Ranking the Biggest Underachievers on the PGA Tour in 2014 So Far
The biggest underachiever on the PGA Tour may be Tiger Woods.
Think about it. The young golfer, radiating confidence, destined to conquer, in possession of every golf-related talent and an unrivaled pedigree. How many majors did we expect him to win? 30.
Nearing 40 years of age and 20 years on tour, Woods is stuck on 14 majors. Thus, he's not even halfway to a number that seemed entirely possible following his Masters victory in 1997.
Still, it wouldn't really be fair to call Mr. Woods an underachiever relative to his ability. Perhaps he has fallen short of our lofty expectations, but he hasn't failed to deliver on his physical promise (especially considering the litany of injuries he's dealt with in recent years).
So, who are the biggest underachievers on the PGA Tour this season? Read on to find out.
7. D.A. Points
OWGR beginning of 2014, now: 61, 127
FedEx Cup rank: 180
2014 lowlights: After winning in 2013, D.A. Points looked to be moving beyond his journeyman status. This season, he's made just 10 of 20 cuts. He's missed the cut or withdrawn in 10 of his last 11 starts.
Why he's here: When you go from tour winner one season to only making the cut half the time, you're slumping and underachieving. D.A. Points is well off the pace he's set in recent years.
6. Brandt Snedeker
OWGR beginning of 2014, now: 13, 32
FedEx Cup rank: 96
2014 lowlights: Brandt Snedeker has fallen from 13th to 32nd in the Official World Golf Ranking over the course of 2014. Although he's made 13 of 16 cuts, Snedeker has finished inside the top 10 only twice this season.
Why he's here: Snedeker's putter tinkering at the U.S. Open was a sign of a man in search of answers. Still, his T9 finish in the tournament could indicate a reversal of fortunes for the Vanderbilt grad. Snedeker is underachieving relative to our expectations that he'd capture a major and win more than once each season. Such is the lot of a FedEx Cup champion.
5. Kyle Stanley
OWGR beginning of 2014, now: 128, 218
FedEx Cup rank: 165
2014 lowlights: This season, Kyle Stanley has made just 12 of 21 cuts on the PGA Tour and has finished inside the top 25 just once. Last year, he made 12 of 24 cuts but had three top-10 finishes.
Why he's here: Another golfer who has struggled since making the transition to Nike clubs, Kyle Stanley is not taking any strides forward this season. As such, his OWGR position has suffered substantially.
4. John Peterson
OWGR beginning of 2014, now: 147, 234
FedEx Cup rank: 159
2014 lowlights: LSU alum John Peterson earned his PGA Tour card for 2014. He's suffering some growing pains, however. Peterson has made just 7 of 19 cuts and finds himself outside the top 150 in FedEx Cup points.
Why he's here: John Peterson tied for second at the Web.com's Tour Championship last year and was arguably that tour's best player. He finished inside the top five in his final five starts of the Web.com Tour season, so expectations were high when he made it to the big leagues.
3. Nicolas Colsaerts
OWGR beginning of 2014, now: 68, 134
FedEx Cup rank: 188
2014 lowlights: Nicolas Colsaerts has made just four of 12 cuts on the PGA Tour this season. He missed the cut at the U.S. Open and has recorded just one top-25 finish this season. Even worse, he's missed five consecutive cuts.
Why he's here: The Belgian Bomber was supposed to be the next big thing on the PGA Tour. In 2012, he made eight of nine cuts on the PGA Tour. In 2013, he made nine of 17. In other words, the long-hitting Belgian's game has been in a stall for a couple of years now.
2. Nick Watney
OWGR beginning of 2014, now: 30, 69
FedEx Cup rank: 144
2014 lowlights: Nick Watney missed three consecutive cuts, including The Players Championship, earlier this year. He also missed the cut at the U.S. Open. On the season, he has just one top-25 finish, and he missed the cut at the U.S. Open.
Why he's here: Since switching to Nike equipment, Nick Watney has had a pair of less than stellar years. He's plummeted in the Official World Golf Ranking and is having his worst season in recent memory.
1. Phil Mickelson
OWGR beginning of 2014, now: 5, 11
FedEx Cup rank: 80
2014 lowlights: For Phil Mickelson, 2014 hasn't been the best. In 15 starts on the PGA Tour, Mickelson has made 12 cuts. He missed the cut at the Masters and The Players, however, and hasn't recorded a top-10 finish this season.
Why he's here: At this point in his career, we expect Phil Mickelson to win on tour at least once per year. It's also surprising that Mickelson was an afterthought at the season's first two major championships. Thus, one of the most uber-talented golfers in recent tour history has underachieved.