Russell Knox ... Given a consistently strong season, he could land here every time he plays, but this week's angle in his debut at Harbour Town isn't as direct. While competing on the eGolf Professional Tour in 2010, the Scot emerged with a three-stroke victory at the Palmetto Hall Championship at Palmetto Hall Plantation Club on the northern end of Hilton Head Island. Others in the field that week included current PGA TOUR members Brian Harman (T5), Jason Kokrak (T5), Roberto Castro (T21), William McGirt (T36), Edward Loar (T36), Billy Hurley III (MC) and Peter Malnati (MC). And in one of many appearances as an amateur on the circuit, five-time NFL Pro Bowler Sterling Sharpe also missed the cut. But Knox's credentials precede him regardless. He's 27th in FedExCup points, 18th in fairways hit, 28th in greens in regulation, first in proximity to the hole, 15th in scrambling, 19th in adjusted scoring and T1 in par-3 scoring.
Cameron Tringale ... After a relatively slow start in the fall, he's turned on the jets for 10 consecutive cuts made culminating with a solo fourth at the Shell Houston Open. Ranked ninth in strokes gained-putting and T9 in scrambling for the week. Proved that he can succeed on small greens and tight tracks with a T13 at Pebble Beach and T12 at Riviera. Ranks 61st in adjusted scoring.
Shawn Stefani ... He's one of the season's feel-good stories. After a herniated disc prevented a final push toward the FedExCup Playoffs last season, he couldn't make the grade in the Web.com Tour Finals, but was given two starts on a Minor Medical Extension for the 2013-14 PGA TOUR. After missing the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open, the Houston resident accepted a sponsor exemption for the Shell Houston Open. Patience and preparation paid off in the form of a solo fifth. It easily covered the terms of the medical, which rewarded him with a status promotion for the remainder of the season. Now free to play whenever he wants, he's back to chasing a spot in this year's Playoffs. Currently 163rd in points. Ranked fourth at the Golf Club of Houston in greens hit and third in strokes gained-putting.
Spencer Levin ... Hasn't teed it up since missing the cut at the Valspar Championship to extend his skid to 0-for-4 and he hasn't broken par in his last 10 rounds, but his record at Harbour Town is undeniable. He's survived the cut in all four trips (2009-2012), the first three of which resulting in a top-15 finish. Best of all, he's hung a red number up in each of the final rounds.
Mark Wilson ... It's been a forgettable season for the 39-year-old. He's just 3-for-10 with zero top-45 finishes. Perhaps a horse-for-course track like Harbour Town will reignite his form. He's survived the cut in each of his last six trips, the last three going for a top 25. En route to a T9 last year, he placed seventh in strokes gained-putting, eighth in conversion percentage inside 10 feet (63 of 69) and T8 in scrambling.