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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 -- The schedule page at adamscott.com does not have any events listed before the Open Championship in two weeks at Royal Liverpool, and it seems that the No. 1 player in the World Golf Rankings is taking this break because there are several other big events coming up soon. He will take a week off after the second major of the year, but he is playing in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, the PGA Championship and his title defense in the Barclays to open the PGA Tour playoffs in August. ... Scott, who has played an abbreviated schedule in recent years in an effort to peak for the majors, has teed it up only 10 times on the PGA Tour this year. However, that came after he played four events after returning home to Australia late last year as the first Aussie to win the Masters. Despite the low number of events, he has been able to maintain his form, posting six top-10 finishes, including a playoff victory over Jason Dufner in the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. Of course, that pales a bit when compared to last year, when he won five times. ... With four weeks off, Scott can be expected to arrive in the United Kingdom early to get in some work on links courses. He has finished in the top 10 only three times in the third major of the season, and he has missed the cut three times, but he has played well recently. Scott tied for third, two strokes behind Phil Mickelson, last year at Muirfield, and he held the lead two years ago at Royal Lytham & St. Annes before making bogeys on the last four holes and losing by one shot to Ernie Els.

2. Martin Kaymer, Germany -- Coming off victories in two of the biggest three tournaments in the world so far this year, the Players Championship and most recently the U.S. Open at Pinehurst, Kaymer faced high expectations when he showed up at Golf Club Gut Larchenhof in Cologne, Germany, for the BMW International Open. Then he shot 71-73--144 and missed the cut by four strokes. It was the third time he missed the cut in 17 events this season and his first missed cut on the European Tour since the 2012 Portugal Masters. ... Kaymer will get a chance to bounce back right away because he is committed to play this week in the Alstom Open de France for the eighth time. He won the tournament in 2009, when he opened with a 9-under-par 62, played the weekend in 69-68 and then beat Lee Westwood of England with a par on the first playoff hole. Martin held the lead heading to the final round in his title defense but closed with a 73 to tie for sixth. He also finished solo fourth in 2011, when he again finished with a 73 and wound up three shots behind winner Thomas Levet of France. ... Kaymer thrilled the German fans when he made birdies on the first three holes in round one last week at Gut Larchenhof, but there was little to cheer about the rest of the way. He finished his first round of 71 with double bogey-par-bogey, and started the next day with three consecutive bogeys on the back nine to dig himself a big hole from which he couldn't escape. Kaymer tried to rally with four birdies in a stretch of 10 holes through No. 6, but he lost any chance to reach the weekend with a double-bogey 6 on No. 5.

3. Tiger Woods, United States -- Sure, Woods shot 74-75--149 and missed the cut in the Quicken Loans National, his first tournament since undergoing back surgery on March 31, but as he said, the most important thing was that he got through 36 holes without any physical problems. The rough was thick at Congressional, almost like a U.S. Open course, and he spent some time in it, but he said he came away without any discomfort in his back. ... Doctors told Woods that he can't play two weeks in a row right now, so the Quicken Loans figures to be his only tune-up for the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool, where he won the last of his three titles in the third major of the season in 2006. He said early in the week at Congressional that he probably would not have played if he were not the host of the tournament, which benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation. It will be interesting to see what happens when the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, which he won for a record eighth time last year, and the PGA Championship at Valhalla are played on consecutive weeks. ... Tiger had his moments at Congressional, like finishing with three birdies on the last six holes to salvage something of his first round after carding seven bogeys on the first 12 holes. In round two, he made birdies on the ninth and 10th holes to get within one shot of the cut-line, but then he carded four consecutive bogeys. Woods said he made a lot of little, correctable mistakes, but he hit the ball well with his driver and averaged 300.9 yards off the tee, nearly knocking down the flag with several approach shots.

