Chris Stroud ... If we are to beware of the injured golfer, how about a guy that played through the stomach flu for a T31 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard? He acknowledged on Twitter that he was essentially bedridden for three days leading up to the event, yet finished inside the top 20 in fairways hit, greens in regulation and scrambling. Also third in proximity to the hole. It was his first of seven cuts made outside a top 20 this season, but he took last week off to recharge. Currently 13th in adjusted scoring and inside the top 15 in par-3, par-4 and par 5 scoring.
Brian Davis ... Might have cracked the Power Rankings with a strong week in San Antonio, but he drifted into a share of 46th place. That trailed a T20 at Bay Hill. He has three top 15s at the Golf Club of Houston, including a T4 in 2012 and T6 last year. Ranks 53rd in strokes gained-putting and T25 in scrambling.
David Hearn ... It's easy to forget about a guy after he takes a week off. The Canadian ripped through the Florida Swing, going 4-for-4 with a pair of top 10s. He's missed the cut in his last two stops at the Golf Club of Houston, but tied for sixth in 2011. Inside the top 45 on TOUR in fairways hit, greens in regulation and strokes gained-putting.
Josh Teater ... Most non-winners would happily scoop up 19 cuts made per season (as he's totaled in each of his four years on TOUR, even reaching 20 in 2011) because it means numerous weekends possessing enormous possibilities. He's 8-for-13 this season, finishing no better than T23 at Mayakoba, but he arrived in Humble, Texas, riding a modest 3-for-3 run with a T25 at Copperhead. Uninspiring stats accompany his consistency, but a T14 in his debut at the Golf Club of Houston in 2010 and a T19 in 2011 prove that the course fits his eye.
Jason Gore ... Ends a three-year hiatus at this event thanks to a sponsor exemption. Tied for 17th at last week's Chitimacha Louisiana Open on the Web.com Tour and took solo second in Panama the week prior. Also tied for fourth at the Puerto Rico Open on the PGA TOUR four weeks ago. Injuries have thwarted sustainable form in recent years, but he's climbed over 300 spots in the Official World Golf Ranking (to 378th) since mid-February with his spurt. Currently 158th in FedExCup points with just three cuts made, he's on a fast track to qualify for the FedExCup Playoffs.