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The Sports Xchange's PGA Tour rankings, selected by TSX Golf Staff, based on performance in 2013-14.

1. Adam Scott, Australia -- There are no events listed on the schedule page at adamscott.com until the 143rd Open Championship in three weeks at Royal Liverpool in England, so even though the Aussie said recently that he might start playing more, we might not see him again until the third major of the year. He has played something of a reduced schedule in recent years in an effort to peak for the Grand Slam events, and it paid off with eight top-10 finishes and 12 top-25 results since 2011. ... Scott played once in each of the last three years between the U.S. Open and the Open Championship, in what is now the Quicken Loans National, but he will not be at Congressional this week. He finished third at Congressional two years ago, three shots behind winner Tiger Woods, the tournament host. Scott bounced back from an opening 4-over-par 75, shooting 67 in the second and last rounds. That came a year after he tied for third when the event was played at Aronimink, but he missed the cut in 2007 and tied for 57th last year, both at Congressional in his only other appearances. He missed the cut when the U.S. Open was contested at Congressional in 2011, so perhaps he is not all that wild about the course. ... Scott rose to the No. 1 position in the World Golf Rankings this year on the strength of six top-10 finishes, including a playoff victory over PGA champion Jason Dufner in the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. It probably should not be a surprise that he won in his second start after tying for 14th in his title defense at the Masters. He could be ready for a big second half of the season.

2. Martin Kaymer, Germany -- It should be quite a sight when Kaymer plays this week before the home fans in the BMW International at Golf Club Gut Larchenhof in Cologne for the first time since becoming the first German to win the U.S. Open. He held up well after winning the 2010 PGA Championship for his first major title, rising to No. 1 in the World Golf Rankings and holding the top spot for six weeks the following year before going into a tailspin after making swing changes. Now he has joined his idol, two-time Masters champion Bernhard Langer, as the only Germans to win two major golf titles. ... Kaymer is playing in the BMW International for the 10th time, and he claimed the title in 2008, when he built a big cushion with scores of 68-63-67. However, he closed with a 3-over-par 75 and needed a birdie on the first playoff hole to beat Anders Hansen of Denmark at Golfclub Munchen Nord-Eichenried in Munich. Kaymer has only one other top-10 finish in the tournament, a tie for fourth last year in Munich when he opened with a 64 but finished three strokes behind winner Ernie Els. He missed the cut three times. ... By winning the U.S. Open at Pinehurst, Kaymer rose to No. 11 in the World Golf Rankings after falling as far as No. 61 only seven weeks ago. He also rose to No. 2 in the European Tour's Race to Dubai behind Thomas Bjorn of Denmark, and he climbed to No. 5 in the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup Race. Kaymer is third on the World Points List and is third on the Euro List, so he seems to be a lock to make the European Ryder Cup team.

3. Tiger Woods, United States -- When word got out early last week that Woods was seen hitting full shots at his home club, Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Fla., nobody expected that he would announce Friday that he would play this week in the Quicken Loans National, which benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation. He was limited to chipping and putting by doctors until recently after undergoing back surgery on March 31, and speculation was that he hoped to return next month for the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool, where he won in 2006, but he obviously is ahead of schedule. ... Woods said he expects to be rusty this week at Congressional, where he is the tournament host and won the event in 2009 and 2012. Five years ago, he closed with a 3-under-par 67 to hold off Hunter Mahan, who closed with a 62, by one stroke thanks to a 20-foot birdie putt on the 16th hole. In 2012, Tiger played the last three rounds in 69-67-69 to beat Bo Van Pelt by two shots. He has missed the tournament three times because of injuries, including last year. ... Woods will show up at Congressional with a new sponsor and golf bag, having signed on with MusclePharm Corporation, a scientifically driven, performance-lifestyle sports nutrition company. In addition to having the company name on his golf bag, he will appear in advertisements and commercials, and he will promote the company in personal appearances and on social media. Woods joins the MusclePharm stable that also includes bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger, quarterback Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers and wide receiver Eric Decker of the New York Jets.