4. Bubba Watson, United States -- Following a week off, Bubba returns to the PGA Tour this week to play in the Greenbrier Classic for the second straight year, making his 14th start of the 2013-14 season. He enjoyed his experience so much in his first appearance at the resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., that he signed on as a staff ambassador and bought a second home for his family on the Greenbrier property. ... Watson broke the par of 70 in all three rounds last year in his first appearance on the Old White TPC, starting with a 68 and then posing three 69s, but he simply did not go low enough and wound up in a tie for 30th. He will be trying to bounce back from missing the cut in the U.S. Open by one stroke with at score of 76-70--146 at Pinehurst No. 2, and a tie for 31st his last time out in the Travelers Championship. ... Despite not playing his best in the last two starts, Watson seems to be on his way to a career year, with seven finishes in the top 10 -- including three in the top five, including victories in the Masters and the Northern Trust Open. He leads the PGA Tour money list with $5,010,976, is second in the FedEx Cup point standings behind Jimmy Walker and leads the United States point standings for the Ryder Cup, which at this point of the season guarantees his spot on captain Tom Watson's team for the matches against the European Team in September at Gleneagles in Scotland.

5. Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland -- McIlroy is taking a two-week break to lick his wounds after missing the cut in the Irish Open for the second consecutive year. He will return next week to play in the Barclays Scottish Open at Royal Aberdeen ahead of the 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool. He might have been running on empty at Fota Island Resort in County Cork, having made his third trip across the Atlantic in recent weeks, but whatever the reason, he didn't have the game that he brought to most tournaments this season. ... Rory is light years ahead of where he was a year ago, when he lost the No. 1 spot in the World Golf Rankings while struggling for most of the season following his switch to Nike equipment. He lost his swing for a while. He started to turn things around even before he made a birdie on the final hole to beat local favorite Adam Scott on the final hole of the Australian Open at Royal Melbourne in December. ... His missed cut in the Irish Open, the first time he failed to reach the weekend in 14 tournaments on both major tours this season, probably was nothing more than a minor bump in the road. He finished in the top 10 on eight occasions and was out of the 25 only when he missed the cut in his national championship. McIlroy's victory in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth lifted him to third in the Race to Dubai on the Euro Tour and clinched his spot in the season-ending DP World Championship-Dubai. He has a little bit of work to do in the FedEx Cup Race on the PGA Tour, ranking 37th.

6. Justin Rose, England -- Winning for the first time since the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion, Rose made a par on the first playoff hole to turn back Shawn Stefani in the Quicken Loans National at Congressional. The Englishman claimed his sixth victory on the PGA Tour and finally earned his first victory of the season after finishing in the top 10 five times previously, including a tie for fourth in the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass. He has a win in each of the past five seasons on the circuit. ... Rose is going to enjoy some time at home in England this week, passing on the Alstom Open de France that he played five times previously, but he will tee it up next week in the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open for the sixth time. The following week in the 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool, the 2013 U.S. Open champion will play in one of the Grand Slam events on English soil for the first time since becoming a major champion. He did not qualify for the third major of the year in 2006 at Hoylake, the last time he missed out on the event. ... Rose seemed to be headed for victory in regulation last week at Congressional, but he hit his second shot out of the rough into the water on the final hole and had to sink a 15-foot putt to save bogey for an even-par 71. In the playoff, Stefani hit a similar shot into the water, while Rosy hit the fairway and the green before two-putting for a routine par. Rose's best golf came in a bogey-free 65 on Friday, when he carded birdies on the last three holes while finishing on the front nine.

7. Henrik Stenson, Sweden -- Making a brilliant run down the stretch, Stenson played the back nine in the final round of the BMW International Open in 5-under-par 30 to shoot 67 and get into a playoff with Fabrizio Zanotti of Paraguay, Gregory Havret of France and Rafael Cabrera-Bello of Spain. The big Swede made it to the fifth extra hole, where he hit his tee shot into the water and his next into a bunker, eventually conceding to Zanotti, who became the first Paraguayan to win on the European Tour. ... Stenson is not on the commitment lists for the Alstom Open de France or the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open this week and next, and the schedule at henrikstenson.com indicates that he will not play again until the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool, where he tied for 48th in 2006. He finished in the top three in three of his last five appearances in the third major of the year, and he again will be trying to become the first Swedish male to win a golf major championship. ... Stenson, heating up at the start of the second half as he did in a career year last season, was 1-over through 11 holes for the day when he began his run in the final round in Germany. He carded four birdies and an eagle at No. 13 down the stretch but barely missed a 12-foot birdie putt on the final hole of regulation and another from about the same distance on the first playoff hole. Stenson didn't make his first bogey of the tournament until the 16th hole in round two and then had two more in the first six holes of the final round. Still, he has finished in the top 10 in his last four starts, including a tie for fourth in the U.S. Open at Pinehurst.

