The Sports Xchange's PGA Tour rankings are selected by TSX Golf Staff, based on play in the 2011 and 2012 seasons, with more emphasis on recent results.
1. Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland -- After winning three of his last four tournaments, the 23-year-old McIlroy is the oods-on favorite to win the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup. And considering how he played in capturing the PGA Championship, Deutsche Bank Championship and BMW Championship, why would you bet against him? He has padded his lead in the World Golf Rankings and leads the FedEx Cup standings, the PGA Tour money list and the European Tour's Race to Dubai. ... This is only McIlroy's second foray into the PGA Tour playoffs. In 2010 he didn't make it past the third round, finishing six spots out of the top 30 who went to East Lake. This means he will be playing the course for the first time, but he has proved to be a quick study, winning the PGA without having seen the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island and doing the same in the BMW at Crooked Stick. It doesn't seem to matter where he plays -- Rory leads the PGA in scoring average at 68.84 and in birdie average at 4.34 per round. ... McIlroy spent part of his week off in New York, where he took part in training sessions with the New York Knicks, arranged by his fitness trainer Steve McGregor, who also works with the NBA team. They were doing track work, so the 5-9, 165-pound McIlroy probably did not go one-on-one with Amar'e Stoudemire. He also appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, where he agreed with the host that he is the best golfer in the world right now.
2. Tiger Woods, United States -- Although he has been outclassed by Rory McIlroy during the PGA Tour playoffs, Woods has dropped only to second in the FedEx Cup standings by finishing solo third in the Deutsche Bank Championship and tying for fourth in the BMW Championship. That means he can claim the FedEx Cup for the third time by winning the Tour Championship at East Lake, where he has not played since 2009. ... Tiger will be making his 13th appearance in the finale; he has won it twice and finished second four times. He claimed the title by eight strokes over Zach Johnson and Mark Calcavecchia in 2007 to wrap up the FedEx Cup title in its first year and also won the event in 1999 by four shots over Davis Love III at Champions Golf Club in Houston. Woods finished second in 2009, three strokes behind Phil Mickelson, but claimed his second FedEx Cup. He missed the tournament in 2008 while recovering from knee surgery and did not qualify in 2010 and last year, when he missed much of the season because of leg injuries. ... At 36, Woods probably is not going to be a dominant as he once was, but he still has had a season most players would take in a heartbeat -- three victories and eight finishes in the top 25. He ranks second on the PGA Tour in scoring average at 68.89, and it seems he only needs to make a few more putts to stay with McIlroy. Woods ranks 62nd in putts per round at 28.92.
3. Bubba Watson, United States -- The Masters champion was in one of the magic five spots in the FedEx Cup standings heading into the PGA Tour playoffs, but a missed cut in the Deutsche Bank Championship cost him dearly and he slipped to 11th. He heads to the Tour Championship needing subpar performances from those ahead of him to win the $10 million prize, even if he manages to claim his second title in Georgia this season. ... Bubba is playing in the finale at East Lake for the third time. His best result was a tie for 17th in 2010, when he took himself out of the picture with a 5-over-par 75 in the opening round before bouncing back with 69-67 in the middle rounds and finishing with a 71. He finished the regular season in the top 10 in the FedEx standings for the third consecutive season but was unable to improve his position during the playoffs in the first two, finishing 26th last year and 22nd the season before. He can change that trend with a big finish at East Lake. ... Even though he claimed two victories last year, Watson finally realized his full potential this season, and not only because he beat Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa with a hook shot for the ages in a playoff at Augusta. He developed consistency not seen earlier in his career, finishing in the top 25 in all 15 tournaments in which he made the cut, including six top-10 results. His only struggles, perhaps not surprisingly, came when he missed the cut in the Memorial and the U.S. Open, not long after claiming his first major title.
