Bud Cauley
Bud Cauley
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2018–19 Fantasy Outlook
Cauley is among the group of "young guns" that hasn't quite hit their stride yet. Coincidently, another member of that group, Harris English, finished right behind Cauley on the FedEx points list last season. There's no doubt that both guys would rather be more accomplished at this point in their careers, but there's a lot of competition out there and there's no room to let up. Cauley has flashed a few times in PGA Tour career, most notably in 2012 when he posted six top-10s, but he's yet to win or even finish runner-up on the PGA Tour. The potential is there, but there are plenty of guys with potential on the PGA Tour and many of them actually live up to it. Cauley has enough upside to double his number from last season, but odds are, he'll be fighting to stay inside the top-125 again a year from now. Read Past Outlooks
T46 in return from injury
October 9, 2018
Cauley carded a four-over 76 on Sunday at the Safeway Open to finish four-under and tied for 46th.
ANALYSIS
Cauley was steady in his first three rounds since a car accident ended his 2017-18 campaign in early June, but he fell 31 spots down the leaderboard Sunday due to five bogeys and a double throughout his final 18 holes of the tournament. Cauley's ball striking suffered as he finished last in GIR percentage among those who made the cut, but he didn't lose touch with his short game en route to finishing fourth in SG: Around-the-Green and 12th in putts per GIR. He won't be making the trip to Malaysia for this week's CIMB Classic, with his next chance to return coming at the CJ Cup.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2012
2011
Entering the 2012 season, the hype surrounding Cauley was much like the hype surrounding Rahm and DeChambeau entering last season. Cauley didn't disappoint either as he posted six top-10s on his way to more than $1.7 million in earnings. What happened after that season though is a mystery. Over the next three seasons, Cauley missed 27 of 57 cuts and the jury was again out on his skills. He put some of those questions to rest last season and he again resembled the guy who played so well in 2012, but his ceiling is still unclear. With that in mind, Cauley carries a little too much risk and not quite enough reward this season.
After earning nearly $100k per start in an abbreviated 2011 season, Cauley quickly became a hot prospect. That momentum continued through the following season as he pulled-in over $1.7 million in earnings, but somewhere between that season on the following season, Cauley lost his game. Cauley spent the following two seasons just trying to crack the top-125 in earnings (failing both times) and it wasn't until last season that he finally started to put his game back together. It remains to be seen if Cauley can get back to his 2012 level, but the way he finished last season is promising; all of which makes Cauley an intriguing option in salary cap leagues this season. In draft leagues, Cauley should be drafted near round 10.
Cauley is a rarity among the top 50: He’s played the last three seasons on the PGA Tour, this past season finishing 143rd in the point standings, and regained his card by winning the Web.com Tour finals opener. But after missing the cut the next week, he underwent surgery to repair the labrum in his left shoulder. So even though he’s among the most-tested of the new grads – 38th in the FEC point standings in 2012 -- he will miss 4-6 months. He starts out fourth in the priority rankings, but it’s hard to miss that much time and succeed.
Four made cuts to end his 2013 PGA Tour season weren't enough to spare Cauley a trip to The Finals to save card.
After a late-season surge as a non-member in 2011, a lot was expected of Cauley in 2012, and he delivered. Cauley missed his fare share of cuts (seven of 28 events played), but for the most part, he remained pretty steady the entire year. While Cauley isn't a must at this price, he's pretty darn close. There's no reason to think he'll regress this season, and his upside is tremendous, so he's as good a pick as you'll find in this range. Cauley might go a little early in draft leagues because he was highly touted last season, but the fourth round is probably where he should be slotted.
How's this for exclusive company, last season Cauley became the sixth player in PGA Tour history to earn his card in summer and fall after leaving college and turning pro. The other five are Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Gary Hallberg, Justin Leonard and Ryan Moore. As a non-member, Cauley earned more than the 125th person on the money list, which means starting in January, he's a member of the PGA Tour. We've seen situations similar to this before and it doesn't always play out like you'd expect, but the future sure looks bright for Cauley.
21-year old Cauley, a rookie non-PGA Tour member, earned enough money through the McGladrey Classic, October 16, 2011, to safely project his position would be 112th on the final PGA Tour money list thus earning a 2012 PGA Tour playing card. He is the sixth player to do so.
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Set to return from lengthy absence
October 1, 2018
Cauley (ribs) is listed in the field for this week's Safeway Open.
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Will miss out on FedExCup Playoffs
Ribs
August 20, 2018
Cauley (ribs) will not be in the field for this week's Northern Trust as he continues to recover from the June car accident that ultimately ended his 2017-18 campaign, Rob Bolton of PGATour.com reports.
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Out indefinitely
Ribs
June 4, 2018
Cauley withdrew from the FedEx St. Jude Classic on Monday and will be out indefinitely after being involved in a car accident Friday, according to Rob Bolton of PGATour.com.
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Involved in car crash Friday
Ribs
June 2, 2018
Cauley was involved in a car crash Friday night and suffered broken ribs, a collapsed lung and a fractured lower-left leg, Rex Hoggard of the Golf Channel reports.
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Moves inside top-25 at Harbour Town
April 17, 2018
Cauley fired a three-under 68 on Sunday at the RBC Heritage to finish six-under and tied for 23rd.
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