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By Tom LaMarre, The Sports Xchange June 24, 2013 12:00 AM
1. Tiger Woods, United States -- Even though he will be at Congressional as the tournament host this week for the AT&T National, Woods will be unable to play because of a strained left elbow. After grimacing several times in pain when hitting from the deep rough while finishing in a tie for 32nd in the U.S. Open at Merion, he consulted with doctors who advised him to take a few weeks off and undergo treatment, but Woods said he would be ready for the Open Championship in three weeks at Muirfield, Scotland. ... The injury comes at an inopportune time, because Tiger needs to get back on his game after struggling in his last two events, also tying for 65th in the Memorial Tournament, following four victories on the PGA Tour earlier this season. He said at Merion that he originally injured his elbow while winning the Players Championship last month, and added in the announcement of his withdrawal from the AT&T National that it was bothering him before the U.S. Open, where it worsened. ... Woods won the AT&T National twice in four appearances, in 2009 and last year, but this will be the third time that an injury forces him to miss the tournament that benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation. In fact, this is the sixth consecutive season that Woods has had to deal with an injury. The others were to his left leg (2008), right Achilles tendon (2009), neck (2010), left knee and Achilles (2001) and left Achilles (2012). The third major of the year at Muirfield is going to be difficult, but the health issues will make it even more problematic for Woods. 2. Justin Rose, England -- A week after claiming his first major title at the U.S. Open and enduring the obligatory media blitz in New York, Rose was somehow able to post three rounds in the 60s before closing with a 1-over-par 71 to tie for 13th in the Travelers Championship. Even though he missed his sixth top-10 finish of the season on the PGA Tour, he wound up in the top 25 for the ninth time and will be mentioned right behind Tiger Woods on the favorites' list for the Open Championship in three weeks at Muirfield. ... Despite going along with all the immediate demands put on a major champion after winning at Merion, Rose decided not to change his schedule and will play again this week in the AT&T National at Congressional. He won the tournament in 2010 at Aronimink, not far from Merion near Philadelphia, a month after claiming his first PGA Tour victory in the Memorial. Rosy played the middle rounds at Aronimink in 64-67 and closed with an even-par 70 to hold off Ryan Moore, who finished with a 65, by one stroke. The Englishman cemented his lead with a 4-wood approach to within four feet on the ninth hole to set up an eagle, and he parred the last seven holes. He tied for 15th in his title defense at Aronimink but has not played the tournament since. ... Rose might have run out of gas in the final round at TPC River Highlands, as he was at 2 under for eight holes in the final round but didn't make another birdie the rest of the way. After a sluggish start on Thursday, with three bogeys on the front nine, he rallied with five birdies to shoot 67 before going 68-68 in the middle rounds. 3. Matt Kuchar, United States -- Having played in 15 events this season on the PGA Tour, Kuchar has not committed to any of the next three tournaments on the circuit. He even passed on the Travelers Championship last week despite finishing in a tie for eighth last year at TPC River Highlands. However, he has committed to play next week for the first time in the Alstom Open de France at Le Golf National near Versailles on the European Tour. Matt could move on to the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open a week ahead of the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield, or simply take a golf vacation and play some of the great links courses before the second major of the year. ... Kooch was disappointed with his tie for 28th in the U.S. Open, especially since he was considered one of the favorites coming off his victory in the Memorial Tournament. Apparently, the tips he received from Jack Nicklaus about Merion and arriving early at the venue didn't help out much, and he remains among the best players without a major title heading to the Open Championship, in which he tied for ninth last year at Royal Lytham & St. Annes. ... Kuchar should be able to shake off his performance at Merion and continue his fine play this season, in which he is the only player on the PGA Tour other than Tiger Woods with more than one victory, also having captured the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship by beating Hunter Mahan in the final. He has six top-10 finishes and ranks second to Woods in the FedEx Cup standings. 4. Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland -- The expectations for McIlroy for this season were sky high after he captured five tournaments around the globe in 2012 and took a firm hold on the No. 1 spot in the World Golf Rankings. Although he has finished in the top 10 four times on the PGA Tour this season, including second in the Valero Texas Open, most of the focus has been on his inconsistent play after switching from Titleist to Nike equipment, the announcement coming in a splashy media conference in Abu Dhabi. ... Rory hopes that playing at home this week in the Irish Open at Carton House in Maynooth, County Kildare, might get him going in the right direction with the Open Championship at Muirfield only three weeks away. He is playing in his national open for the seventh time, with his best finish solo seventh in 2008 at Adare Manor, where he posted three rounds of 2-under-par 70 and finished four strokes behind winner Richard Finch of England. He also tied for 10th last year at Royal Portrush, where he closed with a 5-under-par 67. He made his first appearance in the Irish Open in 2005 at Carton House, where he shot 71-81--152 and missed the cut by four shots. ... McIlroy keeps insisting that it's the inconsistency in his swing, and not his new Nike clubs, that has caused his problems this season. After tying for 41st in the U.S. Open at Merion, he posted this note on Twitter: "Nice of @Barack Obama to mention me in his speech today in Belfast... But I think he should be helping me with my swing after last week. Haha." 5. Adam Scott, Australia -- Taking only one week off after his dismal tie for 45th in the U.S. Open at Merion, Scott will be back at work on the PGA Tour this week in the AT&T National. According to the schedule page at adamscott.com, that be his final appearance before the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield, Scotland, where he will try to play more like the first Aussie to capture the Masters. ... Scotty will be playing in the AT&T National for the fourth time, and after shooting 72-76--148 to miss the cut by four strokes in 2007, he has been very much in the chase in his last two appearances. In 2011 at Aronimink near Philadelphia, he played the weekend in 66-68 to tie for third, four strokes behind champion Nick Watney. Last year at Congressional, Adam bounced back from an opening round of 4-over-par 75 with 67s in the second and final rounds to finish solo third, three shots behind winner Tiger Woods, the tournament host. ... Having claimed his first major title earlier this year should allow Scott to go back to the Open Championship at Muirfield in three weeks in a much better state of mind than he would have otherwise. He held a four-stroke lead with four strokes to play last year at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, but he carded bogeys on each of those finishing holes, allowing Ernie Els to steal the Claret Jug with a brilliant birdie on the final hole. Scott has been very close in the Grand Slam events in recent years, with eight top-25 finishes since 2011, so a second major title might not be far away. 6. Phil Mickelson, United States -- Even though Mickelson remains near the top of the game, at No. 6 in the World Golf Rankings, you could read on his face that he knows his time is running out to win the U.S. Open after he finished second for the sixth time at Merion. He turned 43 on the day of the final round, and while he certainly could win next year at Pinehurst on in the next few years, he's well aware of the fact that Hale Irwin was the oldest winner of the second major of the year at 45 when he claimed the title for the third time at Medinah in 1990. ... Lefty is on a two-week break from the PGA Tour before teeing it up next week in the Greenbrier Classic on the TPC Old White Course, where he missed the cut in his only two appearances the last two years. It will be the first of three consecutive weeks of competition, as he will play follow that by playing at Castle Stuart in the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open for the 11th time, ahead of the Open Championship at Muirfield, Scotland. He has four major titles, none in the Open Championship. ... Mickelson claims he is playing some of the best golf of his career, and with 47 total victories in his career, he already is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame. However, he needs to win a few more majors so he won't wind up like Greg Norman, another great champion who unfortunately is remembered more for his numerous near-misses in the Grand Slam events. 7. Luke Donald, England -- Following a final-round meltdown in the U.S. Open at Merion, where Donald shot 42 on the front nine and 6-over-par 76 for the day, the schedule page at lukedonald.com indicates that he is taking two weeks off before playing in the Alstom Open de France at Le National near Versailles next week. It will be only his second appearance in the tournament, as he tied for 11th in 2010. This will be only his third tournament on the European Tour this year, not counting the ones that are listed by both major tours, and he missed the cut in the first two, the Maybank Malaysian Open and in his double title defense at the BMW PGA Championship. ... Even though he had such a rough go on the last day at Merion, he played some of his best golf of the season on the first three days, and his tie for eighth was his third top-10 result of the season on the PGA Tour. He has finished in the top 25 in his last six tournaments on the circuit, which means he is heating up for the second half of the season, with the Open Championship only three weeks off at Muirfield, Scotland. ... Donald, who held the No. 1 spot in the World Golf Rankings for a total of 56 weeks over the last two years, was down to No. 7 last week. However, he holds the longest active streak of appearing in the top 10 at 147 weeks, and he could be ready to move back up if he can find the form that took him to three victories around the world last year, the final one coming at the Dunlop Phoenix in Japan in November. 