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Cantlay looks to be finding his game once again after four missed cuts in a row. He ended up finishing 23rd at the PGA Championship, but would have finished in the top 10 if not for making a mess of the 17th on the Sunday.
His long game figures look like they are returning to when he was playing some of the best golf of his career, towards the end of 2020. He was second in shots gained off the Tee and fifth in shots gained in approach at the PGA Championship.
He arrives at Muirfield Village having won this event in 2019 and has posted another Top 5 from just four appearances. The combination of the return to form and returning to a course he enjoys playing, he could get back into the winners enclosure this week.
Hovland looks the biggest danger to Cantlay in my opinion. He finished 30th last time out at the PGA Championship but got caught in the toughest conditions of the week in the second round and was never a factor after that.
He ranks highly in almost every metric needed to contend this week and his short game is also making great strides which is really encouraging to see. He has gained strokes around the green and with his putting in three consecutive events and can put up a strong show.
An excellent T4 at the PGA Championship alongside Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington and ranked first in shots gained off the tee.
Driving is going to be important this week at Muirfield Village as will a tidy short game with most of the greens being made smaller after the course renovation. Lowry is one of the best short-game players in the world, so should relish the challenge and if he can continue to mix that excellent driving, with his always excellent scrambling, he’ll put in a big performance this week.
Continued his really consistent form with a 17th place finish at the PGA Championship and ranked highly in shots gained off the tee and strokes gained from tee-to-green. Another whose short game has shown real improvement as historically he has a very patchy shots gained around the green profile.
He has now gained strokes around the green in his last seven events and has decent form at Muirfield Village, with two top 10 finishes in his last six appearances. If his excellent tee-to-green figures continue, he should be a factor come Sunday evening.
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