark Wilson may be one of the most anonymous players on the tour. He followed his $3.158 million, two-victory season in 2011 with a $2.14 million season and another victory in 2012.

    Wilson also had a third-place finish, three top-10 finishes and six top-25 finishes last season.

    Wilson's 2012 victory came in the Humana Challenge in January, shooting a 24-under 264. His third-place finish came in the World Golf Championship-Accenture Match Play Championship.

Marc Leishman

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    Marc Leishman won $1.9 million on the tour in 2012, winning one tournament and finishing third on one other occasion.

    Leishman had five top-25 finishes and made the cut in 19-of-23 tournaments that he entered.

    The Australian native did a solid job on his approaches from 50 to 75 yards. Those shots finished an average of 11'2" from the hole, ranking ninth on the tour.

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