8. Jimmy Walker, United States -- Walker is in the middle of a three-week break before the plays in the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Royal Aberdeen a week before teeing it up in the Open Championship for the second time. However, he played two days last week in the CVS Caremark Charity Classic at Rhode Island Country Club in Barrington, R.I. Walker teamed with Peter Jacobsen of the Champions Tour to finish second, one stroke behind repeat winners Steve Stricker and Bo Van Pelt. Walker-Jacobsen held the lead through the first nine holes of round one before finishing even with Stricker-Van Pelt after 18 holes. ... The FedEx Cup points leader is headed to Scotland next week to get in some work on links courses before he moves on to Royal Liverpool for the third major of the year. Last season, he went straight to Muirfield for his first appearance in the tournament and shot 71-78--151 to miss the cut by one stroke, and he obviously wants to be a little more prepared this time. ... The FedEx Cup points leader had played in only six Grand Slam events before this season, but he showed in the 2012 PGA Championship at Kiawah Island that he might be a major player in the future when he tied for 21st. This season, in addition to posting three victories, Walker tied for eighth in the Masters and tied for ninth in the U.S. Open at Pinheurst No. 2. In 2014, he will play all four majors in the same season for the first time.

9. Matt Kuchar, United States -- To start a three-week break before heading to England for the 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool, Kooch played in the CVS Caremark Charity Classic at Rhode Island Country Club in Barrington, R.I., on the first two days of the week. He teamed with Zach Johnson to win the Caremark title in 2011, but this time the Kuchar-Johnson pairing did not do so well, finishing ninth in the 10-team field, beating only Morgan Pressel and Juli Inkster of the LPGA Tour. ... Kuchar is tied with Jordan Spieth for the most top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour this season, nine, and even though he is third in the FedEx Cup point standings behind leader Jimmy Walker and Masters champion Bubba Watson, his play has been a big sketchy of late. Kooch has only one top-10 finish, a tie for seventh in the HP Byron Nelson Championship, in six events since winning the RBC Heritage at Hilton Head in April, but some of that might have been a product of playing six times in seven weeks and a total of 17 tournaments this season. ... Kuchar recently signed a new endorsement deal, becoming the first golfer to represent Skechers, the shoe company. He is wearing Skechers GO Golf line shoe, but will collaborate with the Skechers Performance Division in the development of a Matt Kuchar signature shoe. Kuchar joined champion marathoner Meb Keflezighi and elite distance runner Kara Goucher on the Skechers Performance Division team. Joe Montana, the Hall of Fame quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban also represent Skechers.

10. Phil Mickelson, United States -- When players from the 2013 Presidents Cup teams visited the White House one night last week, Lefty spotted a basket of apples and asked President Obama if he could have one. Pretty soon, many of the best golfers in the world were walking around the Oval Office munching on apples, and according to one source, the basket was empty when they left. The President, who also is a southpaw, had his own request for Mickelson, who obliged by giving him a quick tip on how to get his golf ball out of a bunker. ... Mickelson attended the White House function with his wife, Amy, and their children, and they left afterward for a vacation in Europe. At the end of the holiday, he will defend his titles in the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Royal Aberdeen and the 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool. The wife and kids were there to celebrate with him last year when he claimed the Claret Jug for the first time at Muirfield. ... Lefty has been known throughout his career for pulling great play out of thin air, and he will have to do that if he is to contend in the third major of the year in two weeks, because he does not have a top-10 finish this season in 15 tournaments on the PGA Tour. He never enjoys playing in the wind, even in the balmy weather in the Tournament of Champions at Kapalua, and he didn't really warm to links golf until the last few years, but perhaps he can use it to turn around his season.