8. Brandt Snedeker, United States -- After taking a week off following his tie for 17th in the U.S. Open at Merion, Snedeker will be back the next two weeks for the AT&T National and the Greenbrier Classic. He has played 13 times on the PGA Tour this season and is still trying to find the game that took him to four finishes in the top three in the first six weeks of the season, including the fifth victory of his career at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. ... Sneds, who is taking medication for the series of rib injuries that have dogged him the last few years, is playing in the AT&T National for the fifth time and would love to pull off the AT&T double with a victory at Congressional to go with the one he claimed at Pebble Beach. His best result in the tournament was a tie for fifth in 2009, when he shot 68-67 on the weekend and wound up six strokes behind winner Tiger Woods, the tournament host. He also tied for eighth in 2007, opening with a 69 and closing with a 68, but wound up eight shots behind champion K.J. Choi. When the U.S. Open was played at Congressional two years ago, he tied for 11th. ... Even though he was disappointed not to play better at Merion, Snedeker said he enjoyed the course, but added that it might not be practical for the United States Golf Association to bring the tournament back to the classic course in Ardmore, Pa. He pointed out that with only 15,000 fans on the grounds each day and a limited number of corporate areas, the USGA lost millions of dollars and said the second major of the year has outgrown the intimate setting that everyone seemed to enjoy for one week. 9. Dustin Johnson, United States -- Johnson posted bookend rounds of 6-under-par 66 last week in the BMW International Open, but in between he was not as sharp on his way to a tie for 18th at Golfclub Munchen Eichenried in Munich, Germany. He equaled his finish in his only other appearance in the tournament, a tie for 18th two years ago, and hopefully picked up some momentum in the final round heading toward the Open Championship. ... DJ is not returning to the PGA Tour this week to play in the AT&T National for the third time, perhaps because he has not played well in the tournament, missing the cut in 2010 at Aronimink and tying for 44th last year at Congressional. He has not committed to any events on either of the two major tours before the Open Championship. When he played in the BMW International for the first time two years ago, that was his only start before he tied for second in the third major of the year at Royal St. George's, three strokes behind Darren Clarke. ... Johnson was in good shape last week in Munich after opening with 66-71, but he carded bogeys on two of his first four holes in the third round on his way to a 73 that dropped him down the leaderboard. He bounced back with six birdies and an eagle in the final round, but his best golf was a bogey-free 66 in the opening round. DJ would have finished in the top 10 if not for averaging 31.0 putts per round, including 33 in the second round. 10. Webb Simpson, United States -- Bouncing back after a disappointing title defense in the U.S. Open at Merion, Simpson posted bookend rounds of 5-under-par 65 to finish in a tie for fifth in the Travelers Championship. It was his fourth top-10 finish of the season on the PGA Tour, but the first since he lost to Graeme McDowell in a playoff at the RBC Heritage in April. The result should give him some momentum with the Open Championship at Muirfield only three weeks away. ... Webb is taking a week off, but he will make his 16th start this season on the PGA Tour when he plays in the Greenbrier Classic for the third time next week. After missing the cut three years ago in his first appearance at the resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., about a four-hour drive from his home in Charlotte, he has placed in the top 10 in each of the last two years on the TPC Old White Course. ... Simpson's run up the leaderboard on Sunday at TPC River Highlands came up three strokes short of the playoff in which Ken Duke beat Chris Stroud because he could manage only a 72 in the third round. His 65s were very similar, even though he started round one on the first hole and round four on the 10th, because he carded six birdies and one bogey each day, the bogey on the first hole each time. He also had a chance to go low on Friday, but he carded bogeys on the last two holes to shoot 69. Conversely, he was 4 over through 14 holes in the third round but put up birdies on the 15th and 16th holes to salvage that 72. 