4. Bubba Watson, United States -- Despite posting three scores in the 60s in the birdie-fest that is the Travelers Championship, Watson simply could not go low enough, and he wound up in a tie for 31st. Since claiming his second Masters title in three years two months ago, he played his best golf only once, finishing solo third in the Memorial Tournament when he had a chance to win before closing with an even-par 72. He missed the cut in the U.S. Open at Pinehurst. ... Bubba is going to take a week off, passing on the Quicken Loans National at Congressional, before he plays in the Greenbrier Classic for the second time after finishing in a tie for 30th last year on the Old White TPC. He joined the staff at the Greenbrier Resort, wears the logo on his golf shirt, and is building a second home for his family on the property in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. ... Watson shot 3-under-par 67 in the first and third rounds last week at TPC River Highlands, playing bogey-free on Thursday and getting through 14 holes without a miscue until he carded a bogey at No. 15 after making birdies on three of the previous five holes. With another round in the 60s, he possibly could have finished in the top 10, but he ran into trouble on the back nine while recording a 72 in the second round. Watson started the back side with two consecutive birdies, and he added another on No. 15, but he hit into the water on the 13th hole en route to a double-bogey 7 and added bogeys on the 14th and 16th.

5. Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland -- For the second consecutive year, McIlroy's return to Ireland did not go as planned. He shot 74-69--143 to miss the cut by one stroke in the Irish Open at Fota Island Resort in County Cork. He also failed to reach the weekend last year at Carton House in County Kildare, and he finished in the top 10 only twice in eight appearances in his national championship. ... Rory has played 14 times on both major tours this season, with his only victory coming in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. He will take two weeks off at home before brushing up on his links skills in the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Royal Aberdeen. The following week, he will go for the third leg of the modern career Grand Slam in the 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool. ... McIlroy's week did not start well when his clubs did not arrive with him in Ireland and United Airlines scrambled to get them back to him Wednesday, the day before the start of the Irish Open. He had a difficult time reacquainting himself with his sticks, shooting what he called a "sloppy" 3-over-par 74 in round one, when he scattered six bogeys across his scorecard. McIlroy, the highest-ranked player in the world in the field at No. 6, tried to rally in round two with three birdies in a span of four holes through No. 6. However, a double-bogey 7 on the fourth hole proved to be costly in the long run. Two brilliant shots set up a 3-foot eagle putt on the 10th hole, and he made birdies on the last two holes, but he fell one shot short.

6. Henrik Stenson, Sweden -- Coming off top-10 finishes in each of his last three starts, capped by a tie for fourth in the U.S. Open at Pinehurst, Stenson returns from a week off to play on the European Tour this week in the BMW International Open at Golf Club Gut Larchenhof in Germany. In his last three outings on the Euro Tour, he tied for fifth in the Volvo China Open, tied for seventh in the BMW PGA Championship and was solo fifth in the Nordea Masters in Sweden, and he has six straight top-20 finishes on the circuit. ... The big Swede is playing in the BMW International Open for the 11th time, and he took home the title in 2006. He closed with rounds of 68-66-68 and then beat Padraig Harrington of Ireland and Retief Goosen of South Africa with an eagle on the first playoff hole at Golfclub Munchen Nord-Eichenried. After missing the cut the first two times he played the event, Stenson has recorded five top-10 results, including a tie for sixth two years ago at Gut Larchenhof and a tie for 10th last year in Munich. He also tied for ninth in 2009 in Munich, when he opened with an 8-under-par 64 but could not keep up that pace. ... Coming off a career year in which he became the first player to capture the Race to Dubai and the FedEx Cup, Stenson posted only one top-10 finish -- a tie for fifth in the Arnold Palmer Invitational -- in eight events on the PGA Tour until his strong result at Pinehurst. However, this is when he started to heat up last year, when he finished second in the Open Championship, tied for second in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and was solo third in the PGA Championship.

7. Jimmy Walker, United States -- The FedEx Cup points leader still has not listed his next tournament on the schedule page at jimmywalkergolf.com, and he might not play again on the United States until after he returns from the Open Championship in three weeks at Royal Liverpool. However, his name popped up last week on the commitment list for the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Royal Aberdeen a week before the third major of the year. ... Jimmy probably needed a break anyway, because he has played 19 times already in his breakthrough season at the age of 35, including his first three victories on the PGA Tour and eight results in the top 10. He won the Frys.com Open, the first event on the new wraparound schedule for 2013-14 in October, and tied for 12th in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open the next week before finishing sixth in the CIMB Classic in Malaysia. He has been on top of the point standings virtually from the outset. ... Walker played in the Open Championship for the first time last year, when he shot 72-79--151 to miss the cut by one stroke at Muirfield, so it is probably a good idea that for him to go to Scotland ahead of the third major to get in some experience on links courses. Many American pros head to the United Kingdom early to get in practice on links layouts, often making it a working vacation with family and friends. Walker showed this year that he might be a major player, tying for eighth in the Masters and tying for ninth in the U.S. Open.

