These guys just missed out on the premium list but should not be dismissed this week.
Bill Haas: He’s right on schedule from last year heading into this week as he didn’t play very well at HTOC or at Humana. Last year he fired an opening round 63 and finished T4. In eight starts here, he adds four more T20 or better to his finish last year.
Jason Day: Let’s not forget two years ago Day was runner-up at the Masters and the U.S. Open at Congressional. He’s put last year behind him and his flying below the radar. As far as he hits it, he’ll have a chance this week if he holes putts. The only thing that scares me about him this week is his lack of success at Torrey Pines and on the West Coast. I still believe.
John Huh: In his first trip around Torrey Pines as a pro, Huh opened with a 64 and finished T6 after a Sunday 74. His strength is his driving accuracy and his putter. He’ll hit more greens (for more birdie chances) from the short grass than the kikuyugrass. His 63 in the second round at the Sony his last time out signals that he’s raring to go for 2013.
Marc Leishman: The Aussie is four-for-four in La Jolla and has a T2 and T9 to show for it as well. After stumbling out of the blocks at the HTOC he picked up a T9 at the Sony Open. He’s played 13 of 16 rounds at par or better at Torrey Pines.
Stewart Cink: Is it time to welcome back “The Kitchen Cink”? I say yes. He finished T10 last week at Humana and in 10 starts at Torrey Pines, he’s finished in the top 30 eight times. Sure, this was his first top 10 since May of 2011 but he’s playing well RIGHT NOW and that’s all I’m concerned about THIS WEEK!
John Rollins: In his last four starts here he’s finished second, T20, MC and solo third last year. He’s played twice this year and finished T20 and T16.
Nicolas Colsaerts: I like his length and he’s showed at Olympic Club last summer that he can play on the West Coast on tough courses.
Cameron Tringale: The Mission Viejo native is getting better each year and better each time at Torrey Pines including last year’s T4.
Ben Crane: The 2010 champion has three additional finishes in the top 14 in eight career starts.
D.A. Points: In his last three outings here he’s finished T9, solo fifth and T8 last year. He’s played 10 of 12 rounds UNDER par.
Off the Beaten Path
Either “horse-for-course” or guys off the radar
Bud Cauley: The 2012 rookie was T13 here last year. In six rounds in 2013 he’s fired 63, 66 and 67 so he’s getting close.
Lucas Glover: He’s hit the top 10 three times in eight starts. He’s also been cut three times in eight starts. He’s high risk with a possible high reward.
Justin Leonard: He’s played only twice, 2008 (solo fifth) and last year T8, since 2006. He’s two-for-two in cuts made in 2013.
Pat Perez: Another So-Cal kid growing up, Perez went to Torrey Pines High School and won the Junior World title on this course. He was T22 last year and T20 in 2011. He blows hot and cold as evidenced by his start in 2013 but he’s worth a flyer this week.
Jimmy Walker: His work with Butch Harmon has led to T26 and T23 finishes beginning his season. He finished T8 here last year.
Matt Jones: He’s off to a very solid start in 2013 with T15 at the Sony and T23 last week at Humana. He’s struggled recently here but he did have a solo fifth in 2009.
Bill Lunde: If the alternate gets in the mix, beware. He led the field in GIR last year and that led to a T13 finish. He was raised in San Diego so he’s seen this course once or twice and he’s made three on the bounce improving each year.
Current form plus course history or injury has chased me away this week.
Brandt Jobe: Wrong Brandt this week as Jobe tees it up after a back injury for the first time in 2013.
Y.E. Yang: His 63 in the final round on Sunday at the Sony may have caught your eye but his best finish in four starts here is T44.
J.J. Henry: He has one top 25 (T11, 2009) in 11 starts here. Reach somewhere else.
Gary Woodland: In 11 rounds here he’s posted one round in the 60’s.
Bo Van Pelt: I’m usually a big Van Pelt backer but this course isn’t one of his favorites. He’s played it five times since finishing T4 in 2004 and has been cut four of those times and was T67 in the other. None of those rounds found the 60’s either.
Jeff Overton: He mentioned via Twitter that he was excited to finish strong at Humana but his previous record here is cause for concern.