The Vereeniging professional will be confident in his game, especially tee to green after last week making all 18 greens in regulation during the first round of the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
The 2011 Masters champion’s ball-striking is superb, and iron play makes the difference around Colonial Country Club. He’ll look to clinch a maiden victory this week.
Also looking for victory is Tim Clark, who finished runner-up at the Crowne Plaza Invitational in 2008 and 2009. He went on to win the Players Championship later in 2009, but is yet to lift a trophy at Colonial.
Now based in Arizona, the 37-year-old has been climbing towards a victory over the season, and began the year with a second-place finish at the Sony Open in Hawaii.
Last week he stumbled before the weekend, but his three top-15 finishes on the PGA Tour this season indicate his readiness for success.
The understated Louis Oosthuizen will join the South African lineup in Texas. As always, he needs a good result to continue his battle to the top of the world ranking.
Bad weeks are not an option for the 2010 Open Champion, who has his sights set on the world number two position for this season. With McIlroy waning due to his new clubs, the gap left is just big enough for Oosthuizen to move in with wins. Yes, that’s a plural, but a W at Colonial will go a long way to boosting the 30-year-old into striking position.
David Frost takes a step back in time as he joins the fray this week, looking to make some main tour ammo from a good result. At second on the Champions Tour money list, the silver fox knows he has good enough game to challenge this week. A top-20 result would be a treat for the 53-year-old.