Worldwide wins: 5.
Best 2012 performances: Tie for 3rd at the Tournament of Champions.
2012 majors: Masters-T27, US Open-T56, British Open-Cut.
Backspin: Sticking with the South Carolina theme (see Dustin Johnson) and the notion that in the last five years, the majors have delivered winners that not many saw coming (show of hands for Keegan Bradley? Lucas Glover? Zach Johnson?). He grew up in the Palmetto State and went to Clemson, and plays out of Sea Island about two hours down the coast. He’s a long hitter and a very good iron player. Plus, he has made two cuts in the majors this year. His last cut in a major was in 2007 at Carnoustie.
Country: United States.
World ranking: 20.
Worldwide wins: 2.
Best 2012 performances: Won the Wells Fargo Championship.
2012 majors: Masters-T27, US Open-T41, British Open-T31.
Backspin: His breakthrough, with due respect to the Korea Open, came in May at Quail Hollow when he beat Rory McIlroy and D.A. Points in a playoff for his first PGA Tour win. He was a runner-up the next week at The Players Championship, finished a distant fifth at Colonial … and then went quiet. He will have played only four times in 10 weeks when he gets to the final major of the year. He’s either in a lull or bracing for a big finish. The hunch here is the latter.