PGA Season Not Waiting Around For Tiger Woods

Greg SquiresCorrespondent IMarch 14, 2009

With the Masters less than a month away, and the PGA season well in bloom, Tiger Woods is yet again dominating most golf conversations. Not shocking for this time of year, I know, but the man has only played in one tournament thus far as he recovers from his latest knee surgery.

Geoff Ogilvy has gotten off to a red hot start this season with two victories under his belt already. Phil Mickelson is off to his usual solid start as well. 

There are also some players off to great starts this season that haven't been talked about as much in early season discussions, and quite simply, they should be.

Let me start first with Kenny Perry. Winner of the FBR Open, this Kentuckian sits second on the money list, having posted three top 10's already this season. Perry, who joined the tour in 1982, has 13 career victories, including three last season when he finished 15th in the FedEx standings. He is also fourth in Greens in Regulation (G.I.R.) this season.

Dustin Johnson, winner of the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, is also off to a great start this season with four top-20's in his seven starts. He is third in the FedEx standings currently, and also ranks 10th on tour with an average driving distance of over 300 yards.

His driver is known to be a little erratic, but he is also seventh in sand save percentage, and boasts 108 birdies already this season in just 22 rounds.

Leading the tour currently, in scoring average, is Luke Donald. After a sub-par 2008 season, he has bounced back nicely and has finished in the top 25 in all five of his starts, including three top 10's. 

The 31-year-old Englishman finished 105th last year in the FedEx cup standings, but appears to have regained his form from 2007. His best finish this season is a sixth place finish at the Northern Trust Open, and he also ranks sixth in putting average.

Three-time Ryder Cup member David Toms is off to a fantastic start as well, as he has had three finishes in the top six. He currently ranks third in putting average, second in driving accuracy, and seventh in total driving. Those kind of numbers add up to him being 13th on the money list in just five starts.

Sean O'Hair is also on his way to a solid season as he has finished inside the top 25 in all five of his starts. Four of those tournaments he actually finished inside the top 12 with his best being a fourth place finish at the Mercedes-Benz Championship. He currently ranks third in G.I.R., and 12th in scoring average at 69.72. 

Twenty-five year old Kevin Na has also had one of the better starts this season, having finished inside the top five three times already. He currently sits ninth in both putting average and in sand save percentage. He is 16th on the money list through his first six starts.

And there are more than just this group that are off to good starts also. We just don't hear as much about them amid all the buzz of Woods' pending full-time return. 

But this group will be ready. 

They will definitely all be lurking around the top of the FedEx Cup standings come the end of this year. 

Will we be talking about them then?  I hope so.