4. Phil Mickelson, United States -- Lefty probably can't wait to get to East Lake for the Tour Championship now that he has snapped out of a malaise that lasted much of the season by tying for fourth in the Deutsche Bank Championship and tying for second in the BMW Championship. He climbed from 14th to fourth in the FedEx Cup standings during the first three rounds of the playoff, giving him a chance to steal away with the $10 million prize if he can win the finale. ... Mickelson has won twice before at East Lake even though his best finish in FedEx Cup race was second in 2009, when he beat Tiger Woods by three strokes in Atlanta but wound up second in the standings. He is making his 16th appearance in the Tour Championship and also won it in 2000 at East Lake, posting four rounds in the 60s to again beat Woods, that time by two shots. He has three other finishes in the top 10, including 10th last year. ... Lefty was sharp early in the year. He posted four finishes of fourth or better in a span of six events, highlighted by the 40th victory of his PGA Tour career with a brilliant performance at Pebble Beach. However, he struggled for the most part after being inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame before the Players Championship in May, until finally rediscovering his game during the playoffs. Part of his rejuvenation has been the result of switching to the "Claw" grip while putting. He averaged 27.4 putts in the last two events after averaging nearly 29 before that.
5. Luke Donald, England -- Despite being No. 1 in the World Golf Rankings for 55 weeks, Donald has suddenly become something of a forgotten man. He has slipped to No. 3 in the world and has gained only one spot in the FedEx Cup standings during the first three rounds of the PGA Tour playoffs, in which his best result has been a tie for 10th in the opener, the Barclays. Even if he claims his second victory of the season in the Tour Championship, he would need some big stumbles ahead of him to win the FedEx Cup. ... Donald has played in the finale at East Lake five times previously and has had some success there, finishing in the top five in three of his last four appearances and never winding up out of the top 25. Two years ago, he chipped in for birdie on the 17th hole of the final round but finished second when Jim Furyk hit a remarkable bunker shot on No. 18 to save par and win by one stroke. Donald wound up third in the final FedEx Cup standings in 2010, as he did a year ago by tying for third at East Lake, one stroke out of the playoff in which Bill Haas beat Hunter Mahan. ... Donald always is going to have trouble even coming close to his 2011 season, in which he claimed four titles around the world and became the first player to claim the money titles on both major tours in the same season. He has won twice this season, once on each tour, and has finished in the top 10 seven, but he has not been at his best lately.
6. Jason Dufner, United States -- A year ago, people had only started taking notice of Dufner after he squandered a five-stroke lead on the last three holes of the PGA Championship and lost in a playoff to Keegan Bradley. The 35-year-old journeyman has shown that was no fluke, claiming his first two victories in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and the HP Byron Nelson Classic this season. He enters the Tour Championship at 10th in the FedEx Cup standings, slipping from second after the regular season, in part because he skipped the playoff opener, the Barclays, because he needed a break. ... Duf will play at East Lake for the third time. He finished in a tie for 13th last year after opening with a 4-under-par 66 that put him among the leaders. He also tied for 16th in 2009, breaking 70 only when he posted a 68 in round two. He started and finished the playoffs at 25th in the FedEx Cup standings last year and rose from 42nd to 11th in the standings in 2009 thanks to a tie for second in the Deutsche Bank Championship. ... Dufner will play in the Ryder Cup for the first time next week, and that was one reason he skipped the Barclays -- otherwise, he would have played eight out of nine weeks. He leads the PGA Tour in ball-striking, a combination of total driving and greens in regulation, which has helped him rank third in scoring at 69.40, behind Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods. Dufner also is second in the all-around ranking, a compilation of eight major statistical categories.
7. Zach Johnson, United States -- Another player who slipped out of the magic top five during the first three rounds of the PGA Tour playoffs, Johnson is ninth in the FedEx Cup standings and needs plenty of help to take the title if he can somehow pull out a victory in the Tour Championship. Of course, it's much better than last year, when he suffered through a down season and finished two spots out of the top 30 after the first three playoff events to miss the trip to East Lake. ... Johnson has played five times previously in the Tour Championship and never has finished lower than 16th. In 2007, he started with a 1-over-par 71 at East Lake but followed with three rounds in the 60s to tie for second, eight shots behind Tiger Woods. Even a course-record 60 in the third round couldn't get him closer, and he wound up seventh in the standings. In 2009, the finished the regular season third in the standings and wound up sixth at the finish on the strength of three top-20 results during the postseason, including 16th in the finale. ... The 2007 Masters champion struggled last year and had not won on the PGA Tour since the 2010 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. Then he won again at Colonial in May and backed it up by beating Troy Matteson in a playoff in the John Deere Classic in July to become one of five multiple winners on the PGA Tour this season, earning a spot on the U.S. team in the Ryder Cup next week.
