JIM FURYK
 
Golf’s ‘Mr Consistency’ makes his seasonal debut on a course where his record is uniquely poor. Besides one third place, he has made the top 30 only once in well over a decade.
 
ANGEL CABRERA

As a top-class, big-hitting overseas star, Cabrera ticks several boxes. It’s strange therefore to find that he’s yet to register a top ten in seven Riviera visits.

KJ CHOI

Third place in this event 12 months ago was one of the highlights of a disappointing campaign, but Choi still warrants respect as a multiple winner. That was his third top-seven finish at Riviera, and the Korean wasn’t too far away over the weekend.

ANTHONY KIM
 
Kim makes his first US start of an important year of his progress, needing to recapture the magic of 2008. He did make a highly impressive course debut that year, finishing ninth.
 
TIM CLARK

Clark has yet to seriously challenge in seven tries at Riviera, and while second place last time out would normally be a formguide, he’s hard to back with confidence after blowing another golden opportunity.
 
LUKE DONALD
 
Donald’s course record is excellent, finishing 13th or better in four of the last five years. He had an even better record at last week’s venue though, and failed to deliver.
 
RICKIE FOWLER
 
Another cracking performance to make the frame at Torrey Pines has confirmed Rickie Fowler as the hottest prospect in US golf. This is not a course for youngsters, though.

DUSTIN JOHNSON

Dustin hasn’t delivered yet in 2010, but remains a player worth following, and did make last year’s top ten.

MATT KUCHAR

After a couple of top threes already in 2010, Kuchar must rate a contender on any course, even if he has previously showed very little here.
 
RYAN MOORE
 
Outside the top 60 on three previous visits, but Moore remains a player on the up.
 
MICHAEL SIM
 
Last year’s Nationwide Tour winner served notice of his great potential on Sunday, but will do well to prosper on his Riviera debut.
 
BRANDT SNEDEKER
 
In good form, but missed both previous cuts here.
 
NICK WATNEY
 
Another classy up and coming player, who is hard to fancy on previous Riviera evidence.

MIKE WEIR
 
Weir has some great course form having won the Nissan Open in consecutive years, but don’t be fooled. Since the course was lengthened in 2004, his best is just 22nd.

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