Here we go:
- Brooks Koepka - Jumps off the page due to his recent form and posted a respectable T38 here last year in his first look at Sedgefield CC.
- Brandt Snedeker - At this venue, he sports a pair of top-five finishes (including last year) and has made six of seven cuts. Clearly one of the classier players in the field, he's a solid play in any format.
- Webb Simpson - A known course horse, this is one that fits his eye in his home state. Has a win as one of his three top 11s and has made five of six cuts.
- Bill Haas - Close followers of Haas know several things. First, he has never performed well in majors. That places a big asterisk on his recent form. His course history, however, is very good here. It features three top 10s including a T2 last year. Make no mistake, he's very dangerous this week. Which brings us to the second thing to know. His course history often overrides his current form.
- Justin Thomas - Patrick Reed broke through here, and it would be no surprise to see Thomas follow in his footsteps. Playing great lately, with a T5-T4-T18 run entering the week.
- Hideki Matsuyama - A nod to his class, he is 1/2 with a top 15 in 2013. Recent form is good, but not great.
- Will Wilcox - Lacks the class of those above him and immediately below him, but is as hot as anyone. A T24 LY is good enough to elevate him into the top 10, given his form.
- Branden Grace - Did you watch the last few majors?
- Martin Kaymer - Tied for 20th here in 2013 and has recently been making some noise with some top-15 finishes.
- Paul Casey - He's 4/5 with a T18 here last year and has been a steady hand of late. In a field lacking tons of depth, he's a savvy play.
- Billy Horschel
- Adam Scott
- Patrick Rodgers
- Charl Schwartzel
- Ryan Moore
- Tiger Woods
- Harris English
- Cameron Smith
- Ollie Schniederjans
- Scott Piercy (WD)
- Luke Donald
- Camilo Villegas
- David Toms
- Carl Pettersson
- Chad Campbell
It's turning into that point of the season where you burn 'em if you got 'em. Some people trailing begin taking some calculated risks, but I don't exactly buy into that. Many of the gamers ahead of you have already burned the players you are considering, so it's a bit of a musical chairs with picks. I do encourage those of you trying to maintain to burn "chalk" whenever possible and force others to reach.
Of my top 12, there are only two that I have still at my disposal. They are Martin Kaymer and Branden Grace. While I have Grace slightly higher in my power ranking, I'm rolling with Kaymer for two reasons. Kaymer has course history (T20 in '13), and Grace could have a bit of a major hangover.
Best of luck to all!