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Five golfers to watch in 2013

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer

Everybody knows Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are supposed to have big years. You probably also know Webb Simpson, Keegan Bradley and Bubba Watson are poised to capitalize on their 2012 successes.

Here are five guys, though, that might have flown under the radar at the end of 2012 but are ready to make some noise as we head into a brand new golf season.

Lee Westwood
2012 Top 10 percentage: 47%

2012 Money Won:
$3,015,519 (24th)

It's not like Westwood was bad in 2012, but he swooned in the middle of the year. After a T3 and T10 at the Masters and U.S. Open respectively, he tailed off with a T45 at the British Open and was cut at the PGA Championship. A late-season resurgance plus a full-time move to Florida should mean big things from the best player in the world without a major.
Charles Howell III
2012 Top 10 percentage: 7%

2012 Money Won:
$1,284,578 (68th)

Howell switched his coach at the end of 2012 and finished with three top 15s in his last three tournaments. The former Oklahoma State Cowboy hasn't won on tour since 2008 but a steady October/November and newfound confidence should give him momentum going into 2013.
Jason Day
2012 Top 10 percentage: 24%

2012 Money Won:
$1,143,232 (89th)

Jason Day had a really strange year. 17 tournaments played resulted in four cuts but also four top-10 appearances. He was injured quite often, so I expect with some time to heal and a better plan for 2013, we're going to see a big season from the young Australian.
Gary Woodland

2012 Top 10 percentage: 5%

2012 Money Won:
$592,879 (138th)

One of the breakout stars of 2011 (T17 on the money list), Woodland struggled mightily in 2012 due to the discomfort that comes from combining a new swing with an injured wrist. Woodland called his performance at the Players Championship -- he missed the cut -- "the most frustrated I've ever been on the golf course."

The only people frustrated in 2013 are going to be the guys chasing him down.

Harris English
2012 Top 10 percentage: 14%

2012 Money Won:
$1,186,003 (80th)

The highlight of English's pretty good rookie year on your was the 60-63 (!) he dropped to qualify for the British Open. Three top 10s and a top-100 money list finish set English up nicely for his second go-around on the pro circuit. Harris earned his stripes last year and I think he'll break through with his first win in 2013.
 
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