Dan Geraghty takes a look at the the first round three-balls at this week's Shriners Open, and our man believes Kevin Na, Geoff Ogilvy, and Russell Henley are the men to be with...
Kevin Na made a fantastic PGA tour comeback last week after most of the year off recovering from a back injury, eventually finishing third after back-to-back weekend 64s. He couldn't have asked for a better tournament to follow up that performance, this week's event comes from his home course, TPC Summerlin and Na won here in 2011. Charlie Beljan's length from the tee doesn't look to be an advantage this week, so 2010 champion Jonathan Byrd looks the three-ball danger.
After a disappointing opening round (76), Geoff Ogilvy made a real effort to make the cut last week and his 66 got him there on the number. That 66 was Ogilvy's best score for at least six months and showed a great deal of promise. With that round under his belt, the Australian Major champion can kick-start his season on a course that promises to suit. Ogilvy is joined by fellow Aussie Robert Allenby who is also trying to put a season to forget behind him. George McNeill makes up the three-ball and after a good week last time out, rates the dangerman.
Russell Henley started his new PGA Tour career with a bang last season with a pair of 63s and a victory. He's had a bit of time off since the BMW in mid-September and can make a similar statement at the start of the 2013/14 season. TPC Summerlin should suit Henley and his magic touch around the greens, he can outscore Scott Stallings and Charles Howell III on day one. Stallings has only a couple of missed cuts to his name here; Howell III has a respectable scoring average at the track and rates the danger.
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