Number Crunching 2012

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December 31, 2012 | 9:19 a.m.

Number Crunching 2012: Bob Estes

Jeff Rude
Bob Estes during the 2012 U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying at Lakeside Country Club in Houston, Texas on Monday, June 4, 2012.
Bob Estes during the 2012 U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying at Lakeside Country Club in Houston, Texas on Monday, June 4, 2012.

Who climbed and who dropped in 2012? Through Dec. 31, Golfweek.com takes a look at players who made significant moves up or down in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index this year.

Check out the entire series here.

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Bob Estes

Ranking/movement: +313 (No. 405 to No. 92)

Why the rise? Renewed health (post wrist injury), new instructor (the late Jim Flick), new swing (shaft no longer laid off), new grip (stronger, interlocking) and new irons (three-quarters of an inch longer, with lighter shafts).

Estes, 46, a four-time PGA Tour winner, damaged ligaments in his right wrist when he hit ...

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December 29, 2012 | 6 a.m.

Number Crunching 2012: Will Claxton

Brentley Romine
Will Claxton
Will Claxton

Who climbed and who dropped in 2012? Through Dec. 31, Golfweek.com takes a look at players who made significant moves up or down in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index this year.

Check out the entire series here.

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Will Claxton

Ranking/movement: +437 (No. 520 to No. 83)

Why the rise? Claxton credits his mental approach. He didn’t make any major swing or equipment changes in 2012. Instead, Claxton said, he simply has kept his focus after bad holes, bad rounds and bad tournaments. It may be a tad cliché, but that patient outlook has paid dividends – in earnings ...

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December 28, 2012 | 9:33 a.m.

Number Crunching 2012: Lloyd Saltman

Alistair Tait
Lloyd Saltman
Lloyd Saltman

Who climbed and who dropped in 2012? Through Dec. 31, Golfweek.com takes a look at players who made significant moves up or down in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index this year.

Check out the entire series here.

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Lloyd Saltman

Ranking/movement: - 319 (No. 215 to No. 534)

Why the fall? Money and competition.

Everything about Saltman’s season points to success except one vital stat: his position on the European Tour and European Challenge Tour money lists.

The Scotsman lost his European Tour card last year after finishing 133rd on the money list. As a result Saltman, 27, spent ...

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December 26, 2012 | 9:29 a.m.

Number Crunching 2012: Jodi Ewart

Julie Williams
Jodi Ewart of England
Jodi Ewart of England

Who climbed and who dropped in 2012? Through Dec. 31, Golfweek.com takes a look at players who made significant moves up or down in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index this year.

Check out the entire series here.

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Jodi Ewart

Ranking/movement: +147 (No. 217 to No. 70)

Why the rise? Putting.

Jodi Ewart is one of the few female professionals who brandishes a belly putter. In the first year using the club, Ewart credits it with increased consistency and confidence on the putting green.

Putting might be the biggest factor in Ewart’s increased success in 2012, but if ...

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December 24, 2012 | 6 a.m.

Number Crunching 2012: Thorbjorn Olesen

Alistair Tait
Thorbjorn Olesen waits on the first hole during the third round of the 141st Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club.
Thorbjorn Olesen waits on the first hole during the third round of the 141st Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club.

Who climbed and who dropped in 2012? Through Dec. 31, Golfweek.com takes a look at players who made significant moves up or down in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index this year.

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Thorbjorn Olesen

Ranking/movement: +547 (No. 603 to No. 56)

Why the rise? An improved putting setup and better game management.

It’s never easy to follow up an outstanding rookie debut with an even better season, but Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen has done it, rising a 2012-best 547 spots and into the top 60 of the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index.

Many thought Olesen should have been the ...

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December 23, 2012 | 10:23 a.m.

Number Crunching 2012: Pat Perez

Jeff Rude
Pat Perez hits off the 15th tee during Round One of the 94th PGA Championship at the Ocean Course on August 9, 2012 in Kiawah Island, S.C.
Pat Perez hits off the 15th tee during Round One of the 94th PGA Championship at the Ocean Course on August 9, 2012 in Kiawah Island, S.C.

Who climbed and who dropped in 2012? Through Dec. 31, Golfweek.com takes a look at players who made significant moves up or down in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index this year.

Check out the entire series here.

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Pat Perez

Ranking/movement: +52 (No. 92 to No. 40)

Why the rise? More consistency, a return to left-hand-low putting, improved attitude and stronger focus.

The games of many touring professionals have suffered when they’ve gone through divorce. But Perez elevated the consistency of his performance during what he called a “friendly” and “mutual” divorce that was finalized in summer. He ...

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December 22, 2012 | 12:13 p.m.

Number Crunching 2012: Robert Allenby

Alex Miceli
Robert Allenby
Robert Allenby

Who climbed and who dropped in 2012? Through Dec. 31, Golfweek.com takes a look at players who made significant moves up or down in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index this year.

Check out the entire series here.

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Robert Allenby

Ranking/movement: -315 (No. 51 to No. 366)

Why the fall? Lack of confidence.

Robert Allenby always has struggled to win on the PGA Tour, his last victory coming at the Marconi Pennsylvania Classic in 2001.

However,the Australian has been a consistent earner and regularly among the top 70 on the PGA Tour money list since 2000, but this ...

