Will MacKenzie ... Has never finished inside the top 30 here but he’s missed only one of six cuts, so the veteran knows enough to contend. He’s been simmering of late, too, which helps support why he’s poised for a personal best at Harbour Town. After co-leading the Valspar Championship at its midpoint, he said, “the putter is just saving my life right now.” Alas, he unraveled to finish T37 at Copperhead, but then hung up a T8 in windy Puerto Rico, which is just how he likes it. He backed that up with a T19 in Houston. Both are his only top-35 finishes since surgery to repair the meniscus in his left knee cut his 2014-15 season short.
Jamie Lovemark … It says something about his makeup that he’d include Harbour Town on his schedule. While his debut prevents a two-week lull since the Shell Houston Open where he placed 18th, it’ll still be a great test for his reputation as a big hitter. In fact, the 28-year-old connected four red numbers en route to a T7 at Waialae Country Club three months ago. That’s also a track known for its elevated need to find fairways. You don’t get to 28th in the FedExCup standings on one ability, but it will surprise even some avid fans that he ranks fifth on the PGA TOUR in scrambling and 52nd in strokes gained: putting (0.341). Indeed, the narrative should be that his strength off the tee is but a complement to a well-rounded approach.
Ben Martin … As he quietly goes about his fourth season with a PGA TOUR card, the 28-year-old might be licking his chops for a chance to take the only trophy available in his native South Carolina. He tied for third here two years ago and hasn’t missed a cut in three trips. He’s scored par or better in his last eight competitive trots around Harbour Town. Arrives having cashed in four consecutive starts dating back to the West Coast Swing, two of which for a top 20.
Jason Kokrak … This 30-year-old bomber has already begun to solve the mystery for success at Harbour Town. Now in his fifth consecutive appearance, he registered top 20s in his last two and with nothing but sub-par rounds after both cuts fell. Authoring a typical season that has featured a co-runner-up at Riviera and another four top 25s, the most recent a T20 at Bay Hill.
Rory Sabbatini … If he’s going to rekindle any magic this season, Harbour Town would populate the short list of possible sites. The South African finished no lower than T17 (2012) in five straight trips from 2009-2014 and sits 34th on the tournament’s all-time money list. This is his 13th start of 2015-16, but he’s missed seven cuts and fared no better than a T25 at the Shriners last fall. So, in the absence of form and statistical support, it’s all about his level of comfort in Hilton Head.