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1. Rory McIlroy [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #10

This tournament will be McIlroy’s first action since placing T25 at Doral nearly one month ago. McIlroy has played a total of four stoke play events worldwide this season, highlighted by two runner-up performances and a T9. Last year, the young Irishman placed T45 at Restone; his first appearance at the site since missing the cut back in 2010.

2. Dustin Johnson [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #13

Johnson is coming off a T6 last week at TPC San Antonio, his first top-10 since opening the year with a win, T8 and T3 in January. DJ missed the cut at Redstone back in 2008 and 2009, but recorded a T4 when he returned to the site last year.

3. Henrik Stenson [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #3

Stenson struggled quite a bit early in the year, but is coming off his best two finishes of 2014, a T16 at Doral and a T5 at Bay Hill. Stenson has done well for himself at Redstone, also. He owns a T3 from back in 2009, but has placed T2 and T21 the last two years.

4. Jordan Spieth [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #9

Spieth only managed a T50 at Redstone, but we all know by now you don’t hold anything against the 20-year-old phenom. Spieth, a Texas native, enjoyed returning to his home state last week and put up a 10th-place result at TPC San Antonio, giving him six top-20s in eight stoke play events this year.

5. Matt Kuchar [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #6

Redstone used to be a nightmare for Kuchar. From 2003-07 he missed the cut in all four of his appearances. He returned, however, in 2010 and again in 2011 recording a T8 in each start. Kuchar hasn’t seen this course in quite some time, but is coming off a season-high T4 last week.

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

Bradley had been solid for much of 2014, but finally broke out at Bay Hill where he finished as the runner-up. He struggled in his Redstone debut in 2011, but has placed T10 and T4 the last two years, respectively.

7. Hunter Mahan [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #34

Mahan is another big name player with injury concerns. However, after withdrawing from the third round of play at Bay Hill with a sore back, Mahan feels confident the issue is only minor. Mahan was proven to be an all-or-nothing player at Redstone. In 10 career starts he's missed five cuts, including last year, but has never finished worse than 11th in the other half of his starts, highlighted by a win in 2012.

8. Phil Mickelson [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #8

Mickelson is said to be over the back issues from earlier in the season, but had to withdraw from TPC San Antonio last week with a pulled oblique muscle. Phil won this event in 2011 prior to placing T4 and T16. If you can keep Mickelson in reverse, he’s worth rostering. Otherwise, Lefty is no sure thing to play all four rounds.

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

Haas was a no-go at Redstone, missing every cut from 2006-09. He took a few years off and returned in 2013 with a T10, but was tied for the lead after three rounds. In his last two starts of 2014, Haas finished T6 at Doral and T14 at Copperhead.

10. Sergio Garcia [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #7

Garcia hasn’t played Redstone since 2009. He has played a total of four stroke play events this year. Sergio opened 2014 with a T19 and a win on the European Tour prior to coming stateside to finish T8 and T16 in early March.

11. Graham Delaet [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #30

DeLaet recorded a T3 at Redstone back in 2010 prior to missing the cut in 2012 and last year’s T31. In January, DeLaet recorded a pair of runner-up finishes and is coming off a T8 at Copperhead.

12. Charl Schwartzel [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #17

Schwartzel didn’t play Redstone last year, but had been going backward from 2010-12: T3, T30, MC. After missing the cut in the Honda Classic, Schwartzel most recently placed T9 at Doral.