8. Dustin Johnson, United States -- Even though he is barely outside the magic top five in the FedEx Cup standings, Johnson's chances of winning the season-long chase arenn't all that far-fetched if he can win the Tour Championship. If he can manage his second victory of the season, he would claim the $10 million prize if Rory McIlroy finishes in a three-way tie for second or worse and if Tiger Woods ties for second or worse. ... However, East Lake might not suit his power game -- DJ has played three times previously in the Tour Championship and has never finished in the top 20. His best result was a tie for 22nd in 2010, when he closed with a 4-under-par 66, one of only two sub-70 scores he has recorded on the course in 12 rounds. His victory in the Barclays, the playoff opener, helped him finish a career-high fourth in the FedEx Cup standings last year after a tie for 23rd in Atlanta. ... After missing three months of the season because of a back injury that was the result of coming back too soon from knee surgery, Johnson had plenty of work to do in the PGA Tour playoffs to put himself in position for a chance to win the FedEx Cup. But he has done it and has been one of the most consistent players during the postseason, tying for third in defense of his title at the Barclays, tying for fourth in the Deutsche Bank Championship and tying for sixth in the BMW Championship. He's probably playing better than anyone other than Rory McIlroy, who is in a class by himself right now.
9. Hunter Mahan, United States -- Instead of taking out his disappointment at not making the U.S. Ryder Cup team on the course at Crooked Stick during the BMW Championship, Mahan went in the other direction and finished 70th, or dead last. He was sixth in the FedEx Cup standings after the regular season, but the continuation of a slump that began in May has dropped him to 23rd. It should be noted, however, that Bill Haas won the season-long chase from 25th by winning the Tour Championship last year. ... Mahan got a first-hand look at Haas' victory last year, losing in a playoff by making a bogey on the third extra hole after Haas salvaged an unlikely par with a brilliant shot from the edge of a lake one hole earlier. He would have claimed the $10 million prize with a victory, but his runner-up finish left him seventh in the FedEx Cup standings. That was his second top-10 result in five appearances in the finale at East Lake; he tied for fifth in 2007 to wind up 15th in the standings. ... Mahan became the first of five multiple winners on the PGA Tour this season when he beat Rory McIlroy in the final of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship and won the Shell Houston Open, but he has finished in the top 10 only once since, when he tied for eighth in the AT&T National. He admitted to being deflated after failing to make the Ryder Cup and headed to Florida during his week off to work with swing coach Sean Foley in hopes of finding something that might get him going at East Lake.
10. Webb Simpson, United States -- A year ago, Simpson led the FedEx Cup standings heading into the Tour Championship but finished 22nd at East Lake and wound up second in the season-long chase behind Bill Haas, who won both trophies by defeating Hunter Mahan in a playoff. Webb also had a chance to win the PGA Tour money title, but Luke Donald returned from Europe to win the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic, final event of the Fall Series, to again relegate him to second place. ... Simpson doesn't have that much on the line this week in the Tour Championship even though he ranks 25th in the FedEx Cup standings, the exact spot from which Bill Haas claimed the $10 million prize with his victory in Atlanta a year ago. After opening with a 1-under-par 69 at East Lake that gave him some hope of winning, Simpson could not break 70 the rest of the way in his first appearance in the Tour Championship, closing with a 73 that sealed his fate. ... Even if he does not fare well in Atlanta again, he has two big consolations, the U.S. Open title he claimed in June at the Olympic Club and a spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team for the matches next week at Medinah. Although he claimed his first two victories on the PGA Tour last season in the Wyndham Championship and the Deutsche Bank Championship, this year has to be considered at least as good. Simpson had 12 top-10 finishes a year ago and has six this season, but his first major title is the trump card.
