Scott Brown rides in this week's Shell Houston Open with a FedExCup ranking of 110th next to his name.
Brown has collected 83 percent of his FEC points in three events this season. The rest of his 2014-15 campaign has been largely forgettable as he's missed the cut in eight of his 14 starts. Brown missed the cut in his only start at Golf Club of Houston and remains a wildcard for gamers this week.
Stewart Cink arrives at this week's Shell Houston Open ranked first in GIR percentage.
Cink bombards greens and still hits it out there with the young guns as he hovers at 55th in driving distance as well. It's no surprise that he's two for three at this event since it moved to Golf Club of Houston in 2006, including a T6 finish just two years ago. Cink makes for an appealing option in formats that require a cut made but his upside has slowly declined, posting just three top 10s since the beginning of 2012.
Martin Flores looks to bounce back from a pair of missed cuts as he preps for this week's Shell Houston Open.
The Texan remains comfortable in his home state but is wishing he could retroactively go back and change his Thursday tee time last week at the Valero. Flores was on the wrong side of the weather draw and it yielded an 11-over 83 that couldn't be erased come Friday. He was 0-for-3 at this event before last year's T17, so gamers should be optimistic but also realistic.
Mikko Ilonen will make a rare start on the PGA TOUR at this week's Shell Houston Open.
The Finn will be making his first on the PGA TOUR that hasn't come at a major or WGC event. He was last seen competitively on Trump National Doral's Blue Monster Course posting a T23 finish at the WGC-Cadillac Championship. The five-time European Tour winner is still searching for his first PGA TOUR podium finish.
Lee Westwood makes his ninth appearance at the Shell Houston Open and has never missed a cut.
Westwood is a top-contender with six top-25 finishes in his last seven SHOs including top 10s in 2013 and 2010. Course form meets recent form as he's logged five top 25s in each of his five worldwide-starts in 2015. After a T17 at Valspar, Westwood's taken the last two weeks off. One concern, although 16th in par-breakers, he's 132nd in bogey avoidance.
Will MacKenzie makes fifth-career start at the GC of Houston.
MacKenzie has never cashed a check in Humble, TX going zero for four in his previous looks (last visit was in 2011). After recovering from a left hand injury, he made his season debut with a MC at Honda. He impressed the following week with a T6 at Puerto Rico but he's since been heading in the wrong direction (T44 at Valspar and solo 74th at Valero).
Greg Owen has been added to the published field of this week's Shell Houston Open.
The Englishman started the week as the fifth alternate but gained entry when Jimmy Walker withdrew. Owen is just 3-for-8 this season and hasn't played the PGA TOUR since sharing 38th place in Puerto Rico. He tied for 16th on the Web.com Tour last week and has top 25s in his last two trips to the Golf Club of Houston, so his trends could be much worse. That said, we know who he is, which means he's worth avoiding in most formats.
Jimmy Walker has decided not to compete in this week's Shell Houston Open.
Given his four-shot victory at home on Sunday and with the Masters on deck, gamers won't mind this decision. He'll now get a chance to rest and recharge before taking another swing at his first win in a major. UPDATE: About 90 minutes after his WD was announced, Walker released the following statement: "The City of Houston and Tournament Director Steve Timms have always been very good to me throughout my career. Following my win at the Valero Texas Open, I went to Augusta in order to prepare for the Masters. Unfortunately, I soon realized that I was not feeling well and needed to get better before next week. I look forward to returning to Houston in future years."