Without further ado, here we go!
- Jordan Spieth - I can't fathom anyone else leading off this power ranking.
- Charley Hoffman - Contended at the Masters before snaring a top 10 and hasn't finished worse than a T11 in his last three starts. Offers some nice course history at Harbour Town, going four for five with two top 10s.
- Matt Kuchar - Gets the nod more because of his course history and class than his current form, but so it goes with a relatively weak and small field. He's 10/11 and has two other top 10s to go with last year's win.
- Webb Simpson - Remember the rule with Webb. When the course history lines up, that is more important than form with him. He's four for five with three top 15s including a runner-up finish at Harbour Town and managed a steady T28 in the Masters last week.
- Patrick Reed - Course history isn't all that impressive, but there has to be some reason he's returning for the third time. Class and stats rule in this one, as we know what can happen when he sniffs the lead.
- Luke Donald - This has everything to do with course history. Try a T2, T3, 2, T37, T3 and 2 in his last six trips to Harbour Town. One has to overlook some messy current form if they are to invest in his direction this week.
- Zach Johnson - Ball-striking is a go if the putter will cooperate with two top-10 finishes in his last three starts including a T9 at the Masters. Only has two top 10s/25s at Harbour Town, but his value this week is in his current form.
- Russell Henley - Hasn't missed a cut all year and finished 4th and 21st in his last two starts leading up to this one. Has a T6 and a missed cut at Harbour Town, but his current trend is headed more to the former than the latter.
- Jim Furyk - With a T40, T58 and missed cut in his last three starts, there's clearly something not clicking. He's 13/16 with a win, two runners-up and a T7 last year in this event, so he's can't be faded any further than this.
- Boo Weekley - Course history is clearly in his favor, as he's 8/8 with five top 25s, three top 10s and two wins. He's right at home on the South Carolina coast.
- Ian Poulter
- Brandt Snedeker
- Brendon Todd
- Russell Knox
- Pat Perez
- Matt Every
- Ben Martin
- Rory Sabbatini
- Jason Kokrak
- Charles Howell III
I will return later this week with a OAD selection.
While I have Jordan Spieth available, it's hard to pull the trigger this week with a hangover possible and the purse small. I've been asked where I may play him, and the two spots that come to mind are THE PLAYERS and the TOUR Championship.
The names I'm considering the hardest right now are Charley Hoffman, Luke Donald and Russell Henley. Kevin Na would have been on that list had he not withdrawn earlier today.
Once tee times are announced and the weather (wind) examined for the first two rounds, we'll be back to declare this week's OAD.
Until then, best of luck to all!