Matt Kuchar … An omission from the Power Rankings for this guy almost always lands him here. It’s relative, of course, but that we can’t rule out fatigue for the bronze medalist despite the fact that he’s one of the busier among the game’s elite is the narrative. He’s misfiring in the Playoffs, ranking T65 in GIR, 90th in scrambling and T89 in par-5 scoring. A T54 at Crooked Stick in 2012 adds fuel to the decision not to invest even as he’s attempting to hold ground as the 28-seed. The 38-year-old would likely regain our confidence if he can just get to East Lake.
Brandt Snedeker … He’s toyed with our allegiance most of the year and it doesn’t help that en route to his FedExCup title in 2012, he finished T37 at Crooked Stick where he closed with 74. He placed a respective second, sixth and first in the other three Playoffs events in that series.
Branden Grace … In due time, perhaps as soon as next year, the South African will find his footing in the FedExCup Playoffs, but his first spin hasn’t been inspiring. This time last year, he sat out several weeks before a final push in the Race to Dubai. After opening the Playoffs slotted 25th, he’s now 37th and this close to returning to the European Tour to focus on turning his spot at sixth in the R2D standings into a season-long title. While we expect him to give every effort to contend at Crooked Stick, gamers still need to respect that tug.
Charl Schwartzel … A win at Copperhead paid off full-season salary investors, but his week-to-week value continues to tap on the glass ceiling. The 32-year-old opened the Playoffs with T53 and solo 70th, respectively, and hasn’t broken par in a final round since Muirfield Village three months ago.
Zach Johnson … As noted in this section the week of The Barclays, he’s putting wonderfully again, but it’s not showing in his scores. Consider that in four starts since the Travelers Championship, he’s ranked 10th, 17th, 18th and fifth in strokes gained: putting, but has finished a respective T47, T34, T48 and T57 on those leaderboards. It’s a confounding relationship given how his struggles in recent years have been tied to poor putting.