Tiger? Phil? How about Quigley at Western?
After a couple of weeks of leaderboards filled with lesser lights, the luminaries of the PGA Tour are back in action this week at the Cialis Western Open, with nine of the top 10 players on the U.S. Ryder Cup points race in the field -- David Toms, still recovering from a back injury suffered at the U.S. Open, is missing -- along with players such as Vijay Singh, Stuart Appleby and Chris DiMarco.
That means Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods will be there. It will be Lefty's first start since his debacle at the U.S. Open, and the guess here is it will take a tournament or two for the hangover to disappear. Woods is a different story. After missing the cut at Winged Foot, expect him to come out firing in an event in which he has enjoyed success (no worse than T-7 the last three years; three wins overall).
Amid all this star power, my pick is Brett Quigley. Forget the World Ranking of 81 -- Quigley is playing the best golf of his career, with four top-10s in his last six events. He also finished T-5 here last year, showing he can get around Cog Hill's Dubsdread course.
Ranked 21st in greens in regulation and 13th in scoring, Quigley is a solid dark horse in a field filled with favorites. And for those of you who have burned the big names in your fantasy pools, here's a chance to pick up some cash with a guy few will choose.
E. Michael Johnson is an editor for Golf World magazine
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