RICKIE FOWLER

Twelve months after finishing second on one of his earliest professional starts, Fowler returns as favourite, albeit to a different course and still without that breakthrough win. It is bound to arrive soon, but these Fall Series events are no time to be backing 14/1 chances.

TIM CLARK

A player of Clark’s pedigree warrants the utmost respect in these moderate Fall Series events, though again short odds make little appeal. He was fourth at Grayhawk last year, and should be there or thereabouts again.

BO VAN PELT

Like Clark, BVP is respected but easily overlooked at short odds. He does deserve another title as reward for a relentlessly consistent season, and signalled good form with sixth last week.

JB HOLMES

Holmes came in for strong consideration on the basis of his excellent record in California, and because he’s played so well on championship courses this summer. Top 25s in the USPGA, Open Championship and at Sawgrass prove he is more than just a one-dimensional bomber.

JUSTIN LEONARD

Placed 45th was very disappointing after a promising start at Sea Island, a course which looked ideal for Leonard. Nevertheless, he always warrants respect at this level, and has been putting well again lately, making eight straight cuts.

JOHN ROLLINS

Rollins made the shortlist. He has a good California record, and hit two excellent rounds to start and finish at Sea Island for 12th place.

KEVIN STREELMAN

Streelman thrived during the FedEx Cup, making a couple of lucrative top tens, and is exactly the birdie-machine type to challenge here.

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JONATHAN BYRD

A solid late-summer run has probably been enough to save Byrd’s card, and he remains in better form than most. Placed 66th was a very disappointing result last week though, on his home course.

HENRIK STENSON

It looks like we’ll be seeing a lot more of Stenson in Europe next year unless he can dramatically turn things around. He’s dropped out of the top 125 by missing his last four cuts, with his game apparently in crisis.

JOE DURANT

Three straight top 20s have probably done enough to save Joe’s card, and the trademark accuracy has returned. He hasn’t impressed in contention over the past two weeks though.

STEPHEN AMES

A mediocre FedEx campaign offers little in the way of recommendation, but Ames did win a Fall Series event last year and is too classy to write off at this level.

TROY MATTESON

Matteson has won this title twice already, when it was held at Grayhawk. On both occasions, he begun the week outside the top 125, and in 118th place this year, is not completely safe yet. He’s offered little promise over the past fortnight though.

CHAD CAMPBELL

Campbell isn’t in terrible form, making nine of his last ten cuts, but hasn’t challenged for a long time. It is only really his name keeping Chad under 50/1.

BEN CURTIS

Ben played well enough carrying our cash last week. On his first start in nearly two months, Curtis hit four sub-70 rounds for 15th place, hitting over 80% of greens in regulation.

MICHAEL ALLEN

There are worse 100/1 shots than Allen, who has been runner-up on three of his last six starts. Two of course came against the seniors, but his Viking Classic performance shows he can still compete against the younger men.

2010 STATS: +38pts

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