Gary Woodland ... At this time last year, he sat inside the top 75 in the Official World Golf Ranking. While he's 15-for-23 since, including an active streak of seven consecutive cuts made, he's managed just one top 25 in his last 15 starts. In his first of two trips to Muirfield Village, he finished alone in sixth place in 2011. Sits third in distance off the tee and 73rd in greens in regulation. Also T18 in par-3 scoring average. One of 13 golfers that hasn't missed a putt from three feet and in all season; he's perfect in 463 attempts.
Matt Every ... Put together four rounds at Colonial en route to a season-best T4. Ranked T3 for the week in greens in regulation, fifth in proximity to the hole, sixth in scrambling and T4 in par-4 scoring average. Currently 44th on TOUR in GIR and T24 in par-4 scoring. Tied for sixth in his debut at Muirfield Village last year, ranking ninth in scrambling and sinking all 52 attempts from five feet and in.
Jason Kokrak ... Making his debut at Muirfield Village where his length will help offset the requisite learning curve on and around the greens. However, in his first appearance at Colonial last week, he turned in a T18 on a track that has benefited ball-strikers with prior experience, not bombers. It was his fourth top 25 of the year. He's 43rd on TOUR in greens in regulation and T8 in par-5 scoring average.
Ryo Ishikawa ... Muirfield Village is site of one of his five top 10s in 58 PGA TOUR starts. That came in the form of a T9 in his first appearance last year. He ranked T24 in greens hit, 14th in strokes gained-putting, T11 in scrambling and T5 in par-3 scoring average for the week. The 21-year-old enters this week riding a career-high consecutive cuts made streak of five. It includes a T10 at the HP Byron Nelson Championship where he placed T7 in greens in regulation and T5 in par breakers.
Shane Lowry ... Making just his 10th start in a PGA TOUR event. Both of his top 25s occurred earlier this year -- T9 (World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship); T15 (Valero Texas Open). Tied for 12th at last week's BMW PGA Championship. Owns the kind of inverse ratio that guys like Luke Donald and Brandt Snedeker overcame en route to success in recent years; that is, Lowry ranks 188th on the European Tour in greens in regulation but 42nd in putting. It's better than the converse and its aggregate can shroud the unquantifiable. In other words, he's prone to more rough patches than leaderboard appearances, but there's enough success sprinkled in to warrant the endorsement.