Rory McIlroy headlines five most surprising seasons in golf

Jason Day is in the midst of a surprisingly good season. (Getty Images)
Jason Day is in the midst of a surprisingly good season. (Getty Images)

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With Russell Henley's inclusion in our power rankings, I started thinking about a few other guys who have had surprising seasons so far this year.

That doesn't necessarily mean "good surprising" like Henley, just that these golfers are in a different place than we thought they would be at the start of the season.

On to the list:

1. Rory McIlroy -- His trials and tribulations are well-documented. The fact that he hasn't yet played an official round of golf on a Saturday or Sunday pretty much says it all.

2. Russell Henley -- Went from a relatively unknown rookie to one of the top 40 favorites at Augusta. Not bad for eight weeks work.

3. Jimmy Walker -- Walker has never finished better than 43rd in the FedEx Cup points race and currently sits 13th. He hasn't missed a cut yet and has two top five finishes. He's becoming a genuine force on the Tour.

4. Jason Day -- After last season's volatility, who knew what we'd get from Day this year. He's been spectacular so far -- even regaining some of that magic that saw him finish with two second-place finishes at majors in 2011.

5. Jonas Blixt -- The little Swede finished 35th on the money list last year but has missed four of six cuts and sits 116th in the FedEx Cup points race.

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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