Forgive me if this comes off as a bit chalky, but better safe than sorry.
Here we go:
- Rory McIlroy - I know it's getting old, but let's be serious.
- Adam Scott - A nod to class and elite ball-striking (seventh), par 4 scoring average (third) and all-around ranking (first). Form is a string of top-15 finishes, so he's a safe play in almost any format.
- Jason Day - He's on fire of late, with a T2 and a T7 in his two Playoff starts. He's trending towards picking up a win on one of the last two events. Why not here?
- Jim Furyk - He's been so consistent and his ball-striking has been a big reason as to why. Ranks second in proximity and fifth in par 4 scoring average.
- Bill Haas - Could make Tom Watson regret his decision to leave him off the Ryder Cup team. Last three starts went T2-T15-T9 and it's hard to find a true weakness in his game.
- Sergio Garcia - Interesting call this week after taking last week off to rest up for the Ryder Cup. He's been excellent this year, so no reason to believe he won't be a factor this week.
- Henrik Stenson - Needs to make a move if he is to defend his title at East Lake next week, so expect the top-ranked ball-striker on the PGA TOUR to come out firing.
- Rickie Fowler - While he's cooled a bit with a T23 at TPC Boston, he's still long overdue for a win and it could happen this week.
- Billy Horschel - Billy Ho runs hot, and his T2 last week could have him primed for a big week in Colorado. Kept his cool down the stretch at TPC Boston last week better than in the past.
- Keegan Bradley - Throw everything else out the window. Now that he's received the call and is on the Ryder Cup team, he can free himself up to play some great golf the next two weeks.
- Zach Johnson - This has nothing to do with him being the defending champion. He's quietly gone T22 and T16 in his last two starts and has a solid makeup for most courses when he's on. Ranks inside the top 25 in the all-around ranking, proximity and par 4 scoring average, which are all relevant this week.
- Jimmy Walker - With top-10 finishes in two of his last three outings, it would be borderline reckless to leave him out.
Next 5 (alphabetical): Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan, Graeme McDowell, Phil Mickelson and John Senden
We will return tomorrow to name the Yahoo! starters and the one-and-done. Until then, best of luck to all!