11. Keegan Bradley, United States -- It hasn't really been a disappointing sophomore season for Bradley, but he enters the Tour Championship at 14th in the FedEx Cup standings, nine spots down from where he was a year ago at this time. He has backed up his Rookie of the Year season with another solid year, with five finishes in the top 10, 13 in the top 25 and the second victory of his career, in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. ... Last year, Keegan bounced back from missed cuts in the Barclays and the Deutsche Bank Championship to tie for 16th in the BMW Championship before tying for 11th in his first Tour Championship to wind up 20th in the FedEx Cup standings. He took the lead by torching East Lake for a 6-under-par 64 in the first round but could not break 70 the rest of the way. ... His playoffs this season have been a bit of a disappointment although he did salvage a tie for 13th before the home folks at TPC Boston by shooting 63 in the third round in the Deutsche Bank Championship. He missed the cut in the Barclays despite a gallery that included some of his pals from his days at St. John's, and he tied for 59th in the BMW Championship. At East Lake, he would like to channel some of the energy he had when he claimed the 2011 PGA Championship across town at Atlanta Athletic Club. He leads the PGA Tour this season in the all-around ranking, a compilation of eight major statistical categories, and also in eagles with 14.
12. Ernie Els, South Africa -- No matter what happens at the Tour Championship this week and when he returns to the European Tour's Race to Dubai, Els' season was made when he sank a 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole to claim his fourth major title in the Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes. A year after missing the top 30 in the FedEx Cup standings and failing to qualify for the finale for the first time since 2005, and that year only because of a knee injury that required surgery, he is back at East Lake. However, he has only an outside chance to claim the FedEx Cup. He is 22nd in the standings, down 11 from the end of the regular season. ... The Big Easy has played in the Tour Championship 15 times previously and has finished in the top 10 on seven occasions. He came closest to winning when he posted four rounds in the 60s in 2001 at Champions Golf Club in Houston but lost in a four-man playoff when Mike Weir made a birdie on the first extra hole. His best result at East Lake was a tie for third in 2000, and he has finished in the top 10 in his last three appearances in Atlanta. ... Ernie has yet to completely regroup after claiming his first major title in 10 years -- he has been unable to crack the top 25 in six tournaments since winning at Royal Lytham. During the playoffs, he tied for 54th in the Barclays, tied for 26th in the Deutsche Bank Championship and tied for 28th in the BMW Championship, but a week off before the finale might be exactly what he needed.
13. Brandt Snedeker, United States -- When Snedeker missed a month of the season, including the U.S. Open, because of a cracked rib, it seemed farfetched to think he would have a chance to claim the FedEx Cup by winning the Tour Championship this week. He holds the fifth spot in the FedEx Cup rankings after a fast start to the PGA Tour playoffs, and any of the top five who win the tournament at East Lake will take home the $10 million prize in the season-long chase. ... Sneds has played in the finale twice before, tying for 16th last year and tying for 29th in 2007, the first year of the FedEx Cup playoffs. Last year, he opened with rounds of 68-69 but squandered any chase of winning by shooting 5-over-par 73 in the third round before closing with another 69. That lifted him to eighth in the final standings after he started 18th. In 2007, he went in the other direction, starting ninth and winding up 20th. ... This year, Snedeker started the playoffs at 19th in the standings but made his big jump by finishing second behind Nick Watney in the Barclays and finishing sixth in the Deutsche Bank Championship before tying for 37th in the BMW Championship. Much of that came on the strength of his putting. He leads the PGA Tour in strokes gained-putting and is second in putts per round at 27.95. The flat stick is one reason Davis Love III made him one of four Captain's Picks for the U.S. Ryder Cup team ahead of the matches next week at Medinah.
14. Justin Rose, England -- Playing poorly in the first two rounds of the PGA playoffs cost Rose a solid chance to claim the FedEx Cup, even with a victory this week in the Tour Championship. He started the playoffs at 11th in the standings and on a run of good form, but he tied for 46th in the Barclays and missed the cut in the Deutsche Bank Championship, failing to break 70 in his last five rounds in those events. The Englishman bounced back with a tie for 16th in the BMW Championship but has slipped for 11th to 24th in the standings during the postseason. ... Rose has played in the Tour Championship three times. His best result was a tie for 11th in 2007, the first year of the playoffs, which lifted him to 16th in the final standings. In 2010, he tied for 15th at East Lake but finished 15th in the standings after starting fifth. Last year, he made a big playoff run by winning the BMW Championship, climbing from 44th to fifth. He could have won the FedEx Cup with a victory at East Lake, but he shot 5-over-par 75 in round two and wound up 20th. ... Rose earned the biggest victory of his career at the WGC-Cadillac Championship in February, one of his seven top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour this season. He came into the playoffs seemingly on a hot streak, having tied for fifth in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and tied for third in the PGA Championship before his game suddenly disappeared. He leads the PGA Tour in greens in regulation this year at 70.4 percent but is tied for 131st with an average of 29.47 putts per round.