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December 21, 2012 | 8:48 a.m.

Number Crunching 2012: Esther Choe

Beth Ann Nichols
Esther Choe
Esther Choe

Who climbed and who dropped in 2012? Through Dec. 31, Golfweek.com takes a look at players who made significant moves up or down in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index this year.

Check out the entire series here.

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Esther Choe

Ranking/movement: Unranked to No. 136

Why the rise? A simpler approach. Choe went in for her first lesson with instructor Matt Mitchell after LPGA Q-School last winter and was told she had a terrible attitude. Her answers to many of Mitchell’s questions involved the words “used to.” The former top-ranked junior had struggled as a pro, finishing as ...

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December 20, 2012 | 8:10 a.m.

Number Crunching 2012: Zack Miller

Adam Schupak
Zack Miller
Zack Miller

Who climbed and who dropped in 2012? Through Dec. 31, Golfweek.com takes a look at players who made significant moves up or down in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index this year.

Check out the entire series here.

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Zack Miller

Ranking/movement: -488 (No. 503 to No. 991)

Why the fall? Miller’s confidence hit rock bottom at the Mayakoba Classic in February, where he shot 81-92. It was no fluke either. He shot 75 or higher in 13 of his 32 PGA Tour rounds this season, making four of 12 cuts and two of 14 on the Web.com ...

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December 19, 2012 | 8:45 a.m.

Number Crunching 2012: Branden Grace

Alex Miceli
Branden Grace
Branden Grace

Who climbed and who dropped in 2012? Through Dec. 31, Golfweek.com takes a look at players who made significant moves up or down in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index this year.

Check out the entire series here.

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Branden Grace

Ranking/movement: +292 (No. 360 to No. 68)

Why the rise? Maturity, putting and a new caddie.

Grace had his PGA European Tour card in 2010 and lost it. It was a harsh reality and a wake-up call for Grace.

Grace, 24, played well on the Challenge Tour in 2011, but needed Q-School to regain his European Tour card for ...

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December 18, 2012 | 9:17 a.m.

Number Crunching 2012: Tiffany Joh

Julie Williams
Tiffany Joh
Tiffany Joh

Who climbed and who dropped in 2012? Through Dec. 31, Golfweek.com takes a look at players who made significant moves up or down in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index this year.

Check out the entire series here.

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Tiffany Joh

Ranking/movement: -164 (No. 61 to No. 225)

Why the fall? Her play on the greens.

A year ago, Joh’s saving grace was her putting. She led the LPGA with a putting average of 26.75. The biggest difference in 2012? That average rose to 30.83, and she fell to No. 112 on tour. Joh calls last year ...

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December 17, 2012 | 6 a.m.

Number Crunching 2012: Amanda Blumenherst

Julie Williams
Amanda Blumenherst during the first round of the 2011 Kia Classic.
Amanda Blumenherst during the first round of the 2011 Kia Classic.

Who climbed and who dropped in 2012? Through Dec. 31, Golfweek.com takes a look at players who made significant moves up or down in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index this year.

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Amanda Blumenherst

Ranking/movement: -105 (No. 88 to No. 193)

Why the fall? The golf swing.

Blumenherst quickly acknowledges that her swing hasn’t been where she wants it to be since her senior year at Duke, where she was a four-time All-American. It has been a while since Blumenherst consistently could stand over the ball, feel comfortable and have confidence she wasn’t going to hit an ...

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December 16, 2012 | 10:26 a.m.

Number Crunching 2012: D.A. Points

Adam Schupak
D.A. Points
D.A. Points

Who climbed and who dropped in 2012? Through Dec. 31, Golfweek.com takes a look at players who made significant moves up or down in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index this year.

Check out the entire series here.

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D.A. Points

Ranking/movement: -133 (No. 91 to No. 224)

Why the fall? Poor putting.

How close was Points to validating his first career PGA Tour victory at the 2011 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am?

“I hit it as well as I’ve ever hit it in my career at Charlotte this year and didn’t make (any putts),” said ...

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December 15, 2012 | 8:26 a.m.

Number Crunching 2012: Kyle Stanley

Jeff Rude
Kyle Stanley
Kyle Stanley

Who climbed and who dropped in 2012? Through Dec. 31, Golfweek.com takes a look at players who made significant moves up or down in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index this year.

Check out the entire series here.

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Kyle Stanley

Ranking/movement: -78 (No. 52 to No. 130)

Why the fall? After losing a playoff in San Diego and winning at Phoenix in consecutive weeks in January-February, Stanley did not place in the top 15 in 23 starts the rest of the year. He missed nine cuts in that stretch, including four in a row in May.

“When you’re ...

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Jeff Rude
Kyle Stanley hits his tee shot on the seventh hole during the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open.
Kyle Stanley hits his tee shot on the seventh hole during the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open.

Editor's note: Who climbed and who dropped in 2012? Through Dec. 31, Golfweek.com takes a look at players who made significant moves up or down in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index this year.

Check out the entire series here.

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Kyle Stanley finally was alone after blowing a seven-shot lead during the Farmers Insurance Open final round. He was sitting against a wall in his room at the Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa. His head was in his hands, and he was crying. The only sound besides the sobbing came from his cellphone. It kept buzzing because of incoming ...

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