These guys just missed out on the premium list but should not be dismissed this week.
Josh Teater: I knew I should have NEVER abandoned my TEATER HEATER! I’m riding the hot hand this week in the desert!
Bo Van Pelt: Gulp. His 81 on Sunday at Torrey Pines didn’t help my confidence in BVP this week but I figured he’ll be revved up to get back on the birdie train this week. He was T8 last year and T18 in 2011. He’ll rebound.
Vijay Singh: The two-time champion seems to feast on courses where GIR is a big deal. He’s also made 14 cuts on the bounce (T3 on TOUR).
Keegan Bradley: One more week before we let young Bradley have some time to breathe. He led the TOUR in the all-around category last year so we all know it’s in there. He likes birdies so this week should help him out. He was T15 in his maiden voyage last year.
Tim Clark: He went toe-to-toe with Russell Henley at the Sony to finish T2 and missed the cut at Humana by a shot at nine-under par. Don’t forget about Clark this week!
Scott Piercy: Don’t look at his final round scoring average in this event. In spite of that, he’s finished T6 and T8 in 2009-2010. He makes plenty of birdies and is solid all-around player.
Ben Crane: Will we have another “Golfboys” show on No. 16 tee again this year? Is this the moment they are waiting for? While you ponder that thought, remember in his last five tournaments here Crane has one round of 20 over par. He’s finished second here last year. Don’t be distracted by his off-the-course hijinks.
Chris Kirk: “The Captain” returns after a T5 at the Sony and MC at Humana. His worst round this year is 71. He hits plenty of greens to be in the mix come the weekend.
K.J. Choi: Let’s see if the 40-something can carry the momentum one more week. Stretching a bit here but if he found something with that 65 on the South course at Torrey, he might light it up this week.
Brendon de Jonge: Started to get moving in the right direction last week with a closing 69 at Torrey Pines gives him T54, T47 and now T15 to open 2013. He’s a birdie maker because he hits plenty of GIR.
Bryce Molder: He’s cashed three straight times here and has hit the board at T15 and T8. He has one round over par in that stretch.
John Rollins: Half of his 10 starts here have landed in him in the top 15. Rollins is three for three in the new year and has two top 20s to show for his solid start.
Pat Perez: After missing the cut here in his first six attempts, Perez has cashed five times in a row, including T24 or better his last three years. He was T9 at the Sony and T21 last week so he’s been close.
Off the Beaten Path
Either “horse-for-course” or guys off the radar
J.B. Holmes: In seven starts he’s won twice and finished T5. He MC last week to open his 2013 season at Torrey Pines.
Kevin Na: He’s MC twice in two starts in 2013 but his worst round is 71. In seven starts here he’s amassed T2, solo third, T4 and T5.
Y.E. Yang: Prior to his MC last year, Yang was T8 and third.
Mark Wilson: He’s playing his sixth tournament in a row at the Stadium Course where he has finished T9, T14, T19 and T48 on top of his win in 2011.
David Toms: In his last seven times to the Stadium course, he has a pair of T4s, T8 and T19. The other three times he was cut. This sounds like his only tournament in 2013 where he went 67-64 paired with 75 and 72. High risk and potentially high reward!
Current form plus course history or injury has chased me away this week.
Ryan Moore: New dad, slow start to 2013 and awful weekends here his last two years.
Kyle Stanley: The defending champ usually gets a look from me. Not this week.
Stewart Cink: He shot 83 here last before WD. Skeletons.
Mike Weir: Weir showed promised in making the cut last week but his only round under par was on the easier North course. I’m not ready to reach yet.
Rookie of the Week
Sony: Russell Henley WIN
Humana: David Lingmerth P2
Farmers: Brad Fritsch T9