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The Players Championship

Yahoo Expert Fantasy Golf Advice & Predictions

Previous The Players Championship champions include:

  • Martin Kaymer (2014)
  • Tiger Woods (2013)
  • Matt Kuchar (2012)
  • K.J. Choi (2011)
  • Tim Clark (2010)
  • Henrik Stenson (2009)
  • Sergio Garcia (2008)
  • Phil Mickelson (2007)

TPC Sawgrass near Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, will host The Players Championship for the 34th straight season. The TPC Sawgrass course is a par 72, 7,215 yard test.



YAHOO “GROUP A” PICKS

Player
Recent Finishes
Tourn. History
Comments
(A1) Rory McIlroy (4) Masters
(11) Bay Hill
(9) WGC Cadillac
(MC) Honda
(6) 2014
(8) 2013
MC 2012
MC 2010

Rory has come into his own at the Players and is on track to improve upon his past two performances. He’s a player that is trending in the right direction on all fronts. Our only concern is that he’ll be a bit exhausted after the WGC Match Play. He’s also #6 in our course fit rankings this week – the best of any of the top 25 golfers in the field. Barring a letdown, he should be right there on Sunday.
(A2) Henrik Stenson (19) Masters
(2) Bay Hill
(4) Valspar
(4) WGC Cadillac
(34) 2014
(5) 2013
(15) 2012
MC 2011
MC 2010
While Henrik does not appear to be a fan of the new match play format, he’s still a threat to win for a 2nd time at the Players this week. He’s ranked 12th in tournament history and 14th in course fit plus he’s played nicely recently and in his last three efforts here.
(A3) Bubba Watson (29) Shenzhen
(38) Masters
(3) WGC Cadillac
(14) Northern Trust
(48) 2014
(37) 2013
(45) 2011
MC 2010

Bubba has been hit and miss recently – actually mostly miss – at least to the standards he has set for himself. He lacks the track record at TPC Sawgrass (some mediocre finishes the past few years), but his course fit is respectable at 31 our of the 146-man field.
(A4) Tiger Woods (17) Masters
(MC) Farmers
(MC) Waste Mgmt
(17) Hero
(1) 2013
(40) 2012



Tiger still has to prove himself before getting back in our lineups, so a decent Masters finish doesn’t automatically get him there. He does like this course though. Other players to consider here are: Jim Fuyrk – who has a respectable track record here and Adam Scott – who has a course fit of 7 – just not sure if he’s back to form yet.


YAHOO “GROUP B” PICKS

Player
Recent Finishes
Tourn. History
Comments
(B1) Jordan Spieth (11) RBC
(1) Masters
(2) Shell
(2) Valero
(4) 2014




It’s hard to be against Jordan any week, so we’ll have him in our lineup yet again. His 4th place finish here last year was a great first time out. He even played well at the Match Play but got a little unlucky and couldn’t quite get out of his group. He’s got a reasonable course fit here at 48th, but that may be enough for us to keep him on our bench the first few rounds and see if he contends.
(B2) Hideki Matsuyama (5) Masters
(21) Bay Hill
(23) WGC Cadillac
(4) Northern Trust
(23) 2014




Hideki hasn’t threatened recently but he’s been around the top 5 a few times and is usually consistent. He’s 17th in our tournament history rankings and 23rd in course fit, so that signals a strong finish this week. He did well at the Match Play, so there’s no reason to think he lost any momentum from that tricky format.
(B3) Jason Day (4) Zurich
(28) Masters
(17) Bay Hill
(31) WGC Cadillac
(19) 2013
MC 2012
(6) 2011
MC 2010

Jason Day’s history here has been spotty, but he does sport a 6th place finish in 2011. He’s not a natural fit here, but he did content at Zurich. The question will be whether the 0-3 record at the Match Play is a one-time event or a sign of a trend starting. It was definitely a disappointing week. We may have to monitor him this week before going all in.
(B4) Justin Rose (1) Zurich
(2) Masters
(37) Shell
(MC) Valspar
(4) 2014
MC 2013
(51) 2012
(45) 2011
MC 2010
Played solidly at the Match Play but didn’t quite make it out of his group. 4th place at Sawgrass last year plus a victory at Zurich should mean that he has a good chance this week despite a mediocre course fit ranking.
(B5) Jimmy Walker (38) Masters
(1) Valero
(31) WGC Cadillac
(41) Northern Trust
(6) 2014
(15) 2013
(35) 2012
MC 2011
(26) 2010
Cooled off quickly after a victory at the Valero. His #37 course fit ranking this week makes us believe he’ll bounce back and get a top 20 or better. The big question would be whether you substitute him for Day or Rose. We’re not quite there right now.
(B6) Matt Kuchar (5) RBC
(46) Masters
(70) Shell
(15) Valero
(17) 2014
(48) 2013
(1) 2012
(54) 2011
(13) 2010
Matt got Mahan’d at the Match Play, but he is a past champion at TPC Sawgrass, so he is always a threat. His 5th place finish at RBC could mean he’s primed to contend, but he’s been very spotty this year compared to past years where you could almost count him to finish in the top 15 every week. Other players who could contend this week: Zach Johnson – only thing keeping him out of our lineup was the MC at the RBC – besides that, he’s been rock solid at TPC Sawgrass and has a top 10 course fit. Dustin Johnson is also a favorite among fantasy experts, but his track record is poor here and his course fit is equally poor. His strong recent play could overcome those bad statistics, but we’ll have to leave him out of our lineup this week.


YAHOO “GROUP C” PICKS

Player
Recent Finishes
Tourn. History
Comments
(C1) Kevin Na (12) Masters
(20) Valero
(6) Bay Hill
(10) Valspar
(38) 2014
(7) 2012
MC 2011
MC 2010

Kevin Na continued his good play at the Master and held his own at the Match Play, so he comes in here as the hottest of the Group C players. 7th place in 2012 means he has the potential. He has a middling course fit (72) but there’s not a lot to compare against this week.
(C2) Ryan Moore (12) Masters
(57) Shell
(5) Valspar
(9) WGC Cadillac
(26) 2014
MC 2013
(46) 2012
(33) 2011
(47) 2010
Ryan is very comparable to Keegan Bradley this week, and if it wasn’t for Bradley’s 0-3 record and tiff with Jimenez, we’d probably give him the nod this week. However, Ryan has a course fit of 45, which is respectable and has a good history or making the cut at the Players. 12th at the Masters was a nice surprise.
(C3) Keegan Bradley (22) Zurich
(22) Masters
(5) Shell
(49) Bay Hill
MC 2014
MC 2013
(35) 2012
(72) 2011

His tiff with Jimenez really got a lot of press, but his mediocre play at Harding keeps him out of our lineup this week. Besides that, he’s been playing well and even had a 5th place at the Shell. Can he rebound? Sure, but I wonder if the press will annoy him this week and keep him from focusing this week. He’s got a nice course fit but a poor actual track record.
(C4) Louis Oosthuizen (7) RBC
(19) Masters
(MC) Shell
(9) Bay Hill
MC 2014
(19) 2013
MC 2012
MC 2011

Oosthuizen would be a nice pick here, but his track record is not very good and his course fit isn’t much better, so while he’s playing well, the stats are telling us to beware. He did play nice golf at the Match Play and beat out Bubba (as we predicted), so he may deserve a shot in your lineup. Some missing names this week: Patrick Reed – MC last year in his only attempt plus a #106 course fit really pushed him down the rankings. The MC at RBC didn’t help much either, but he was playing very well up to that point.


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