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1. Brandt Snedeker [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #20

Over the last four years, Snedeker has recorded a pair of top-10s in the Humana Challenge. He finished T23 in 2013, but was very much in contention the year before only to drop from second to eighth in the final round of play. This is Snedeker’s first start since putting together a T11 in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions at Kapalua to open 2014.

2. Webb Simpson [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #27

Dating back to last season, Simpson has not finished worse than seventh in his last five events. He missed the cut in last year’s Humana Challenge, but owns a T13 and T5 during a span of three starts in the tournament from 2009-11. Simpson is among the hottest players on Tour, making last year’s hiccup easy to overlook.

3. Zach Johnson [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #12

Johnson followed up his victory at Kapalua with a T8 performance last week at the Sony Open. He’s played the Humana Challenge each of the last two years, placing T23 and T8. Dating back to last year, ZJ has compiled three wins and 10 top-10s in 13 starts while leaping more than 20 spots in the Official World Golf Ranking board.

4. Charles Howell III [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #56

Howell has played the Humana Challenge each of the last four years, making the cut each time. He owns a pair of top-15s in that time, highlighted by last year’s playoff defeat that earned him a share of second. CH3 has put together four top-10s in his last five starts, including last week’s Sony Open.

5. Harris English [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #40

Over his last five starts, English won a fall event and owns four finishes of 11th or better. He played both of the Hawaiian tournaments to kick off 2014 and is coming off a solo fourth at the Sony Open. English owns just one top-20 in his two Humana Challenge appearances, but is playing too well right now to ignore.

6. Keegan Bradley [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #18

Bradley will be suiting up for the first time in 2014 this week. He hasn’t played the Humana Challenge since notching a T7 back in 2011. He ended last year by placing 16th or better in six straight Tour starts, displaying some welcome consistency on the weekly basis.

7. Billy Horschel [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #50

After missing the cut in both 2010 and 2011, Horschel took a year off from playing the Humana Challenge. He returned last year to record a T10. Horschel is coming off a T6 at Kapalua and is capable of remaining hot in bursts.

8. Bill Haas [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #31

Haas won the 2010 edition of his tournament and lost in a playoff the following year to earn a share of second. However, he dropped to T64 in 2012 and missed the cut all together last year. Haas had a respectable showing in a pair of fall starts, but finished near the bottom of the field at Kapalua.

9. Brian Gay [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #168

Gay is the defending champ of the Humana Challenge and has placed inside the top 20 four of the last five years, adding another top-five in 2011. Gay scored a top-five in the fall events, his only top-40 in five appearances, before mediocre appearances in the two Hawaiian events.

10. Ryan Palmer [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #58

Since 2010 Palmer has played the Humana Challenge seven times with three top-10s, finishing T6 last year and solo fourth in 2011. He played three forgettable fall tournaments, but is coming off a T8 in last week’s Sony Open.

11. Brian Stuard [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #140

Stuard finished T10 in last year’s Humana Challenge debut. Over his last four Tour starts he’s missed only one cut with three top-15s. In his last two recent appearances, Stuard was the runner-up in a fall tournament and solo sixth in last week’s Sony Open.

12. Charley Hoffman [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #83

After Hoffman won this tournament the first time he played it back in 2007, he finished T8 and T19 the following two years. However, he would miss three straight cuts from 2010-12 until finding a T10 in 2013. Hoffman didn’t make much noise in his last three fall events, but started the wrap around schedule with a solo fourth.
 
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