8. Matt Kuchar, United States -- Posting three scores in the 60s was not enough for Kuchar to post his 10th finish in the top-10 on the PGA Tour this season, as he finished in a tie for 31st in the Travelers Championship. He is tied for the lead in top-10s this season with nine, but he has gone four events without posting one. It hasn't been all that bad, as after missing the cut in the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, as he tied for 15th in the Memorial and tied for 12th in the U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2. ... Kooch has played 17 times on the PGA Tour this season, including six of the past seven weeks, so he is headed for a break and probably will not play again until the 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool in three weeks. He again will be seeking his first major title when he gets to England after tying for fifth in the Masters and playing well in the U.S. Open in the first two Grand Slam tournaments of the season. ... Kuchar still had a good chance to finish in the top 10 last week at TPC River Highlands heading to the last round, but that opportunity disappeared when he hit two balls into the water on the 13th hole on his way to a double-bogey 7. He wound up with a 1-under-par 69, but what really proved to be costly was his finish the day before, when he made bogeys on the last three holes and had six all day while posting a 72. He started out on fire, shooting a 4-under-par 66 that included a 54-foot eagle putt on the 15th hole, and he shot 67 the next day, with his only bogey in the first 36 holes coming at No. 16 on Friday.

9. Justin Rose, England -- Often when a first-time major winner finishes his year as reigning champion, the pressure eases a bit and he is able to play better. Not that Rose has played poorly, but he has not won since the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion, and with a tie for 12th in his defense at Pinehurst No. 2 in his rearview mirror, he might be able to regain the form that took him to victory in the second major of 2013. He gets his first shot this week in the Quicken Loans National at Congressional. ... Rosy is playing in the National for the fifth time, but the first time since 2011. He won the tournament in 2010 at Aronimink, near Philadelphia, taking the lead with scores of 69-64-67 before holding on with a closing even-par 70 to beat charging Ryan Moore, who shot 65, by one stroke. The Englishman held on with seven straight pars down the stretch a week after blowing a three-stroke lead in the Travelers by imploding on the back nine and closing with a 75. He tied for 15th in his title defense at Aronimink. In the two years he played the tournament at Congressional, he tied for 30th in 2007 and tied for 16th in 2009. Last year, he withdrew before the start of the tournament, citing exhaustion following his victory at Merion. When the U.S. Open was played at Congressional in 2011, he shot 74-73--147 and missed the cut by one shot. ... According to the schedule page at justinrose.com, he will take the next two weeks off before he plays his first Grand Slam event in England as a major champion in the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool.

10. Phil Mickelson, United States -- Since he can't find a way to finish in the top 10 on the PGA Tour, having failed to do so in all 15 starts this season, Lefty might not play again until his back-to-back title defenses in the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open and the 143rd Open Championship. The first comes in two weeks at Royal Aberdeen, where he will defend the title he won at Castle Stuart, and then it is the Open at Royal Liverpool a year after he claimed the third leg of the modern career Grand Slam at Muirfield. ... Mickelson played in the Greenbrier Classic each of the last three years, but as of the weekend there was no indication that he will be at the West Virginia event again next week, even though he and his family enjoy all the activities at the resort. Perhaps it is because he missed the cut in all three of his appearances on the Old White TPC, breaking the par of 70 only when he shot 68 in the second round last year. He missed the cut by three strokes despite playing the back nine in 4-under 32. ... Mickelson's best results on the PGA Tour this year were ties for 11th in the Wells Fargo Championship and the FedEx St. Jude Classic, and he hasn't broken 70 in the final round since he shot 65 to finish 14th in the WGC-HSBC Champions in China last November. He hasn't seemed to be that far away at times, with seven finishes in the top 20, and his highest finish of the year was a tie for second in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on the Middle East Swing of the European Tour in January.

