Bud Cauley ... While he's 3-for-3 at Congressional, including a T63 in his major championship debut at the 2011 U.S. Open, he lands in his feature for the second time in four weeks (St. Jude) on the strength of a number of performances worthy of our attention. He tied for 11th in New Orleans, added a T21 at Colonial and shared 11th again, this time at the Travelers Championship where he opened with 63. During this surge, he's risen 88 spots to 46th on TOUR in greens in regulation.
Daniel Summerhays ... This close to regularly crashing leaderboards. His standout performance of the season was a co-runner-up at the Valero Texas Open three months ago, but he's added three top 30s since and arrives having survived five straight cuts. Ranks 24th in fairways hit, 42nd in greens in regulation and 18th in strokes gained-putting. Recorded a T17 in his debut at Congressional in 2012 when he missed only four of 54 tries inside 10 feet.
Billy Hurley III ... Returns to the site of his career-best finish on the PGA TOUR, albeit two years later. It was at Congressional in 2012 that the 32-year-old shared fourth place. Alas, he finished 151st on the money list that season and lost status. Currently 92nd in the FedExCup standings and riding a career-high consecutive cuts made streak of five. Ranks ninth in fairways hit, 52nd in greens in regulation, 14th in scrambling and 60th in adjusted scoring.
Kevin Chappell ... Tied for third at the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional, which marked his first-ever start in a major. He's survived the cut in both editions of the Quicken Loans National since, but didn't crack the top 25 in either. More recently, he's just weeks removed from a T11 at Quail Hollow and a T10 at Colonial. Currently 25th in greens in regulation and 10th in proximity.
Martin Laird ... When he told Golf World magazine early in the year that "golf is going to take a back seat," he meant it. His first child was born on Feb. 25, thus the comment, but the new daddy hasn't found an old groove yet. Just 4-for-9 since with no top 25s. Congressional Country Club's Blue Course could present an opportunity for the Scot to make some noise. He placed T11 here in 2011 and possesses the kind of length off the tee that could provide an edge. He leads the PGA TOUR in greens hit while going for the green (in two on par 5s or on drivable par 4s). Also T14 in par-5 scoring.