15. Matt Kuchar, United States -- Dropping seven spots to 16th in the FedEx Cup standings makes Kooch another player looking for something of a miracle to win the season-long chase, even with a victory this week in the Tour Championship. He put himself in good position by piecing together a strong regular season, which included eight finishes in the top 10 highlighted by the biggest victory of his career at the Players Championship, but has been unable to crack the top 30 in any of the first three events in the PGA Tour playoffs. ... Kuchar will be playing in the finale at East Lake for the third time and is a big gallery favorite in Atlanta because he graduated from Georgia Tech, but he has not played particularly well in the tournament. He finished 25th in the 30-man field in 2010 and was 20th last year, breaking the par of 70 only once in eight rounds, when he opened with a 69 last year. He did tie for 19th last year in the PGA Championship over at Atlanta Athletic Club. ... Kuchar leads the PGA Tour with 32 top-10 finishes in the last three seasons, including eight this season, and really could use one for his confidence heading into his second Ryder Cup appearance next week. His best result in the playoffs was a tie for 35th in the Deutsche Bank Championship, where he seemed to turn things around by finishing 68-68. Then he tied for 54th in the BMW Championship, and he does not have a top-10 finish since he tied for eighth in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in the first week of August.
16. Steve Stricker, United States -- So far, it's been something of a disappointing PGA Tour playoffs for Stricker, who has usually been a force in the FedEx Cup race. His best result has been a tie for 13th in the Deutsche Bank Championship, and he has slid three spots to 13th in the standings during the playoffs. But he still can finish in the top 15 for the sixth consecutive year with a solid finish this week at the Tour Championship. ... Strick will be making his ninth appearance in the finale and posted his best result in his very first, solo third in 1999 at Southern Hills in Tulsa. His best finish at East Lake was a tie for fifth the following year. In 2007, he had a chance to win the FedEx Cup but tied for 17th and finished second in the race to Tiger Woods. Two years later, he finished solo sixth in the Tour Championship and wound up third in the FedEx Cup standings. ... Stricker captured the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions for his eighth victory on the PGA Tour since 2009, but unless he wins the Tour Championship it probably means he will not have multiple victories in one season for the first time since 2008. It hasn't been a bad year, with seven finishes in the top 10, and he came close when he finished with a 64 and tied for second behind Keegan Bradley in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. But he has had some problems with his normally reliable putter, ranking 61st with an average of 28.91 putts per round after being third last year at 27.96.
17. Nick Watney, United States -- Watney missed out on the U.S. Ryder Cup team despite a late surge, but he has a chance to claim the FedEx Cup with a victory this week in the Tour Championship because he ranks third in the point standings. He was 49th at the end of the regular season but turned around what had been a disappointing season by winning the Barclays, the opener of the PGA Tour playoffs, and then tied for 20th in the Deutsche Bank Championship. ... Nick is playing at East Lake for the third consecutive year and recorded his best finish when he shot 63-67 on the weekend in 2010 to tie for fourth, four strokes behind winner Jim Furyk. That lifted him to 12th in the final FedEx Cup standings after he started the playoffs 29th. Last year, he led the standings heading into the playoffs thanks to victories in WGC-Cadillac Championship and the AT&T National, plus eight other top-10 finishes, but his best finish in the postseason events was a tie for 10th in the Barclays, and he wound up ninth at the finish after a tie for 26th in the Tour Championship. ... Even though he tied for 45th in the BMW Championship, Watney said it was great experience to play alongside Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods in the first two rounds. In fact, he played his best golf of the tournament on Thursday and Friday, starting with 70-69, before playing the weekend in 72-74. Watney said it was motivating to play in the same group as the best two players in the world and inspired him to keep working to lift his game.
