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Top 20 Golfers for 2012 Majors: No. 19 Trevor Immelman


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. 19:Trevor Immelman

Born: Dec. 16, 1979, Cape Town, South Africa | Career PGA Tour Wins: 2 (4 European Tour) 2011 Wins (Worldwide): 0 | 2011 Earnings (PGA Tour): $1,165,604 | World Ranking: 144

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Brandel Chamblee's Take:
The 2008 Masters champion has been relatively absent from leaderboards for the last few years because of an injury to his left wrist and a subsequent surgery and rehab. As 2011 wore on, however, his wrist became flexible enough that he could, for the first time in years, set the angle completely at the top of his swing. This means that his inaccurate driving over the last few years is on the mend, and the results bear this out. Trevor tied for 12th at the PGA Championship and posted a fifth and a sixth at the last two events of the Fall Finish. 
More important, he was one of the most accurate drivers of the ball in the last few months of 2011. It looks as if Trevor will finally have his health, his confidence and one of the best swings in the history of the game to start the 2012 majors season.

Major Championship Résumé
Starts: 31
Wins: 1

2011 Performance:
 Masters - T15
 U.S. Open - Cut
 British Open - T38
 PGA Championship - T12

Best Career Finishes: 
Masters - 1st (2008)
U.S. Open - T21 (2006)
British Open - T15 (2005)
PGA Championship - T6 (2007)
Top-10 Finishes: 3
Top-25 Finishes: 12
Missed Cuts: 8

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