11. Patrick Reed, United States -- Reed's recent struggles in a breakthrough season, which includes two victories, continued last week when he shot 70-71--141 to miss the cut by two strokes in the Travelers Championship. He failed to reach the weekend for the fifth time in his last seven tournaments and the sixth time overall this season, but his life changed recently when his wife/caddie Justine gave birth to their daughter, Windsor-Wells. ... Reed will try to regain the form he had earlier this season when he plays this week in the Quicken Loans National at Congressional for the second time. Last year, he bounced back from a 6-over-par 76 in the first round to make the cut with a 64 the next day, but he could manage only 74-71 on the weekend to finish in a tie for 34th. Patrick hasn't finished in the top 30 in his last eight tournaments, since the biggest victory of his career in the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral early in March. ... Following his opening round of even-par 70 last week, which included four birdies and four bogeys at TPC River Highlands, Reed got off to a good start the next day with birdies on the 12th and 15th holes after opening on the 10th hole. However, he made a double-bogey 6 on the 18th hole and added three bogeys on the front nine. Reed tried to rally, making a birdie on the sixth hole, but he closed with three consecutive pars and was on his way out of town. He hopes to get it back this week and in the John Deere Classic in two weeks ahead of his first start in the Open Championship.

12. Dustin Johnson, United States -- It appeared that Johnson was going to be a big factor in the Travelers Championship when he opened with scores of 66-66, but he played the weekend in 71-71 to wind up in a tie for 31st. It was similar to his performance a week earlier in the U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2, where he opened with 69-69 but could not match that while playing the weekend in 70-73 and winding up in a tie for fourth. Although he has played very well at times this season, he has not won since his first event of the campaign at the WGC-HSBC Champions in China in November. ... After playing in 15 tournaments on the PGA Tour this season despite being sidelined for several weeks earlier in the year because of a nagging back injury, DJ might not play again before the Open Championship in three weeks at Royal Liverpool. Last year, his only event between the second and third majors of the year was the BMW International Open in Germany, but he is not in the field this week after finishing in a tie for 18th last June. ... Johnson carded a total of 12 birdies in his first 36 holes last week at TPC River Highlands, but he could manage only five more on the weekend. He was bogey-free in round one until stumbling on the 18th hole, but he came back with seven birdies the next day. Things began to go sideways when DJ made bogeys on three of the last five holes in round three en route to his first 71, and after an opening birdie on Sunday, he needed four shots to reach the fourth green, where he missed a 7-foot putt for bogey. He had only one birdie left in him, at No. 11.

13. Zach Johnson, United States -- A year that started with such promise continued to go in the wrong direction for Johnson last week, when he shot 71-73--144 to miss the cut by five strokes in the Travelers Championship. He won the Hyundai Tournament of Champions to start the new year and had four finishes in the top 10 early, but he has not posted another in his last eight tournaments. He missed the weekend for the second time, the other coming at the beginning of his skid in the Masters. ... With 18 tournaments under his belt already this season, Zach is going to take two weeks off before playing in the John Deere Classic, a tournament he never misses. That is because TPC Deere Run is not far from his childhood home in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and because he plays so well there. Johnson won the tournament in 2012 and finished in the top three four of the last five years, losing in a playoff to Jordan Spieth last year. He will take the tournament's charter flight to England for the Open Championship a few hours after the final putt falls. ... Johnson didn't play all that badly in his opening 1-over-par 71 last week at TPC River Highlands, other than a costly triple-bogey 6 on the eighth hole, where he hit his tee ball into the water. In his bid to make the cut the next day, he started with birdies on the first and sixth holes before stumbling again with a double-bogey 6 on the seventh hole. He carded three bogeys and no birdies on the back nine to finish with a 73 that sent him packing.

14. Jason Dufner, United States -- There was no indication when the reigning PGA champion might play again until his name showed up Friday on the official field list for the Quicken Loans National, which much have been a last-minute decision. He was not on any of the early commitment lists. He will be playing for the 15th time this season, including once on the European Tour, and he will be trying to bounce back from his second missed cut of the year in the U.S. Open two weeks ago. ... Duf will be playing in the National for the third time, and he has not performed well, either at Congressional or Aronimink. He finished in a tie for 48th at Congressional in 2009, and he was 70th (or next to last among the golfers who played 72 holes) a year later at Aronimink, where he also missed the cut in 2011. He broke 70 only once in 10 rounds in the tournament. Jason also missed the cut when he U.S. Open was played at Congressional in 2011. ... Dufner will defend his PGA title at Valhalla in about six weeks, and he was on hand in Louisville for PGA Championship media day last week. As part of the day's activities, he hit shots with jockeys Corey Lanerie and Robby Albarado from the famed Twin Spires at Churchill Downs, site of the Kentucky Derby, to a green in the Winner's Circle on the infield. Albarado hit his tee shot from 102 yards to within a foot of the hole, bettering Dufner, whose shot landed a bit farther away to the left of the flag. Also on hand were Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear and football coach Bobby Petrino of the University of Louisville.

