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Two Dozen

  1. Louis Oosthuizen

After T-2 at Quail Hollow and T-10 at Glen Oaks his T-30 at TPC Boston killed folks like me who were riding the wave in OAD. The South African is class and his game travels so it won’t surprise me to see him loitering again this week.

  1. Russell Henley

He hasn’t broke 71 in his last four Sunday rounds but he hasn’t MC since Memphis. His 64 to open at Glen Oaks was the exception, not the rule, in the last month.

  1. Patrick Reed

He hopes to perform better down the stretch than the Fighting Irish that he was watching last Saturday night. With only two bad rounds in the last 16, I’d expect another big finish this week. He’s already closed the deal in one of these with his victory at Bethpage Black last year, his last win on Tour.

  1. Webb Simpson

I thought last week would be the week to keep the fire burning but the 2011 champ at TPC Boston didn’t fire. With nothing better than 69 here in eight rounds and his position pretty safe, I’ll take a peek at East Lake if necessary. Slick greens make me nervous.

  1. Kevin Chappell

I don’t know whether it was nerves on making the Presidents Cup team or nerves on making the Presidents Cup team but he played his final eight holes last week in three over. His three previous trips on Bent/Poa were all T-13 or better.

  1. Kyle Stanley

Without anything inside T-25 since his win at QLN and never seeing the course, I don’t care how well he hits it tee-to-green. Over 12′ on the Stimp doesn’t help either.

  1. Matt Kuchar

Everyone forgets he shot 61 here in 2013 on Saturday because Furyk shot 59. Everyone forgets he also has four of his eight round two OVER par or worse. I’ll add he’s never finished INSIDE the top 10 at East Lake. Glad I’m out of starts in every format!

  1. Justin Rose

His summer of rot finally ended with T-10 at Glen Oaks followed by T-10 the next week. This is his eighth year in a row in this event and knows what exactly is required. 64 highlights his eight rounds at Conway Farms and T-13 in ’15 is his best of the pair. Rose absolutely rakes at East Lake for those of you wondering aloud.

  1. Adam Hadwin

I like him as an outsider because of his inconsistency overall but his consistency on fast greens and Bent/Poa. His T-5 at WGC-BI was no joke on a course much tougher than this one but yet with bigger greens. His T-13 last week was encouraging but came with a ton of pars.

  1. Brian Harman

First time he saw this track he posted 66 followed by 69 before slipping to 72-76 on the weekend. Harman should have good vibes back in this part of the world as he was T-2 up the road at Erin Hills and T-10 at JDC earlier this summer. His recent form suggests maybe waiting for East Lake.

  1. Kevin Kisner

After nearly winning the PGA he hasn’t fired in his last three events. His last seven rounds are in the 70’s but he could care less. His wife gave birth on the ninth to a son. He’s on the Presidents Cup team. His Georgia Bulldogs are 2-0. Nah.

  1. Jhonattan Vegas

With a win, T-3 and T-17 in his last five plus a spot on the Presidents Cup team, Vegas gets his first look at Conway Farms in the form of his life. He came back to Earth at TPC Boston (T-65) but his last six weeks has been very solid.

  1. Charley Hoffman

He joined Mickelson as a Captain’s pick for the Presidents Cup team and should be excited to prove Steve Stricker right. His fantastic season includes eight rounds in a row of 70 or lower on Sunday, once a problem for him. There’s no cut this week so be patient and he can make birdies with the best of them.

  1. Daniel Berger

He’s not afraid of the field or the moment as he opened here 65-64 as a rookie in 2015 in finishing second. He backed it up with T-10 at Crooked Stick last year so late-season golf is right up his alley. He sits 15th in Strokes Gained: Total so he’s steady throughout the entire bag.

  1. Pat Perez

The second half of the San Diego renaissance along with Hoffman, Perez has three podiums and three other top 10’s including T-6 at TPC Boston last time out with 67-67-67 to close. His last round here in 2015 he closed with 66.

  1. Brooks Koepka

Of his last six starts, including his dominant win at Erin Hills, the big hitter has finished T-18 or better in five so he’s well in form. He toast the 7,200 yards with his big hitting but his ball-striking will have to give his putter chances to cash.

  1. Paul Casey

Every format, every everything and he’s a father again! His last five FEC events he’s finished second, second, fourth, fifth and T-4 last time in Boston.

  1. Marc Leishman

I’m having problems finding a reason to push him back with three top 10’s in his last six. He led by two at the turn on the final nine at TPC Boston before leaking oil and finishing third. It would have been huge to hold off both Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas but nobody said winning Playoff events would be easy.

  1. Rickie Fowler

People are upset when he finishes T-13 or T-10 so that shows you how high he’s set the bar. He’s made 16 cuts and has 15 top 25’s and has been nothing but automatic all season. He’s 20-under in his last seven rounds at Conway Farms and is one place out of THE FIVE who will be guaranteed the title with a victory next week.

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