11. Keegan Bradley, United States -- One bad round, a 2-over-par 72 on Saturday, proved costly for Bradley, who played well the rest of the week and finish in a tie for 18th in the Travelers Championship. Still, he seemed to get his game back on track for the most part after missing the cut in three of his previous five tournaments, and he posted his ninth top-25 finish of the season on the PGA Tour. ... With Keegan having teed it up in 17 tournaments already this season on the PGA Tour, the schedule page at keeganbradley.com indicates he is going to make one more start before the Open Championship at Muirfield in three weeks. He has committed to play for the third time in the Greenbrier Classic on the TPC Old White Course next week, even though he has finished outside the top 40 in his first two appearances at the resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. ... Bradley did not card a single birdie in his third-round 72 last week at TPC River Highlands, one day after recording a bogey-free 65 that put him in a position to make a move on the weekend that didn't come. He also posted bookend 69s, making three birdies in the last three holes of the first round. However, he went in the opposite direction on Sunday, putting up three bogeys in a span of six holes through No. 17 after he started with three birdies in the first six holes. Bradley hit in the neighborhood of 70 percent of the fairways and greens, but he struggled with his belly putter, as he finished 70th among the 74 golfers who completed four rounds at minus-0.871 in strokes gained putting. 12. Lee Westwood, England -- Coming off a tie for 15th in the U.S. Open, Westwood had his best stuff only in the first and third rounds of the Travelers Championship, coming completely unglued when he shot 8-over-par 78 in the final round to finish 74th. That was dead last in the field among those golfers who played all four rounds at TPC River Highlands, to end a run in which his finish at the U.S. Open was the only time he was out of the top 10 in a span of six events (not counting a withdrawal from the Memorial). ... Even though the schedule page at leewestwood.com still lists his next tournament as the AT&T National this week at Congressional, his name was not on the final commitment list when it was released Friday evening. Instead, he will take a week off before teeing it up next week for the 10th time in the Alstom Open de France at Le Golf National near Versailles. That apparently will be his last appearance before the 142nd Open Championship in three weeks at Muirfield. ... As bad as Westwood was on Sunday at TPC River Highlands, carding five bogeys and three double bogeys, he rallied with his only three birdies in the last four holes to avoid shooting 80. His opening-round 67 was marred only by a double-bogey 6 on the third hole, where he four-putted from 41 feet. Westwood was 3 over through eight holes in round four, but he carded four birdies in a span of six holes through No. 17 to pull out a 69. He struggled with the putter, finishing 74th in the field in strokes gained putting at minus-2.400. 13. Steve Stricker, United States -- Back home in Wisconsin to ponder another missed opportunity to land his first major title in the U.S. Open at the age of 46, Stricker is taking three weeks off in his season of semi-retirement. He will return for his favorite event on the PGA Tour, the John Deere Classic, which he has played 11 times and won three years in a row, from 2009 through 2011. ... Strick has played only seven times this year on the circuit, and is planning for only 11, and there is no telling if that lack of competition caught up with him when he shot 6-over-par 76 in the final round at Merion and slid to a tie for eighth after being close to the lead most of the way. Even though he still plays at a very high level, Steve knows he is running out of time to capture one of the Grand Slam events, but he claims that he believes his career has been a success even if he never wins that elusive major title. ... Captain Fred Couples would love to have Stricker on his Presidents Cup team for the matches in October at Muirfield Village, and Stricker's four top-10 finishes this season have him at seventh in the United States standings, which would land him a spot. He also has said he might play in the PGA Tour playoffs if he has a chance to win the FedEx Cup, and as of last week he was 16th in the point standings, but he probably would have to be in the top 10 to give it a go. Stricker and Hunter Mahan are the only players to make all 24 starts since the playoffs began in 2007, and Strick is tied for the lead with 10 top-10 finishes. 