Tiger Woods won’t be playing at his own tournament. U.S. Open champion Justin Rose decided he’s too fatigued to play this week at AT&T National. So without the most popular golfer in the world and the most recent major winner, who in the field is worth coming to Congressional to watch?
World Ranking: 4
Best 2013 finish: 1 (Masters)
Scott won his first major of his career in April at Augusta National. Without Woods and Rose, the 32-year-old Australian is the favorite to win at Congressional. He’s a long hitter — ranking 16th in driving distance — who’s also solid on the greens with his long putter.
World Ranking: 8
Best 2013 finish: 1 (Pebble Beach National Pro-Am)
The 32-year-old had a great start to 2013, with four top-10 finishes before March. But he has fizzled lately, missing the cut in two straight tournaments before finishing tied for 17th at the U.S. Open two weeks ago.
World Ranking: 18
Best 2013 finish: T2 (U.S. Open)
The 25-year-old Australian has finished in the top three four times at majors in his career, but he has just one PGA Tour win (Byron Nelson, 2010). He seems primed for his second career victory, with five top-10 finishes and no missed cuts in 2013.
World Ranking: 30
Best 2013 finish: T3 (Arnold Palmer Invitational)
Known as much for his eccentric, monochrome attire as for his play, the 24-year-old is one of the most promising young American golfers. Fowler secured his first PGA Tour victory last year at the Wells Fargo Championship.