One side note. When I reference course history below, I'm just talking about what has happened since 2008. That is when the most recent redesign was completed and the format went to exclusively one course instead of a rotation.
Here we go:
- Jordan Spieth - This comes with a bit of an asterisk. It's a known fact that this isn't Spieth's favorite layout, despite playing it more than any other stop on the PGA TOUR. It's his home event, but the course does not fit his eye. That said, who cares. While it's a good week to bench him in formats that limit number of plays, it's hard to place anyone above him in games where there are no limits on starts.
- Jason Day - After a win and a fifth in his first two trips, he's quietly slipped with a T9 and a T27 in his last two. He's also failed to impress in his last two TOUR starts. Needless to say, he hasn't done enough to pass Spieth.
- Dustin Johnson - He's 5/5 with 3 top 10s and a T7 last year. Add to that, he's among the class of the field, and what's not to at least like. Recent form is just OK.
- Marc Leishman - Course history buffs won't be able to pass on the Aussie, and who can blame them. He's made 5/6 cuts here, and all five went for T12s or better. Two of those were T3s. In the recent rearview mirror, he's cracked the top 30 in each of his last three starts and seems to be in decent form. Clearly a one-and-done candidate this week for those that have him available.
- Charley Hoffman - Just hasn't slowed down this year, racking up another top 10 last week at Colonial. Tied for eighth here last year, which is one of his two top 10s in six tries at TPC Four Seasons Resort.
- Ian Poulter - It's been a while since he's been to Dallas, so his poor course history isn't all that relevant. What is relevant is how steady he's been in 2015. Coming off a near miss last week, he'll be hungry to prove he can win in the U.S. again.
- Matt Kuchar - Recent form is a bit blah but, as you would expect, he's nabbed a few top 10s in this event and is always a threat to finish on the front page of a leaderboard.
- Keegan Bradley - Another course history all star, he's 4/4 with a win, a runner-up and all top 30s. Something's been off this year, and it seems to be his putter. His SGP clip is way off, and it seems obvious why that would be true. He's working his way out of the belly putter.
- Brandt Snedeker - Missed the cut here last year, but his T2 at Colonial last week should have him riding a wave of confidence.
- Danny Lee - The Texas resident has finished T13 and T10 in his last two starts leading into this week and has twice cracked the top 20 in three tries at TPC Four Seasons Resort. Hard to find a better example of form meeting history.
- Jimmy Walker
- Rory Sabbatini
- Ryan Palmer
- Gary Woodland
- Zach Johnson
- Brendon Todd
- Boo Weekley
- Justin Thomas
- Charles Howell III
- Jason Dufner
- Harris English
- Sang-mood Bae
- Brian Harman
- Tony Finau
- Adam Hadwin
I will return tomorrow with the one-and-done selection.
Until then, best of luck to all!