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Golfers Not Getting Enough Attention on 2014 PGA Tour

Mike DudurichContributor IMay 29, 2014

Golfers Not Getting Enough Attention on 2014 PGA Tour

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    John Senden has picked up his second career PGA Tour win this year.
    John Senden has picked up his second career PGA Tour win this year.Rob Carr/Getty Images

    Quite naturally, the attention of golf fans is focused primarily on the game's superstars.

    They want to know what Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are doing, and now they want to know what Adam Scott and Rory McIlroy are up to,

    But away from the glare of the spotlight on the top of golf's totem pole, there are some really cool things going on that aren't being noticed.

    Guys like Chris Kirk, John Senden and Ryan Moore are having seasons worthy of attention but not getting it.

    Here's a list of five guys who aren't getting enough attention on the PGA Tour this year.

Jim Furyk

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    Jim Furyk even seems to be surprising himself this year.
    Jim Furyk even seems to be surprising himself this year.Lynne Sladky/Associated Press

    Jim Furyk still hasn't won a golf tournament since 2010, and despite finishing second at the Wells Fargo Championship and the Players Championship, Furyk is quietly having a very nice season.

    Would you have guessed he's 11th on the FedEx Cup points list and 12th in the Official World Golf Ranking?

    He's done so despite a putter that his been very little help. His strokes-gained putting average is minus-.211, ranking him 145th on tour.

    Furyk keeps the ball in play and has been around long enough to know how to maneuver his way around a golf course, despite being rarely mentioned as a favorite any more.

Zach Johnson

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    Even though Zach Johnson prepares better than most players on the PGA Tour, sometimes things like this happen.
    Even though Zach Johnson prepares better than most players on the PGA Tour, sometimes things like this happen.Associated Press

    For whatever reason, he's still on the fringe of that circle of the game's elite. And that's hard to believe for a guy who's ranked 10th in the FedEx Cup standings and 10th in the world.

    Maybe it's because he's a very steady player, one not prone to long slumps or spectacularly low rounds.

    He's one of the shortest players off the tee (154th with an average of 283.1) but is also one of the most accurate from the tee box, hitting 70.18 percent of the fairways, seventh best on tour.

Chris Kirk

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    Chris Kirk is yet another very good Georgia Bulldog.
    Chris Kirk is yet another very good Georgia Bulldog.Marco Garcia/Associated Press

    The former Georgia star has a win and a runner-up finish on the PGA Tour and has won over $2.5 million thus far.

    It's hard to get a lot of attention with the star quality that exists at the top of the PGA Tour, and Kirk is a great example of that.

    Kirk is eighth in the FedEx Cup point standings and and ninth on the money list.

    He's posted 24 rounds in the 60s this year, twice putting up 64s.

John Senden

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    Yes, John Senden won the Valspar Championship this year.
    Yes, John Senden won the Valspar Championship this year.Chris O'Meara/Associated Press

    After plodding along at the beginning of the season, John Senden won the Valspar Championship, and things started clicking for him a little.

    Since finishing in T-8 at the Masters, Senden has put together four straight top-30 finishes, including a T-5 at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

    The Australian is 15th in greens in regulation and 15th in strokes gained putting, but he has been doing so under the radar for the most part.

    He's older (43) than the more famous Aussies, Adam Scott and Jason Day, but he is quietly putting together a season worthy of the other two.

Ryan Moore

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    Ryan Moore has quietly made things happen this year.
    Ryan Moore has quietly made things happen this year.Rick Scuteri/Associated Press

    Ryan Moore has played in 14 PGA Tour events this season and has four top-10 finishes.

    He's also 16th in the FedEx Cup standings and won the CIMB Classic in the early part of the tour's wraparound 2013-14 season.

    With a driving accuracy percentage that ranks him 22nd and a greens in regulation percentage that has him eighth, it's easy to see why he's made $2.2 million this year.

    Moore is a short hitter, his average distance off the tee is 283.7, which ranks him 137th on the tour.

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