18. Lee Westwood, England -- This is what Westwood has been working for since he watched the PGA Tour playoffs on television at home in England last year and decided to rejoin the U.S. tour -- he wanted to make a run for the FedEx Cup. His strong play during the postseason has lifted him from 51st in the standings to eighth heading to the Tour Championship. If he wins at East Lake, he would need Rory McIlroy to finish third or worse, Tiger Woods to tie for second or worse, and Nick Watney to finish second or worse in order to claim the $10 million prize. ... Even though Westwood has been a PGA Tour member at times in the past, he never has played in the Tour Championship. In 2008, the last year he was a member, he finished the regular season at 50th in the FedEx Cup standings and decided to skip the playoffs after missing the cut in the PGA Championship despite a tie for second in the previous event, the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. Instead, he flew back to the United Kingdom and tied for 10th in the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles in Scotland before returning for the Ryder Cup at Valhalla. ... Westy started fast this year on the PGA Tour, with four finishes in the top five in his first six tournaments, before hitting a slump. After firing swing coach Pete Cowen and hiring short-game guru Tony Johnstone, he made his move in the playoffs. Westwood should be a factor in Atlanta after tying for fifth in the Barclays, tying for 13th in the Deutsche Bank Championship and tying for second in the BMW Championship.
19. Adam Scott, Australia -- Playing his best golf since squandering a four-stroke lead with bogeys on the last four holes to lose the Open Championship, Scott comes to the Tour Championship with a remote chance to win the FedEx Cup. He has risen 11 spots to 21st in the FedEx Cup standings thanks to two consecutive top-10 finishes, but he will need all of the top players to falter in order to take home the $10 million prize for the season-long chase. Never say never, but should Scott win the tournament, the first of several dominoes that would have to fall would be Rory McIlroy finishing 13th or worse after winning three of his last four events. ... Scott is playing at East Lake for the seventh time and claimed the Tour Championship in 2006, the year before the start of the PGA Tour playoffs. He was brilliant that week, posting four rounds in the 60s and beating Jim Furyk by two strokes for one of the biggest victories in his career. Scott tied for sixth at East Lake last year to finish 13th in the standings, again playing superb golf other than a 74 in round three, and finished two strokes out of the playoff in which Bill Haas beat Hunter Mahan to claim the FedEx Cup. His best year since the start of the postseason series was the inaugural season of 2007, when he started the playoffs 10th and wound up 12th. ... The schedule page at www.adamscott.com finally has posted some future events, and he will take two months off before playing in the Barclays Singapore Open, which he has won three times, the last in 2010. Also listed is the Emirates Australian Open in Australia.
20. Rickie Fowler, United States -- The 23-year-old probably is not harboring any thoughts of winning the FedEx Cup after sneaking into the field for the Tour Championship for the first time, at 27th in the FedEx Cup standings. He simply would like to put a solid capper on a season in which he claimed his first PGA Tour victory at the Wells Fargo Championship during a hot streak of four consecutive finishes in the top 10. It was his second professional victory; he also captured the Kolon Open in South Korea last year. ... Fowler started the playoffs at 18th in the standings thanks to his victory and a tie for second in the Players Championship. He was able to hold onto a spot that guaranteed he would make it to East Lake by tying for 24th in the Barclays, his seventh top-25 finish of the year. In 2010, he began the playoffs at 19th in the standings but missed the top-30 cutoff by two spots, and last year he started 28th and finished 43rd after the BMW to again miss out on the trip to Atlanta. ... After holing a clutch eight-foot putt for par on the 17th hole and closing with a par in the BMW Championship two weeks ago, Fowler was afraid he would miss the Tour Championship again. So he found the nearest computer and watched the numbers change over the last hour until he realized he was in. Rickie had three goals this year: to win on the PGA Tour, qualify for the Tour Championship and make the Ryder Cup team. He was disappointed about the third but decided that two out of three isn't bad.
Others receiving consideration: Bill Haas, United States; Charl Schwartzel, South Africa; Sergio Garcia, Spain; Graeme McDowell, Northern Ireland; Louis Oosthuizen, South Africa; Johnson Wagner, United States; Kyle Stanley, United States; Robert Garrigus, United States; Jim Furyk, United States; Kevin Na, United States; Carl Pettersson, Sweden; Ben Curtis, United States; John Huh, United States; Marc Leishman, Australia; Bo Van Pelt, United States; Scott Piercy, United States; John Senden, Australia; Ryan Moore, United States.