14. Hunter Mahan, United States -- Continuing his strong play after tying for fourth in the U.S. Open, Mahan was one stroke behind Charley Hoffman after opening with a 9-under-par 62 in the first round of the Travelers Championship. However, he could not break the par of 70 the rest of the way at TPC River Highlands and wound up in a tie for 24th, but he still recorded his 11th top-25 finish of the season on the PGA Tour. ... Despite having 17 tournaments under his belt already this season, Hunter is playing again this week in the AT&T National, making his sixth appearance in the event. He has finished in the top 10 three times, all at Congressional, including second to tournament host Tiger Woods in 2009, despite closing with an 8-under-par 62. Mahan also tied for eighth in 2007, closing with a 65, and tied for eighth again last year, when he shot 65 in the second round. When the U.S. Open was played at Congressional two years ago, he shot 74-73--147 and missed the cut by one stroke. ... After recording eight birdies in his first round last week at the Travelers, Mahan could make only six more over the last 54 holes, two in each round. He stumbled on the back nine while closing with a 73, carding two bogeys and a double-bogey 6 on the 12th hole, where he drove well left into an unplayable lie. It took two more shots for him to reach the green, and he missed a six-foot putt for bogey. That came at the end of a tournament he opened with five birdies on the first eight holes to start his 62, which was his best score since the final round of the 2009 AT&T National. 15. Ernie Els, South Africa -- Els opened with a bogey-free, 9-under-par 63 last week in the BMW International Open and led virtually all the way, but he needed a two-putt birdie on the par-5 finishing hole to hold off Thomas Bjorn of Denmark by one stroke at Golfclub Munchen Eichenried in Munich, Germany. He recorded the 66th victory of his Hall of Fame career, but the first since he captured the Open Championship last July at Royal Lytham & St. Annes. ... The schedule page at ernieels.com does not list another tournament before the 142nd Open Championship at Murifield, Scotland, where Ernie will make a rare double defense. He captured the second major of the season a year ago with a birdie on the final hole at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, and he survived a four-man playoff to claim the Claret Jug the last time the third major of the year was played at Muirfield in 2002. Despite the schedule on his website, Els is on the commitment list for the Aberdeen Asset Scottish Open, which he won in 2000 and 2002 at Loch Lomond. The tournament now is played at Castle Stuart, a week before the Open Championship. ... Ernie scattered seven birdies across his scorecard in round one in Germany last week, threw in an eagle-3 on the sixth hole, and the 63 was his best round of the season on either of the major tours. Els followed with three consecutive scores of 69 and beat up the par-5 holes, playing them in 12 under par for the tournament, making birdie at No. 18 every day. 16. Bubba Watson, United States -- Seemingly on the way to his first victory since the Masters last year, Watson had a one-stroke lead thanks to four birdies in a span of six holes through No. l5 in the final round of the Travelers Championship, which he won in 2010 for his first PGA Tour victory. Then he hit his tee shot into the water on the 16th hole and carded a triple-bogey 6 en route to a closing even-par 70, and he wound up solo fourth. ... Bubba is taking a week off before playing next week in the Greenbrier Classic on the TPC Old White Course for the first time, which will be his 14th start of the season. He has not committed to any other events, either on the PGA Tour or the European Tour, so it appears the Greenbrier will be his final outing before the 142nd Open Championship in three weeks at Muirfield, Scotland. ... After a disappointing tie for 32nd in the U.S. Open, Watson opened with a brilliant 7-under-par 63 last week at TPC River Highlands, recording seven birdies and holing a six-foot putt for an eagle-2 on the drive-able 15th hole. He came back with a 67 the next day and seemed to be in total control of the tournament before he carded three bogeys in the last six holes to shoot 70 in round three, falling into a tie for the lead with Graham DeLaet and Charley Hoffman. The tournament still was Bubba's to lose down the stretch in the final round, and unfortunately, that's exactly what he did. 17. Graeme McDowell, Northern Ireland -- Following a corporate outing early last week at Liberty National, G-Mac flew home to Portrush and this week will play in the Irish Open at Carton House in County Kildare before moving on to the Alstom Open de France at Le Golf National near Versailles. Then he will take a week off before trying to bounce back from missing the cut in the first two majors of the season when he plays in the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield Golf Links in Scotland. ... McDowell will tee it up in the Irish Open for the 12th time, but surprisingly never has finished in the top 10. His best result was a tie for 11th in 2004 at County Louth Golf Club, where he started with a 1-over-par 73 before bouncing back with rounds of 69-69-70. G-Mac had his moments in the tournament last year, when he shot 4-under-par 68 in the second round and 66 in the last in his hometown at Royal Portrush to tie for 16th. When the tournament was played at Carton House in 2005 and 2006, he could not even equal the par of 72 in any of his four rounds, and he missed the cut both times. ... It's been a strange year for McDowell, who has