Jason Kokrak ... With the recent wave of first-time winners on the PGA TOUR, he's rapidly climbing the list of best talents without a title. With a pair of top-10s and another six top-20s this season, the long hitter is 39th in FedExCup points. Currently seventh in distance off the tee and 10th in adjusted scoring. The latter stat is supported by ranks of 24th in par breakers and 45th in scrambling despite sitting 100th in greens in regulation. He was positioned just three strokes off the lead at the midpoint of last year's stop at Quail Hollow before fading to a T50.
George McNeill ... His string of top-20s stalled at five with a missed cut in New Orleans, but he's picked off four top-25s in the last six editions of the Wells Fargo Championship. This includes a T16 last year when he went out in the last threesome in the final round only to card a 4-over 76. Currently 25th in adjusted scoring and 26th in scrambling.
Justin Hicks ... Very quietly 13-for-16 on the season with one top 10 and another three top-25s. Professionals with well-rounded games tend to be great fits for difficult tracks if for no other reason than there's no elevated pressure on any club or skill set. He's seventh on TOUR in fairways hit, fourth in greens in regulation, T45 in proximity to the hole, 43rd in strokes gained-putting, 58th in adjusted scoring and 27th in bogey avoidance.
Jonathan Byrd ... While he fulfilled the terms of his medical extension weeks ago, the 36-year-old still has work to do. Currently 136th in FedExCup points, Quail Hollow sets up as a potential boon. He's placed inside the top 10 in three of his last five trips, including a playoff loss in 2011. That success stands in stark contrast against missing the cut in his first five tries (2003-2005, 2007-2008).
Robert Allenby ... With a T23 at Harbour Town and a T25 at TPC Louisiana, he'll be attempting to connect three top-25s for the first time in over three years. Still a whiz with his irons at 43rd in greens in regulation, at least relative to his glory days, it may surprise onlookers that he boasts a positive split in strokes gained-putting (0.019). Also T37 in proximity and 38th in scrambling. A T27 here last year was his second-best finish in 24 starts on the season.