Somebody from this list will win this week. It always happens that way after a major, right? RIGHT!?!?!?
David Hearn: The Canadian missed a five-footer his last time out that would have won him his first TOUR event. He’s been playing consistently enough that I believe he’ll be in the mix after taking last week off. He’ll be facing the same pressure as Graham DeLaet and the rest of the maple syrup makers this week.
Luke Donald: Another company man, the RBC Ambassador will be happy to see trees and green after his 80-72 MC last week. Anytime a guy can roll the rock like he does he will find his way onto this list. His 72 on Friday was a nice bouce-back that tells me he’s not trending in the wrong direction.
Chris Stroud: He has bagged three top 10s in his last five starts including a playoff defeat at the Travelers. He’s 30th in total putting and an outstanding second in scrambling. He also finds himself seventh in par-four performance. No wonder why he’s made seven cuts on the bounce.
Graeme McDowell: He bounced back after MC at the Masters with a win at the other RBC event, the Heritage. He bounced back after MC at the U.S. Open to win three events later in France. He can bounce back after another disappointing majors performance this week as well. His driver and short game are too good to dismiss.
Nicholas Thompson: After MC in six event that ran from the end of April to the beginning of June, “Lexi’s brother” has cashed checks in six of his last seven including T12 at JDC and a solo fourth last week in Mississippi. Sure, his final round scoring in those events were one-under and one-over but when a guy is hot and trying to break through, he makes it on this list. He’s 13th in ball-striking so if he can hole a few putts, he’ll keep the streak alive.
Martin Flores: He’s seen the weekend in seven of his last eight outings and is 30-under in his last two tournaments. Sometimes you just have to ride the hot hand.
David Lingmerth: Since his T2 finish at THE PLAYERS, the Swede has added five more consecutive cuts to his ever-growing resume. His last time out he finished T9 at The Greenbrier. Henrik Stenson gave it a run last week and Lingmerth also has two seconds this year. Both of them are trying to add their name to the list that only Jonas Blixt occupies this year for Sweden: winner.
Chez Reavie: The 2008 champion has been as warm as the summer as he’s avoided the trunk shut for eight events on the bounce. The bad news is that he hasn’t cracked the top 10 in any of these. Don’t forget, he won the 2008 on this course.
Chad Campbell: He’s coming off T15 at JDC and T7 last week and the veteran knows the only way he’s going to keep his card is to continue down this path. Currently on a run of nine cuts made from 11 events, another quality finish this week will improve his FEDEXCup position of No. 136. He lost out late to Shaun Micheel at Oak Hill in 2003. The only way he gets another crack is a win this week.
Charley Hoffman: He’s seventh on TOUR in birdie-or-better conversion percentage because he’s 12th on the par-fours and 10th on the par fives. He’s also ninth in birdie average and has a 61 to his name from the Travelers.
Jim Herman: Back-to-back top 10s in his career for the first time ever. No idea if this continues but I’ll take ANOTHER swing with him this week.
S.Y. Noh: He showed signs of life last week in Mississippi and I’m trying to jump on before he bags a top 10. He has two finishes in the top 25 this year in 22 events. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.
Bob Estes: He finished T14 in 2008 and T8 in 2009 and is the only true “horse-for-course” this week. He hasn’t posted a top 25 since early April.
Brian Davis: Before 80-77 at The Open, Davis racked up seven weekends in a row. He’s the definition of “safe bet” to make the cut this week.
Brian Stuard: The Michigan native will feel right at home in Canada. He was T6 his last time out at Greenbrier. Shhhhhhhhhhhh.
Cameron Tringale: If the game was played in a vacuum directly off stats, he would be in the Top 10, Plus One every week. He’s hit the top 20 in his last two visits north of the border but only has one top 10 on the season. Lightning in a bottle, anyone?
Andres Romero: Only two rounds over par in his last 16, his solid putting leads to birdies.
Johnson Wagner: He found something after his “boot camp” with his coach before The Greenbrier (T2) and was only six shots out of the lead heading into Sunday at The Open. He’ll be under the radar.
Just because they have well-recognized names doesn’t always mean you have to panic to fill your roster out with them…Also, it seems at least one of these guys will hit the top 10 EVERY week. I’m not scared.
Whoa, Canada is right. Just because a guy is Canadian doesn’t guarantee any success here this week. Be careful if you’re just picking by flag this week. Players who teed it up last week at The Open and played all four rounds might be out of gas come the weekend after trying to tame Muirfield.
Rookie of the Week Last Week
I keep an eye on the youngin’s each week to see who is making the most noise.
Sony: Russell Henley WIN
Humana: David Lingmerth P2
Farmers: Brad Fritsch T9
WMPO: James Hahn T16
AT&T: James Hahn T3
NTO: Luke Guthrie T21
WGC-Match Play: Russell Henley 2nd round
Honda: Luke Guthrie 3rd
WGC-Cadillac: Russell Henley T28
Puerto Rico: Jordan Spieth 2nd
Tampa Bay: Jordan Spieth T7; Shawn Stefani T7; Ben Kohles T7
Arnold Palmer: Ben Kohles T14
Shell Houston Open: Robert Streb T22
Valero Texas Open: Ben Kohles T37
Masters: Russell Henley MC
RBC Heritage: Russell Henley T6
Zurich Classic: D. H. Lee T8
Wells Fargo Championship: Derek Ernst WIN
THE PLAYERS: David Lingmerth. Great back-to-back weeks for the rookies on TOUR!
HPBNC: Morgan Hoffmann T5
Colonial: Jordan Spieth, yep, him again, T7
Memorial: Russell Henley T6
FESJC: Patrick Reed Fifth
U.S. Open: David Lingmerth T17; special mentions for Hideki Matsuyama T10 and Michael Kim T17.
Travelers: Morgan Hoffmann T9
AT&T National: D.H. Lee T3; Jordan Spieth 6th; Morgan Hoffmann T8
Greenbrier: David Lingmerth and D.H. Lee both T9
John Deere: Jordan Spieth WIN
The Open Championship: Jordan Spieth T44
Sanderson Farms: Steve LeBrun T26