Brett Rumford ... The former PGA TOUR member has enjoyed a productive year. Since consecutive wins in late April and early May, he's added six top-15 finishes, five of which in his last six starts. He polished off a T15 at last week's BMW Masters with a 5-under 67 that featured eight birdies. It bumped him to 74th in Official World Golf Ranking to match his best-ever placement. The Aussie ranks third on the European Tour in putting.
Tommy Fleetwood ... Making his debut in a World Golf Championship. Just 22 years of age, the Brit broke through for his first European Tour title at the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles two months ago. He's 5-for-6 since with a pair of top 10s, including a solo fifth at the always challenging Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Ranks 16th on his circuit in scoring average.
Chris Wood ... Consistency is a challenge for most touring pros, and this Englishman has not been immune to travail, but he's found an extra gear this year. Still just 25 years old -- which helps explain the learning curve -- he picked off his first victory on the European Tour in Qatar in January and has added four top 10s worldwide since. He relies on a sturdy tee-to-green game, and he's making his debut in this tournament, but the seeds for something special are sprouting.
W.C. Liang ... China's top talent is more than a ceremonial exemption into his homeland's tournament. Once as high as 57th in the Official World Golf Ranking (in late summer of 2010), the 35-year-old currently sits 146th. He has status on several tours, and he's found success regardless of the host circuit. In his last 13 starts worldwide, he's logged six top 10s.
Gregory Bourdy ... His identity is that of a ball-striker, but as he demonstrated a few weeks ago, he'll find the touch with his putter as well. The 31-year-old Frenchman punched his second ticket to Shanghai (T39, 2010) when he won the ISPS Handa Wales Open with birdies on his final three holes. He'll extend a current streak of 14 consecutive cuts made worldwide that includes six top 25s, including a T13 at the BMW Masters on Sunday.