OTHER CANDIDATES

ADAM SCOTT

Scott came in for close consideration after top-tens on two of his last three. He won this title in 2003 and was runner-up the following year. The only concern, as always, is whether he’ll hole enough putts.

PAUL CASEY

Nobody has a bigger point to prove this week than Casey, after becoming the highest-ranked player ever to miss out on Ryder Cup qualification. Consecutive 12th place finishes at Ridgewood and Whistling Straits suggest he’s close to his best.

ERNIE ELS

Ernie is impossible to fancy after a miserable week at Ridgewood, though did go well in third place at Boston two years ago.

PADRAIG HARRINGTON

Again, Ryder Cup selection looms large over Harrington’s week. Personally, I would have preferred Casey or Rose, though obviously Monty had an impossible dilemma. He finished fourth last year after missing the cut twice previously at Boston.

RETIEF GOOSEN

Goosen was eighth last year, and finished a respectable 21st at Ridgewood. That adds up to a reasonable claim, although he’s become rather untrustworthy of late.

SEAN O’HAIR

Sean never really got going last week, though mid-division was a solid enough result. He could well be worth considering again, on a course where he’s made three previous top-15s.

LUKE DONALD

Donald may have pipped his fellow Englishmen to that Ryder Cup slot, but he looks far weaker than them at Boston, where his previous record is awful, failing to make the top-50 in three tries.

MARTIN LAIRD

Hopefully Laird will take the positives out of last week’s near-miss, rather than focussing on that three-putt on the 72nd hole. That wasn’t the first time he’s thrived at this time of the year, when his high ball-flight offers an advantage on dried out greens.

ANGEL CABRERA

This dual major champion has a decent Boston record, finishing 23rd, 15th and fourth in the last three years. 15th at Ridgewood was a fair effort too.

BUBBA WATSON

Very long-hitters have often thrived here in the past, and Bubba’s 12th place in 2006 reads rather well considering his recent improvement.

2010 STATS: -47pts

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