missed the cut a total of five times on both major tours but also has captured the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town and the Volvo World Match Play Championship in Bulgaria. He ranks third in the European Tour's Race to Dubai and 20th in the FedEx Cup standings on the PGA Tour. 18. Jason Dufner, United States -- Hoping to keep it going after finishing in a tie for fourth in the U.S. Open, his best finish of the season, Dufner instead shot 72-69--141 and missed the cut by one stroke in the Travelers Championship. He has never finished in the top 40 in four appearances at TPC River Highlands, also missing the cut the cut in 2009. He has broken the par of 70 only twice in 12 rounds on the course. ... Last year, Dufner did not play in any tournaments between the U.S. Open and the Open Championship, mainly because he took his new bride, Amanda, on a delayed honeymoon in the Bahamas. He might play one more time before the Open Championship in the John Deere Classic, in which he has appeared six times previously, before taking the tournament's charter on Sunday night to Muirfield for the Open Championship. ... Duf carded four bogeys in a span of seven holes through No. 10 last week in the first round of the Travelers, and then dug himself deeper into a hole with three bogeys through No. 17 after starting on the back nine the next day. He tried to rally with three birdies while playing the front side without a bogey, but it wasn't enough to get him through to the weekend. As usual, it was the flat stick that let Dufner down, as he averaged 31.5 putts per round and missed two inside five feet in round two that would have allowed him to avoid missing the cut for the third time in 15 events this season on the PGA Tour. 19. Ian Poulter, England -- Despite playing some very good golf in the middle rounds, when he shot 66-67, the inconsistency that has plagued Poulter for much of this season surfaced again and he finished in a tie for 43rd in the Travelers Championship. After starting the season with two consecutive finishes in the top 10, he has managed only two more finishes in the top 25 on the PGA Tour, including a tie for 21st in the U.S. Open. ... Poulter is taking a week off and will head back to the European Tour for the Alstom Open de France next week at Le Golf National near Versailles. He has played in the tournament 10 times previously, posting four finishes in the top 10 in his last six tries, including a tie for fourth last year. Poults also could tee it up for the 11th time in the Aberdeen Asset Scottish Open the week before the Open Championship at Muirfield, where he tied for 50th in 2002. ... Poulter's finish at TPC River Highlands was skewed by a quintuple-bogey 9 on the 17th hole in round one, where he hit three balls into the water and reached the green in seven strokes before two-putting from 26 feet. With only a double bogey, he would have finished in the top 25. After posting a 73, he bounced back with a bogey-free 66 the next day to make the cut by two strokes. Poutler had only one bogey in his 67 in the third round, at No. 16, but scattered five plus a double bogey on No. 14 on Sunday to close with a 72. 20. Zach Johnson, United States -- Johnson opened with a bogey-free, 5-under-par 65 in the Travelers Championship, equaling his best score of the season on the PGA Tour, which he shot in the second round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial en route to solo third. He still was in good shape after posting a 70 in the second round, but he struggled to a 75 on Saturday and eventually wound up in a tie for 58th. ... With 16 tournaments behind him on the PGA Tour this season, Zach is going to take two weeks off before defending his title in the John Deere Classic, which he finally won last year in his 11th appearance after finishing in the top three in two of the previous three seasons. Even though he lives in St. Simons, Ga., these days, it's like a home game for him since TPC Deere Run is only about an hour and a half drive from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he grew up. With family and friends on hand, he's always a gallery favorite. ... Johnson was at 1-under-par for the day through 10 holes in round three last week at TPC River Highlands, but he didn't make another birdie and shot 41 on the back nine, most of that coming with a quadruple-bogey 7 on the 16th hole. He hit two tee balls into the large lake guarding the green, found solid ground with a third and two-putted from 16 feet. Johnson carded three birdies in the first four holes Sunday and seemed headed for a low finish, but he made three consecutive bogeys through No. 16 and had to settle for a closing 70. Others receiving consideration: Bill Haas, United States; Charl Schwartzel, South Africa; Sergio Garcia, Spain; Jason Day, Australia; John Merrick, United States; Charles Howell III, United States; Martin Laird, Scotland; Angel Cabrera, Argentina; Kevin Streelman, United States; D.A. Points, United States; Billy Horschel, United States; Russell Henley, United States; David Lingmerth, Sweden; Sang-Moon Bae, South Korea; Boo Weekley, United States; Harris English, United States.