The PGA Tour’s Biggest Movers of 2015 — The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

September 29, 2015

Who raised their game in 2015? Who fell off a cliff? We break down this season’s biggest movers–the good, the bad and the ugly.


Sean O’Hair
2014 FedEx finish: 160
2015 FedEx finish: 42

The biggest improvement in his game came on the greens. His putting average rank went from T-134 in 2014 to T-27 in 2015, so his strokes gained total ranking went from 133 in 2014 to 92 in 2015. He notched a runner-up finish at the Valspar Championship after losing playoff to Jordan Spieth.

Jim Herman
2014 FedEx finish: 182
2015 FedEx finish: 74

The biggest improvement in his game came in greens hit, where he climbed to second in 2015 after ranking T-55 in 2014 to 2nd in 2015. After failing to earn a top-25 finish in 2014, he collected eight in 2015, including a top-5 at the Zurich Classic in New Orleans.

David Lingmerth
2014 FedEx finish: 134
2015 FedEx finish: 37

The biggest improvement in his game came in fairways hit, where he went from 112th in 2014 to 46th in 2015. Lingmerth also played well on demanding courses, finishing third at the Quicken Loans and earning his first PGA Tour victory at Memorial.

Louis Oosthuizen
2014 FedEx finish: 124
2015 FedEx finish: 30

Louis’s biggest improvement was in his overall game, as he went from 77th in strokes gained tee-to-green in 2014 to 21st in 2015. After earning a single top-10 finish in 2014, he grabbed six in 2015, including runner-up finishes at the U.S. Open and Open Championship.


Ernie Els
2014 FedEx finish: 41
2015 FedEx finish: 173

This was the first time Els has been out of the top-70 since the series started in 2007. Every aspect of his game faltered in 2015 as he went from 49th in strokes gained total in 2014 to 158th in 2015. He didn’t have a single top-20 finish on the PGA Tour in 2015, the first time that has happened since he joined the Tour in 1994.

Angel Cabrera
2014 FedEx finish: 50
2015 FedEx finish: 180

As with Els, every aspect of Cabrera’s game slipped as he went from 80th in total strokes gained in 2014 to T-155th in 2015. He had only two top-25 finishes in 2015, his best being a T-15 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Geoff Ogilvy
2014 FedEx finish: 29
2015 FedEx finish: 154

Ogilvy missed the playoffs for the first time since it started. Every aspect of his game has regressed since 2012, but none more so than his putting. From 2003 to 2012, he was in the Top 50 of strokes gained putting seven times, but he was T-155 in 2013, 150th in 2014 and 139th in 2015. Last year, he won the Barracuda Championship, played under the Stableford system, but in 2015 he could only muster up one top-10 finish.