Ranking the Biggest Teases on the PGA Tour
They are all extremely talented. If they weren’t, they wouldn’t be on the PGA Tour. Talent, however, doesn’t always translate into results.
Those who are super-talented either produce, like Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy did early in their careers, or leave their audiences and fans wanting more.
Following is a list of the 10 biggest teases, at least in my opinion.
10. Ryan Moore
When he turned professional back in 2005, he was coming off perhaps the best amateur season ever.
In 2004, he won the U.S. Amateur, the Western Amateur, U.S. Amateur Public Links and the NCAA Individual Championship Tour, but he has never really blossomed like expected.
He has had injuries that have slowed him down, especially a wrist injury that required surgery in 2006. Moore continued to have pain in his wrist and then shoulder and missed time in 2008.
He’s a fashionable dresser with the funky ties, et al., but he could have been much better.
9. Bill Haas
Bill Haas won the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup title in 2011, earning $11.4 million in the process.
He’s won four times on the PGA Tour and obviously possesses some of his father Jay’s genetics. The elder Haas won nine times on the PGA Tour and has been dominant on the Champions Tour.
But behind that fluid swing and long-distance drives is the potential for much more.
Is it really possible that Haas’ best finish in a major is a tie for 12th in the 2011 PGA Championship?
8. Sergio Garcia
Sergio Garcia was the first of the brash young golfers who were going to challenge Tiger Woods and his dominance in the game in the late 1990s.
He served notice of that with his stirring play at the 1999 PGA Championship at Medinah, when he hit that slice from behind a tree to the 16th green, running and scissor-kicking toward the green to get a look at the shot.
But with all that talent and all of that confidence, Garcia has yet to win a major title and actually fell into a slump in the last few years that sapped away all of that confidence.
He’s won eight times on the PGA Tour but remains a disappointment.
7. Adam Scott
Adam Scott has been a teaser for several years, a guy with elite playing skills and talent as well as the kind of mindset that does well in pressure situations.
Putting held him back, but he switched to the long putter and his career took a jump ahead.
The big payoff (a major title) seemed at hand when he led the Open Championship with four holes left in July.
But it didn’t happen again because of a mental shutdown that led to bad shots. The clock continues to tick on this soft-spoken Australian.
6. Nick Watney
Nick Watney is one of those guys who has something of a baby face but has a golf game that is absolutely killer.
A tall, lanky guy with a powerful swing that can move the ball long distances, it’s not that he can’t play.
He won the 2011 WGC-Cadillac Championship, the AT&T National, the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, has won on the President’s Club and even shot the second-lowest nine in the history of the PGA Tour (27). He also won the Barclay’s, a FedEx Cup playoff event, in 2012.
When he does things like that you get the feeling you’re seeing the tip of the iceberg but really want more.
5. Matt Kuchar
The proud owner of the flattest swing on the PGA Tour, Matt Kuchar, has won four times over a 10-year career, including the 2012 Players Championship.
He had a nice start in the early 2000s, but slipped into a slump that ultimately forced him to change his swing to the flatter version.
Given all of that, he’s still managed to earn almost $15 million, and he’s posted 30 top-10 finishes between 2009-2012.
More impressive is that he was the tour’s leading money winner in 2010. Don’t be fooled by that ever-present smile; he’s a ferocious competitor.
Kuchar just seems to be leaving us hanging by what he hasn’t done.
4. Dustin Johnson
Dustin Johnson has said publicly that his goal is to become the No. 1 player in the world.
Tiger Woods was once said to be the best athlete on the PGA Tour, but age and his injuries/surgeries have most likely opened that spot for someone like Johnson.
He’s a bomber, capable of overpowering just about any course.
Johnson has won six times on the PGA Tour but his laid-back demeanor could be viewed as hinting at laziness or not caring.
His potential appears to be endless because of his power, and his statement about wanting to be No. 1 might indicate a renewed dedication to his craft.
3. Luke Donald
How does a player who has spent 55 weeks as the No. 1 player in the World Golf Rankings fit into a list of teasers?
Very nicely, actually.
Yes, Luke Donald has won 14 times worldwide, five on the PGA Tour. But the guy who is amazingly accurate in terms of finding fairways, and pretty darn good on the greens as well, hasn't gotten it done in the majors.
His best finishes in golf’s biggest events? Ties for third in the 2005 Masters and the 2006 PGA Championship.
Something is missing in his game that has kept him from taking the next step on that ladder to the top.
2. Ian Poulter
Imagine how much more seriously Ian Poulter would be taken, even with his wacky wardrobe, if he would ever win a major.
He came close in 2008, finishing second in the Open Championship. His game is obviously top-notch, all you have to do is watch him turn into Superman in the Ryder Cup.
But he hasn’t translated that into big-time stroke play success, even though he’s won 16 times around the world.
At age 36, his window of opportunity in terms of majors is starting to slowly close and you sometimes get the feeling we’ve been cheated out of possibly a great major champion?
1. Rickie Fowler
He’s young, 24 years old.
He’s flashy; can you say orange?
He’s confident and unafraid.
And going into his fourth full season on the PGA Tour, he has a grand total of one victory.
It is true, however, that the kid has finished in the top 10 16 times and has made over $8 million in his first three years.
But after an outstanding amateur career that set up a great deal of hype to start his professional career, he was in the spotlight from the start.
Because of all that talent and hype yet unfulfilled, Fowler gets the nod as the biggest tease on the PGA Tour.