15. Jordan Spieth, United States -- After a week off following a tie for 17th in his first appearance in the U.S. Open as a pro, Spieth will get right back to work when he plays in the Quicken Loans National. He will be playing for the 19th time this season on the PGA Tour and is easily on pace to surpass the total of 23 he played a year ago on his way to becoming Rookie of the Year. As he says, he is only 20 and can handle the busy schedule. ... Jordan will be playing in the National for the third time. Last year he was tied for the 36-hole lead with Roberto Castro after opening with 69-66 before stumbling with a 4-over-par 74 in round three. A closing 69 left him in solo sixth, six shots behind champion Bill Haas. Spieth also shot 75-75--150 to miss the cut by two strokes as an amateur in 2012 in the tournament at Congressional. ... Spieth is playing at least as well as he did last season as a rookie, with nine finishes in the top 10 to tie Matt Kuchar for the lead in that department. The only thing missing is his second victory on the circuit, and in two weeks he will defend his title in the John Deere Classic, where last year he holed a bunker shot on the 72nd hole before beating Zach Johnson and David Hearn in a playoff. Spieth's play last year landed him on the U.S. team for the Presidents Cup, as Tom Watson made him a captain's pick, but this year he is in good shape to make the Ryder Cup on his own merit at No. 5 in the standings.

16. Sergio Garcia, Spain -- Garcia might have wound up with his ninth PGA Tour victory had not Kevin Streelman closed with seven consecutive birdies to post a second straight 6-under-par 64 and win the Travelers Championship by one stroke over Sergio and K.J. Choi. The Spaniard was in the hunt all the way, closing with a 67 and making an 11-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole before missing from 29 feet on the final hole in an effort to force a playoff. It was his sixth top-10 finish of the season on the PGA Tour, and he has finished in the top three in three of his last five tournaments on the circuit. ... Sergio is heading back to Europe and will play this week in the BMW International Open at Golf Club Gut Larchenhof in Germany. He will be making his seventh start in the tournament, including the last five in a row, and he finished in the top 10 three times. Garcia played the weekend in 64-68 to get into a playoff with fellow Spaniard Pablo Larrazabal in 2011, but he lost to a birdie on the fifth extra hole. He also tied for seventh in both 2001 and last year, but all three of those tournaments were played at Golfclub Munchen Nord-Eichenried in Munich. He tied for 29th two years ago at Gut Larchenhof. ... Garcia posted four rounds in the 60s last week at TPC River Highlands, and the result might have been different had he not carded his only bogeys of the final round on the ninth and 10th holes. He recorded 65s in the first and third rounds, making only one bogey each day, and he had a 69 in round two.

17. Webb Simpson, United States -- Following a week off after a disappointing tie for 45th in the U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2, Simpson will play the next two weeks in the Quicken Loans National and the Greenbrier Classic. He has played 15 times in the 2013-14 season and will be looking for the form that took him to four top-10 finishes in his first five tournaments, including his fourth victory on the PGA Tour in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in his first event of the campaign. ... Webb will tee it up for the fourth time in the National, but only the second when the event was played at Congressional. He posted a tie for eighth in 2011 at Aronimink the last time he played in the tournament in 2011, charging into contention with a 6-under-par 64 in the third round. However, he could manage only a 70 on Sunday and finished six strokes behind winner Nick Watney. Simpson also tied for 35th at Congressional in his first appearance in the tournament in 2009 and tied for 41st the next year at Aronimink, which was the tournament venue for two years because Congressional was preparing to host the 2011 U.S. Open. When the second major of the year rolled around, he tied for 14th at Congressional before winning it a year later at the Olympic Club. ... Because of his fast start to the season, Simpson remains in good shape in the FedEx Cup standings and on the money list, but he has fallen to 16th in the U.S. Ryder Cup standings. That leaves him with plenty of work to do to earn one of the nine automatic spots for the matches in September.