11. Patrick Reed, United States -- After winning three times on the PGA Tour since last August when holding the 54-hole lead each time, Reed was in the same position heading to the final round of the Quicken Loans National. This time, he closed with a 6-over-par 77 and plummeted to a tie for 11th. He reversed the trend of missing the cut in five of his last seven tournaments, but he still has not finished in the top 10 since his victory in the WGC-Cadillac Championship in March. ... Reed has played 19 times already this season, and he will make it an even 20 this week in the Greenbrier Invitational. He will be playing the Old White TPC for the second time, having shot 70-72--142 a year ago to miss the cut by three strokes. Then he will take a week off before heading to Royal Liverpool to play in the Open Championship for the first time. He never played in a major until this season, and he missed the cut in the Masters before tying for 35th in the U.S. Open at Pinehurst. ... Reed still was near the top of the leaderboard at Congressional after an up-and-down front nine on Sunday, when he had three birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey on the first eight holes. Then he lost it completely by starting the back nine with two consecutive double bogeys before adding three bogeys. Patrick played awfully well at the start, opening with scores of 68-68 before carding a 71 on Saturday. Despite his struggles in the final round, he did make five birdies and led the field with 18 for the week, but his four double bogeys also put him among the leaders in that category.

12. Dustin Johnson, United States -- According to the schedule at dustinjohnson.com, DJ is not going to play in a tournament either on the PGA or the European Tour until the 143rd Open Championship in two weeks at Royal Liverpool. He might be taking the break to make sure his balky back, which has bothered him at times in each of the past two seasons, is well-rested for what could be chilly weather at Royal Liverpool. ... After finishing in a tie for 31st in the Travelers Championship, Johnson headed to South Beach in Miami with his fiancee, Paulina Gretzky, to celebrate his 30th birthday. Of course, he probably needs the break after playing seven consecutive weeks on the PGA Tour, with his best result during that time a tie for fourth in the U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2. Johnson says he enjoys playing overseas, and he probably is looking forward to getting to Royal Liverpool, because he finished in the top 10 twice in the last three years in the third major, including a tie for second behind Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland in 2011 at Royal St. George's. ... Despite the back problems, Johnson has played well, winning the WGC-HSBC Champions in China in his first outing of the 2013-14 season and posting seven finishes in the top 10 and nine in the top 25. He is fourth in the FedEx Cup point standings, third on the money list and third in the U.S. Ryder Cup standings, so he is sure to be on captain Tom Watson's team in September at Gleneagles in Scotland.

13. Zach Johnson, United States -- During a two-week break from the PGA Tour, Johnson is looking for answers as to why his game deserted him after a strong start to the year, including the 11th victory of his career on the circuit in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in January. He has only one finish in the top 20 in his last eight tournaments, and he missed the cut twice, in the Masters and in his last outing, the Travelers Championship. In the six events during that time in which he did play on the weekend, he has been unable to shoot 70 or better in the final round. ... Zach is hoping that a return to the John Deere Classic next week will bring back his form, because he will be playing before his hometown fans from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He has had great success at TPC Deere Run. He won the tournament two years ago by beating Troy Matteson with a birdie on the second playoff hole, and he lost on the fourth extra hole to rookie Jordan Spieth last year. He finished third or better in four of the last five years. Another good showing could give him some momentum heading to the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool, where he missed the cut in 2006. However, he finished in the top 10 in each of the past two years at the third major of the season. ... A look at Johnson's numbers show that he is striking the ball well this season, hitting in the neighborhood of 70 percent of the fairways and greens, but he is not putting as well the last two seasons as he did in 2012. That year, he was 11th on the PGA Tour with an average of 28.45 putts per round, but right now he is outside the top 60 at 28.84, and that seemingly little bit can add up.

