Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Five Players To Watch This Week

It's time to get the Quail Hollow Championship started.

Monday and Tuesday were about waiting, Wednesday was about Tiger returning, Phil getting sick and Freddie and Michael playing together. Now it's about business.

The dream scenario would have Woods, Mickelson, Padraig Harrington, Rickie Fowler, Camilo Villegas, Boo Weekley, Davis Love III and a few others shouldering for position on the leader board this weekend. No one's quite sure what to expect.

The golf course is in prime shape, though it's soft enough from Tuesday's rain that it may yield some low scores. The field is exceptional and the weather will be perfect for scoring.

I'm terrible at picking winners but here are five guys I like heading into the first round:

-- Anthony Kim. I know he's hurt and flew in from Korea Monday but he's making birdies by the bushel and loves this place. He's dangerous.

-- Jim Furyk. He's won twice this year. He's won here and lost in a playoff another time. He's playing well and seems to live on leader boards.

-- Jason Dufner. Tied for fifth here last year. May not be well known but he's a good player.

-- Tiger Woods. Even if he's only played one tournament in almost six months, he's still Tiger Woods.

-- Phil Mickelson. Beware the sick golfer, especially one who just won the Masters.