Welcome to Playing the Field, where we survey the key players and stories at each tournament, giving you the guys to watch and the stories to know. Today, we shimmy over to Charlotte for the Quail Hollow Championship.
Sean O'Hair. He won here last year and despite not having his best year in 2010, coming back to a venue you've had success on can be the best golf lesson imaginable.
Jim Furyk. Well, let's see ... he's playing great this season, he has won this tournament before, and he is always a threat at any venue that is set up like a U.S. Open. If Furyk wins, is he the early favorite for Player of the Year?
Dustin Johnson. He won at Pebble Beach, and seems to be the one young guy that can play well on a consistent basis. With three par-4s at 490, Johnson's length will help him get the ball close when others cannot.
Phil Mickelson. Oh, Lefty is in the field? Who would have known with YouKnowWho. The Masters champion makes his first start since the Augusta win. He will continue to be at the top of the list for the rest of the year. He also finished tied for fifth last year here, closing with a nice little 67, so the positive thoughts have to be flowing for Mr. Phil.
Tiger Woods. The media circus rolls into Charlotte, and it won't be as Augusta-y as it was earlier this month at the Masters? What crazy stuff will happen? How will his game be in his second time out? Will he wear a Nickelback shirt during any of the rounds? Nobody knows, but one thing is for sure: when Woods is in the field, the golf world perks up, and we're excited.
All right, you're up. Who's your pick for this weekend? Go!!!
- Jim Furyk