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Top 20 Golfers for 2012 Majors: No. 17 Fredrik Jacobson


They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2012 — the Athlon Major Championship Dream Team. Throughout the month of March, we'll be unveiling Athlon Sports’ 20 players to watch for majors season, with commentary on each from the Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee.

No. 17:Fredrik Jacobson

Born: Sept. 26, 1974, Gothenburg, Sweden| Career PGA Tour Wins: 1 (3 on European Tour)|2011 Wins (Worldwide): 1| 2011 Earnings (PGA Tour): $2,488,325 World Ranking: 40

Brandel Chamblee's Take:

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Outside of the heavy favorites with obvious attributes that separate them from the masses in the middle, there are two things that matter most: attitude and the ability to hole a putt. 
Fredrik Jacobson gets the most out of his scrappy game because he doesn’t beat himself up and rarely gives away strokes on the greens. Long known as a player who could scramble, in recent years he has put together solid ball-striking weeks to go with his considerable skills around the greens. In 2011 he broke through with a win at the Travelers Championship to go with solid weeks at the U.S. and British Opens, where he finished tied for 14th and 16th respectively. In the fall at the WGC-HSBC, he led most of the week before finishing second. I have no doubt that 2011 has set up this 37-year-old Swede for his best year in the majors, starting with The Masters, where he will be playing for the first time since 2005.

Major Championship Résumé
Starts: 22
Wins: 0

2011 Performance:
Masters - DNP
U.S. Open - T14
British Open - T16
PGA Championship - Cut

Best Career Finishes: 
Masters - T17 (2004)
U.S. Open - T5 (2003)
British Open - T6 (2003)
PGA Championship - T17 (2004)
Top-10 Finishes: 2
Top-25 Finishes: 8
Missed Cuts: 10

—Brandel Chamblee is lead analyst for the Golf Channel. Be sure to follow him @ChambleeBrandel on Twitter.