18. Jason Day, Australia -- Trying to get all the way back to the form he showed earlier this season when he won the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in February after winning the individual title in the World Cup of Golf two months earlier, Day saved his best for last in the Travelers Championship. He played the weekend in 67-65 and climbed to a tie for 18th following a tie for fourth in the U.S. Open, playing two weeks in a row for the first time since December. ... Day, trying to make up for lost time after missing at least half of this season so far because of a nagging left thumb injury that has limited him to seven events, made a late commitment last week to play in the Quicken Loans National at Congressional. He is playing in the tournament for the sixth time, and his best result was a tie for eighth two years ago at Congressional. However, Day's best chance to win it was the year before at Aronimink, where he was at the top of the leaderboard after opening with 66-68, but he played the weekend in 71-72 and slid to a tie for ninth. He missed the cut in his first two appearances but has played well in the National since, also tying for 21st last year. ... Day started the Travelers in decent shape with 70-69 before really heating up on the weekend. He made a total of only four birdies in the first 36 holes, including only one on Thursday, but he had 11 over his last two rounds, including three on Sunday. Day moved up the leaderboard quickly on the back nine in the final round when he carded three consecutive birdies through No. 15.

19. Graeme McDowell, Northern Ireland -- Playing in his national championship for the 13th time, McDowell finally finished in the top 10 and was in the running for the title most of the way before finishing with an even-par 71 that left him in a tie for sixth in the Irish Open at Fota Island Resort. His best previous finish in the tournament was a tie for 11th in 2004 at Baltray Golf Club in County Louth. The top-10 finish was the first in his last six events, after he posted six earlier in the season. ... G-Mac will take a week off before playing again on the European Tour, defending his title in the Alstom Open de France at Le Golf National in Versailles. He won for the 12th time around the world in his pro career, and the third time in as many countries in 2013, but he has not found the winner's circle since. After another week off, he will play in the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool and is expected to return to the PGA Tour the following week for the RBC Canadian Open, because RBC is one of his sponsors. ... McDowell opened with scores of 68-66-69 last week in the Irish Open, but he could manage only one birdie, at No. 6, to go with his one bogey in the final round and he wound up three strokes behind winner Mikko Ilonen of Finland. After carding a total of 11 birdies in the first two rounds, he could manage only five on the weekend. McDowell putted very well in the first two rounds, but nothing would fall over the last two days. On Saturday, after barely missing a handful of makeable birdie putts, he ran in a 35-foot bomb on the 16th hole and could only laugh.

20. Jim Furyk, United States -- Furyk has played in what is now the Quicken Loans National in each of the last seven years, or every one in its existence, and the schedule page at jimfuryk.com has it listed as his 14th event of the season on the PGA Tour. However, when the official field was released last Friday, his name was not on it, and there are no other tournaments listed on his schedule before the 143rd Open Championship in three weeks at Royal Liverpool, where he finished fourth in 2006. ... The man with the funky swing finished in the top 10 three times in the National, tying for third in 2007 and 2008 before tying for ninth the next year, all at Congressional, but he was unable to crack the top 30 in any of the last four years. He also missed the cut when the U.S. Open was played at Congressional three years ago, so perhaps he does not feel as comfortable on the Blue Course as he once did. ... Whenever he plays again, the 44-year-old Furyk will try to extend the remarkable run he has been on since the middle of March. In his last nine tournaments, he placed in the top 20 on eight occasions, including four top 10s. Even though he has not won since claiming his 16th PGA Tour victory in the 2010 Transitions Championship, he came close when he finished second on consecutive weeks in the Wells Fargo Championship and the Players Championship. His only down week during his hot streak was a tie for 51st in the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

Others receiving consideration: Bill Haas, United States; Ryan Moore, United States; Harris English, United States; Graham DeLaet, Canada; Kevin Stadler, United States; Russell Henley, United States; Matt Every, United States; John Senden, Australia; Seung-Yul Noh, South Korea; Brandt Snedeker, United States; Keegan Bradley, United States; Chris Kirk, United States; Brendon Todd, United States; Hideki Matsuyama, Japan; Rickie Fowler, United States; Kevin Streelman, United States.

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