Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire
The PGA Tour returns this week after a respite for the Ryder Cup, but at least one player in the field will still be feeling the effects from the American collapse at Medinah.
While the celebration may still be raging in Europe, the PGA Tour returns to action this week in Las Vegas with the Justin Timberlake Shriners Open.
The drama of the FedExCup and Ryder Cup have passed, but the fall series of tournaments can propel some of the up-and-coming names in golf into the spotlight. The tournaments, like the Shriners, may not boast the deepest fields but the young talent is still worth watching.
One of the favorites this week will be Ryan Moore, who's playing on home turf at TPC Summerlin. Moore is a Las Vegas-area golfing legend, playing his college golf at UNLV and turning in one of the most impressive amateur careers in recent history. But he's only captured one Tour win despite being consistently in contention and having the talent to post super low rounds. In addition to the talent and familiarity with the track, he enters the week in form after posting top tens in his last three starts.
Two other names to watch are Americans Nick Watney and Robert Garrigus. Watney was one of the best players in the world, but tumbled after a lackluster 2012. He finished on a strong note in the FedExCup, winning The Barclays and staying in contention throughout the Playoffs. If he's playing well, he has to be a favorite. Garrigus is a bomber who's comfortable with the TPC course, playing well here in the past. If he can get his mini putter working, he'll be in the mix on Sunday.
Some veteran names who will attract large galleries include Vijay Singh, Davis Love III, and John Daly. You have to wonder where Love's head is at just days after the Medinah meltdown. While he's one of the more decorated players in the field, the after effects of the Ryder Cup loss have to be in play. Daly seems like the perfect personality to play in Vegas, and he's had his moments this year, including low rounds in Greensboro and at Kiawah.