As the HP Byron Nelson Championship approaches, let's take a quick look at a few golfers on the rise the past few weeks and some that aren't trending as well as they'd like (among those in the Nelson field):
Matt Kuchar: He won The Players Championship and comes in feeling good. It's not easy to win in consecutive weeks, but Kuchar is playing well and tied for sixth at last year's Nelson. He's a threat this week.
John Rollins: Not a name you expected, was it? But if you're looking for a sleeper this week, Rollins isn't a bad choice. Of the eight cuts he's made, Rollins has finished in the top-25 seven times. So if he plays on the weekend, he's likely to find a way to get himself in the mix.
Adam Scott: His game is in good shape as he enters an event that he won in 2008. He's got the all-around game to survive windy conditions (and it seems that the wind has a tendency to blow for at least one or two rounds at TPC Four Seasons Resort at Las Colinas) and hoist the trophy again.
Rory Sabbatini: A local favorite (he lives in Fort Worth) -- he'll have his large cheering section as usual -- has made the cut in just six of his 13 events this season. He's missed the cut in four of his last five tournaments.
Y.E. Yang: A major winner who lives in Dallas, Yang has just one top-25 all season and missed the cut at The Players thanks to a first-round 80. That was, however, his first missed cut in seven events. He's due for a break through.
Keegan Bradley: This is relative, of course, but he missed two cuts before making it to the weekend at The Players. He has no top-25s in his last four starts, which for Bradley in the last year has to be considered a bit of a slump. Maybe defending his title at the Nelson is just what he needs to get his early-season form back.