There will be five new members joining the ranks of the PGA TOUR next season. Ryo Ishikawa, Peter Hanson, Nicolas Colsaerts and David Lynn will join the TOUR as non-members that finished the 2012 season within the top 125 on the money list. Martin Kaymer will join using his five-year exemption from his win at the 2010 PGA Championship.
No question this brings more strength to the PGA TOUR. Four of the five are ranked in the OWGR top 50. Hanson is the highest at #19. Kaymer is #30, Colsaerts is #35 and Lynn is #45. Ishikawa is the lowest at #77.
Hanson won twice on the European Tour this season and added six top-10s. Since the beginning of 2012, he has risen up the OWGR by 25 spots as he started 2012 as the world’s #44 player. Since his T7 at the PGA Championship, Hanson won the KLM Open and the BMW Masters. At the BMW Masters, he held off #1 Rory McIlroy to claim the title.
Kaymer hasn’t had any sustained success since he captured the 2010 PGA, but if his last three tournaments are any indication, he’s already building momentum for the 2013 season. He was T11 at the BMW Masters. Since then, Kaymer has posted back-to-back top-10s with a solo 9th at the WGC-HSBC and a T3 at SA Open Championship. Since the beginning of 2012, his rank has fallen from #4 to his current rank of #30
Until this year, Colsaerts was a secret to some PGA fans. Not anymore. Taking home a win at the Volvo Match Play is no small task. A T7 at the PGA and Wyndham Championship proved he can not only play at majors, but compete with other PGA TOUR players. He’s added a pair of top-10s on the European Tour with a T8 at the KLM Open and a T5 at BMW Italian Open. He began the year #74 up to his current spot of #35.
Lynn might be the least known of the five. His current ranking of 45th is largely due to his solo 2nd at the PGA. When 2012 got underway, he was #94. Since the year’s final major, Lynn hasn’t been particularly sharp, missing three cuts in his last eight events and no top-10 finishes. He does own two other top-10 finishes on the European Tour.
Ishikawa may be the most intriguing of these five. Ryo did win once on the Japan tour and added five top-10 finishes. He finshed 9th on that tour’s money list. He also grabbed two top-10s on the PGA Tour earning a 2nd in Puerto Rice where he finished two strokes behind winner George McNeill.
A couple of years ago, people were starting to pit he and Rors against one another. While McIlroy has ascended to the top of the OWGR, Ishikawa has taken a different path. In this year alone, Ryo has dropped from 48th to his current spot of 77th.