The Big Three
The last three major champions, Simpson, Watson and Bradley, are in the marquee group, 12:55 p.m. off the first tee Thursday, and 7:45 off No 10 in the second round Friday. The crowds are expected to be huge and vocal. How will each cope and perform in this charged environment?
Could It Be Ryan's Time?
Ryan Moore missed a 4-footer for par on the 72nd hole last year to fall back into a tie for second place. He also tied for second in 2006 and always plays well here.
The Heat Is On
The temperature will be around 100 degrees Thursday, although the humidity is expected to be a little less oppressive than it was Wednesday. Fans certainly will have to be careful. Some players really like to perform when the heat is on, literally and figuratively. Let's see who can.
Freddie Jacobson was 20-under, 260 last year for his first PGA Tour victory. Bubba Watson won at 266 in 2010 and Kenny Perry with a tournament-record 258 in '09. For a player to hold that trophy Sunday, he must shoot really low. This is the antithesis of Olympic Golf Club, site of theU.S. Open.
Bubba Comes Back
Watson missed the cut in his last two tournaments, The Memorial and U.S. Open. What better venue for the Masters champion to return to his dynamic game than TPC River Highlands, where he captured his first tour win two years ago.Copyright © 2015, CT Now