14. Jason Dufner, United States -- Before the start of the Quicken Loans National last week, the 37-year-old Dufner said at a charity golf event that he might have only "another five years" of tournament golf left before he retires. Then he went out and played his worst golf of the year outside the majors when he shot 74-74--148 to miss the cut by three strokes at Congressional. The only other times he has failed to reach the weekend this season were in the Masters and the U.S. Open at Pinehurst, in his previous outing. He also missed the cut when the national championship was played on Congressional's Blue Course in 2011. ... The Duf played only once last year between the second and third majors of the season, missing the cut in the Travelers Championship, and that seems to be the schedule he is following again. He has played 15 times in the 2013-14 season, including once on the European Tour, and he had a chance to win before falling to Adam Scott in the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial at the end of June. That is the form he would like to take to Valhalla in August, when he will defend his title in the PGA Championship. ... Playing on a U.S. Open-type course for the second straight event, Dufner was at even par through 16 holes of the first round last week at Congressional before he finished double bogey-bogey for the first of his two 74s. He started round two with three bogeys on the back nine and tried to rally with three birdies in a span of six holes through No. 8, but he made bogeys on the other three holes and was gone.

15. Jordan Spieth, United States -- Spieth survived the "Group of Death," a threesome that included Tiger Woods and Jason Day, who both missed the cut in the Quicken Loans National. The 20-year-old also flirted with the cut-line but made it by two strokes and went on to finish in a tie for 11th, coming close to his seventh top-10 finish of the season but settling for his 15th result in the top 20. ... With 19 tournaments under his belt in his sophomore season on the PGA Tour, Spieth will pass on the Greenbrier Classic this week before defending his title in the John Deere Classic. He played in the Greenbrier a year ago and was in the hunt on the Old White TPC with three consecutive 3-under-par 67s before sliding to solo fourth with a closing 73. However, he played well again the following week at TPC Deere Run, where he chipped in for a birdie on the 72nd hole before beating Zach Johnson and David Hearn of Canada in a playoff for his first PGA Tour victory. ... Spieth opened with a 3-over-par 74 last week at Congressional but rallied to make the cut with a 70 despite two bogeys on the back nine. He played the weekend in 69-71, recording only one bogey each day. However, he missed a chance to at least break par in the final round when he chopped up the third hole en route to a double-bogey 6, missing a 6-foot putt for bogey. He added his only bogey on No. 17, where he missed a 9-footer for par. Spieth recorded seven bogeys in round one but only four and the double the rest of the way.

16. Sergio Garcia, Spain -- The Spaniard ran hot and cold last week in the BMW International Open in Germany, saving his best for last, a bogey-free, 7-under-par 65 that left him in a tie for 12th. He barely missed his ninth top-10 finish of the season, but he wound up in the top 20 for a 12th time on both major tours. His game in great shape heading toward the third major of the year. ... Sergio is not in the field for the Alstom Open de France this week, and he has not committed to the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, so it appears he is taking two weeks off ahead of the 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool, where he had a chance to win in 2006 before closing with a 1-over-par 73 to tie for fourth. The Spaniard has never played in the French national open, and the last of his five appearances in the Scottish Open came in 2007. ... In addition to his closing 65 last week at Golf Club Gut Larchenhof, Garcia also carded five birdies in a span of six holes on the back nine to post a 66 in the second round. He was not as sharp when he opened with a 71 that included four birdies and three bogeys, or in a 70 in round three, when a double-bogey 5 on the 16th hole kept him from shooting in the 60s for a third time in the four rounds. Garcia was among the ball-striking leaders, hitting more than 70 percent of the fairways and greens in regulation, but the "claw" putting style that he has used effectively this season let him down. He averaged 30.5 putts per round, taking at least 30 strokes on the greens each day.

17. Webb Simpson, United States -- Still trying to find the game he had at the beginning of the 2013-14 season, Simpson failed to shoot 70 or lower in any of his four rounds and finished in a tie for 30th in the Quicken Loans National. After a fast start that included a victory in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in October and four other early top-10 finishes this season, he played well over his last eight outings only when he tied for third in the FedEx St. Jude Classic. ... Webb is going to tee it up for the 17th time this season when he plays in the Greenbrier Classic for the fifth consecutive year. After missing the cut in 2010, he held the lead at times the next two years before finishing in a tie for ninth in 2011 and a tie for seventh in 2012, when he took the lead to the final round before closing with a 3-over-par 73. ... Congressional played a bit like a U.S. Open course, and the best Simpson could do was an even-par 71 in the third round. He might have broken par in the final round, but he hit his third shot into the water on the sixth hole on his way to a double-bogey 6. That put him 4 over for the day, as he also made bogeys on the second and fourth holes, but he salvaged what he could out of the round by playing the last 12 holes in a bogey-free 3 under to close with a 72. After opening with a 72, he carded four birdies on the front nine in round two, when he also ran up seven bogeys and shot 73, but he made the cut on the number.

