Matt Jones ... The last man in the Masters by virtue of his breakthrough victory the previous week in Houston missed the cut in the major, but the experience was invaluable. With his birdie-birdie conclusion to the Shell Houston Open, the latter a 42-yard chip-in on the first hole of sudden death to clip Matt Kuchar, the Aussie will be hard to beat for shot of the year. That punctuated his refocus on golf that began prior to the 2013 season after two years of finishing outside the top 125 in FedExCup points and earnings. Now 33 years of age, he's fully exempt through 2015-16. Jones hasn't missed a cut in his last three trips to Quail Hollow, including a T7 in 2010 and T21 in 2011.
Sang-moon Bae ... The winner of the 2013 HP Byron Nelson Championship hasn't found another top 10 in 25 PGA TOUR starts since. In fact, he closed out last season without a top 30 in 12 starts, but he did raise another trophy in his native South Korea in late September. Currently 104th in FedExCup points on the strength of a pair of top 15s among eight cuts made, the 27-year-old from South Korea shared 57th place in his only previous appearance at Quail Hollow in 2012.
David Lingmerth ... The 26-year-old from Sweden hasn't yet made the kind of noise that rules out a sophomore slump, but when you finish second twice -- including a playoff loss at the Humana Challenge -- in your rookie season, it raises the bar. After totaling three top 10s and another three top 25s last year, he's picked up just one top 25 this season, a T8 at The Honda Classic. His uncle, Goran Lingmerth, holds two college football records achieved in the same game. While kicking for Northern Arizona University in a game against Idaho in 1986, Goran converted on a record eight field goals for a record 24 points by a kicker.
Stephen Ames ... First golfer to make a second appearance in this feature. He was included in the debut the week of the Humana Challenge. He's back because the native of Trinidad turned 50 years of age on Monday, April 28. All of his four career victories occurred after he turned 40 in 2004. Now exempt on the Champions Tour, he's burning a career earnings exemption on the PGA TOUR this season. He hasn't capitalized as he arrived at Quail Hollow ranked 180th in the FedExCup standings. He's been a Canadian citizen for a while and even carried the Olympic torch in advance of the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver.