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Worldwide wins: 11.

Majors: None.

Best 2012 performances: Won the BMW PGA Championship and the Transitions Championship.

2012 majors: Masters-T32, US Open-Cut, British Open-T5.

Backspin: The good news is that he has been No. 1 at the last six majors. All that does is bring more attention to the fact that he has not won a major yet. Only Tiger Woods, Greg Norman, Nick Faldo and Seve Ballesteros have been No. 1 longer than Donald, and all of them had won a major before reaching the top of the ranking. His tie for fifth at the British Open was back door material, but it showed a resilient side to Donald. He needs to be straight off the tee, especially if Kiawah is playing long.

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GRAEME MCDOWELL

Age: 33.

Country: Northern Ireland.

World ranking: 11.

Worldwide wins: 8.

Majors: U.S. Open (2010).

Best 2012 performances: Tie for 2nd at the U.S. Open.

2012 majors: Masters-T12, US Open-T2, British Open-T5.

Backspin: No one has a better record in the majors this year without winning one, and that includes serious Sunday contention in the last two majors. But he still hasn’t won since beating Tiger Woods in a playoff at Sherwood to close out his dream season in 2010. Then again, there wasn’t a big premium on hitting driver off the tee at the last two majors, and that’s an area he’ll need to tighten up for Kiawah.

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