18. Jason Day, Australia -- Playing in the featured group with Tiger Woods, Day suffered the same fate as the tournament host, shooting 73-73--146 to miss the cut by one stroke in the Quicken Loans National. Jordan Spieth was the only one in the threesome to make it to the weekend. The Aussie missed the cut for the first time since the 2012 Memorial, but he has played only eight times this year because of a wrist injury he sustained while winning the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in February. ... Day, who tied for fourth in the U.S. Open at Pinehurst two weeks ago, will try to get back on track this week when he plays in the Greenbrier Classic for the first time. He might not be playing this week if he didn't need to play catch-up, having missed time before and after his tie for 20th in the Masters because of the injury. ... Day started badly last week at Congressional, recording five bogeys while playing the back nine in 4-over-par 39 after starting his round on the 10th hole. He salvaged something of the round with two birdies and no bogeys on the front side. Jason seemed to be in good shape the following day when he was at even par through nine holes, but then he carded double bogeys on the 10th and 11th holes to put himself in jeopardy. He rallied with three birdies in a span of six holes through No. 16 and was just inside the cut-line before carding a bogey on the 17th hole. He could manage only a closing par when a birdie would have gotten him through to the weekend.

19. Graeme McDowell, Northern Ireland -- G-Mac will make his last start before the Open Championship, in two weeks at Royal Liverpool, when he defends his title this week in the Alstom Open de France. He will need the break next week because the third major of the year will start a stretch of four consecutive weeks on tour, as he will follow with the RBC Canadian Open, the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the PGA Championship at Valhalla. ... Last year at Le Golf National in Versailles, McDowell closed with a 4-under-par 67 to beat runner-up Richard Sterne of South Africa by four strokes. He opened with 69-69 and was tied for the lead with Sterne through 54 holes after shooting 70 in difficult conditions in the third round. He is playing in the tournament for the ninth time, and he had only one other top-10 finish before his victory, a tie for fourth in 2004, when he closed with a 64. Although he missed the cut three times in the French national championship, he does have five results in the top 20. ... McDowell reportedly is unhappy to be tangled up in the lawsuit of his friend and World Cup of Golf teammate, Rory McIlroy, against Horizon Sports Management. Both players were managed by Horizon at one time, but McIlroy left in a huff, and now he claims that McDowell received preferential treatment from company officials. The Irish Independent claims that the once close relationship between McDowell, who still is represented by Horizon, and McIlroy has become a bit strained. There was speculation to that effect since Rory did not attend McDowell's wedding last year.

20. Jim Furyk, United States -- There is no indication that Furyk will play again before the 143rd Open Championship in two weeks at Royal Liverpool, and perhaps the 44-year-old simply believe he needs the rest because the third major of the season will start him on a run of at least four consecutive weeks in tournament play. He will fly back from England to play in the RBC Canadian Open because RBC is one of his sponsors, before he plays the next two weeks in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the PGA Championship at Valhalla. ... Even though he has not been able to break a winless streak that dates to the 2010 Transitions Championship, Furyk is enjoying a strong season with five finishes in the top 20 and 10 in the 25 in his 17 events on the PGA Tour. He barely missed his elusive 17th PGA Tour victory when he finished second to J.B. Holmes in the Travelers and again was runner-up behind Martin Kaymer of Germany in the Players Championship, one stroke back each time. He placed in the top 20 in eight of his past nine tournaments. ... Based on the way he is playing this season and on his past record, Furyk could be a sleeper pick at Royal Liverpool, where he tied for fourth in 2006. That is one of five top-10 finishes in the third major of the year for the 2003 U.S. Open champion, and he played well in the first two majors this season, tying for 14th in the Masters and tying for 12th in the U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2.

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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