Away we go:
- Brandt Snedeker - Others offer better course history, but his T11 here last year is enough to check that box. The real draw is his current form, where he boasts a run of T2-T6-8 in his last three starts including the eighth at the U.S. Open. Sneds is known for getting hot in spurts, and this appears to be one of those runs.
- Billy Horschel - Similar to Snedeker, his recent run has been full of top-15 finishes and he's been flirting with a big week for the last month or two. This is a good place for him to burst through with a win, or at least a top 10. He tied for 24th here back in 2012 but has taken a few years off.
- Bubba Watson - Course horse by every measure, he has a win and a runner-up at this layout. Recent form has lagged, but he should right the ship this week.
- Sergio Garcia - Popped up with a T2 here last year and is clearly among the class of the field. Not much stress in Connecticut this week.
- Patrick Reed - Made a little noise at Chambers Bay last week, and managed a T18 here in 2013. While that's not great, his class bridges the remainder of the gap.
- Tony Finau - I keep waiting for him to fade and he keeps disappointing me. I'm finally on board with the bomber.
- Russell Knox - A fitting candidate for a breakthrough win this week, he tied for 13th here last year and is trending into the week with a T24-T18-T8 run in his last three starts.
- Kevin Streelman - Defending champs generally scare me, and this week is no different to a degree, but he's been strong both in form and course history.
- Zach Johnson - ZJ is a steady option this week, though perhaps not spectacular. He's 7/9 with just one top 10, but four top 25s in this tourney.
- Hunter Mahan - Course history that rivals Bubba, Mahan has a win, two runners-up and a fourth-place finish, but really hasn't played all that well the last few months. Classic case of course history versus current form.
- Marc Leishman
- Brendan Steele
- Keegan Bradley
- Branden Grace
- Brendon de Jonge
- Francesco Molinari
- Kevin Na
- Louis Oosthuizen
- Justin Thomas
- Paul Casey
- Patrick Rodgers
- Harris English
- Cameron Smith
- Angel Cabrera
- Jerry Kelly
The best advise I can give you is not to follow me. Somehow I managed to place Jordan Spieth on a missed cut at THE PLAYERS and Rickie Fowler on a missed cut at the U.S. Open. Clearly I'm snake bit.
With that said, I'm going to go ahead and put the curse on Brandt Snedeker this week. You've been warned.