Like he did at the Masters, Woods comes into a major on the heels of a victory that created more of that familiar "Tiger is back" buzz. We'll see. But his victory at the Memorial was the first time in a while that he consistently put together good putting and solid ball-striking in one four-day stretch.
Dufner has emerged as a force this spring, leaping into the lead in the FedEx Cup standings after winning the Byron Nelson and Zurich Classic in New Orleans and finishing second at Colonial. Can he keep it going under the pressure of a major?
Johnson led the 2010 US Open at Pebble Beach after firing a third-round 66. He wilted on Sunday, though, shooting an 82 and finishing tied for sixth. He's been bothered by back problems that forced him to withdraw from the Masters. But if he's healthy, he's got the game to contend.
It seems the Spaniard has a spot reserved on lists like this one. But will his putting ever allow him to break through on the big stage? Garcia finished tied for seventh in last year's Open, but that was his first top 10 in a major since 2009.
Golfweek's Ryan Lavner says: When the big Swede gets rolling, he can pure it as well as anyone. Though he hasn't played an Open since 2009, his sharp iron game should keep him in the mix.
The 2007 Masters champion heated up in May, tying for second in the Players Championship and winning two weeks later at Colonial. Solid ball-striking skills should play well at Olympic.
Fowler makes some bold fashion statements, but can he back them up with something of substance in a showcase event? He seemed to be building some momentum for the second major of the season until his baffling 84 playing alongside Tiger Woods in the final round of the Memorial on June 3.
Says FOXSports.com's Robert Lusetich: Since Steve Elkington won the 1995 PGA at Riviera, just one Aussie — Geoff Ogilvy in '06 — has won a major. Few hit it as good as Scott, but when's he going to do it on the big stage?
Another Englishman rather desperately searching for the stamp of approval that comes with a victory in a major. Westwood had a good chance at the Masters, finishing two shots out of a playoff for the green jacket eventually claimed by Bubba Watson.
Mickelson has some damage to control after walking out on Jack Nicklaus and the Memorial Tournament after turning in a first-round 79 on May 31. He said he was mentally fatigued. It was not his best look, but he can make folks forget with a more Mickelson-like performance at Olympic.
The defending champ had been taking it on the chin until a confidence-boosting round of 65 Friday to take the lead at the St. Jude Classic. Perhaps that's the turnaround he needed after stunningly missing the cut in three consecutive events.
Again No. 1 in the world golf rankings, but still searching for that first major victory and the instant credibility boost it would bring. At 34, the clock is ticking. Donald has won six times in the last 18 months, but golf's biggest prizes have eluded him.