As summer rolls on toward August, it is hard to take a look at the PGA Tour this year and determine who exactly is the player of the year.
Ernie Els leads the FedEx Cup Standings, as he has most of the year. But he has been far from overwhelming, especially since his two wins earlier in the year. He has stayed on top more out of default than anything else.
Steve Stricker has been Mr. Consistent. Justin Rose has had a breakout year. Phil Mickelson won the first major at Augusta, but hasn't done a whole lot since.
With the PGA Championship still on the horizon and likely to decide the player of the year, here is a quick look at the 10 top players so far this year on the PGA Tour.
It tells you a lot about a year that a guy who hasn't played in about two months is in top 10. Kim has been battling a thumb injury, and although he expected to be back by now, it is still bothering his grip.
Before the injury Kim had entered eight tourneys, won one and had four top 10 finishes. He is still in the top ten in the Fed Ex standings at No. 9.
Kim's likely return will be the week before the PGA Championship at Firestone Country Club in Akron. If all goes well expect to see him in the field at the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.
Johnson won at Pebble Beach in February, getting his year off to a quick start. Three other top 10 finishes to go with the win, Johnson is tenth in the Fed Ex Cup standings.
The 26 year-old native of South Carolina is sixth in the American Ryder Cup standings. The top eight are guaranteed a spot on the team, but even if Dustin were to slip out of the top eight it is likely captain Corey Pavin would add him to the team.
Still the world's number one player, I just can't keep him off the list. Woods has entered only seven events all year, which has his Fed Ex Cup spot way down at 107. But he does have two top tens and they were both in majors; two fourth place finishes, one at The Masters and one at the U.S. Open.
Woods, despite only seven events entered, is seventh on the Ryder Cup list for the American team.
Kuchar has had a solid year. The 32 year old from Florida has entered 18 tournaments and made 15 cuts. No wins, but seven top 10s.
Kuchar is seventh on the Fed Ex Cup list and eighth on the Ryder Cup list for the Americans.
A solid, strong season.
Fourteen events, five top 10s and one win. Not a typical Mickelson year. Yet, you still can't overlook him.
Ranked second in the world and two of his top ten finishes were at majors; The Masters (a win) and the U.S. Open.
Mickelson is fourth in the Fed Ex Cup standings and first on the U.S. Ryder Cup list for the United States.
Although Lee plays primarily on the PGA Tour, he plays enough in Europe still to hurt him on this list. If he played exclusively in the states he would be first or second in the rankings.
Westwood has played in 10 PGA events. He has made the cut in all 10, with six top 10 finishes. He won at the St. Jude Classic in June.
Second at the Masters and also second at The Open, and in between a 16th at the U.S. Open.
Ranked third in the world. If he were to win the PGA Championship it would elevate him him to the top.
Two wins this year, but they both came early. In March at the Transitions Championship and in April at the Verizon Heritage.
Furyk is fifth on the Fed Ex Cup list and third in the U.S. Ryder Cup team standings.
Downside of the year is he has missed the cut at two of three majors; the Masters and the British Open.
Two wins this year, tying him for the PGA Tour lead in wins with Justin Rose, Ernie Els and Jim Furyk.
Stricker is second in Fed Ex Cup points, ranked fourth in the world rankings, and is second on the U.S. Ryder Cup team standings.
Recently won at the John Deere Classic.
Strong, consistent year.
Rose has had a breakout year at 30 years of age. Won his first PGA Tour event at the Memorial in early June, and then a month later won again at the AT&T.
Rose didn't even qualify for the first two majors of the year. He has turned another ho-hum year into his best ever.
One of only four players with two wins on tour this year. No one has three.
Third in FedEx Cup standings and has moved all the way up to 17th in the World Rankings.
Quite a story in a year of very few stories. Els, at 40 years of age, is having a comeback year.
Two wins and six top 10 finishes in 14 tournaments entered. He is first in Fed Ex Cup standings and ranked sixth in the world.
Finished third at the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach after an 18th place finish at Augusta. One blemish for the year was a missed cut at St. Andrews for the Open.
In a year when no one seems to want to claim the golfer of the year, the 40 year Els may just take it.