The PGA Tour reaches one of the biggest non-majors of the year as the top players in the world head to Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida where they’ll compete in the Players Championship at the iconic TPC Sawgrass.
The 17th hole with the island green always has plenty of drama and excitement as players try to land it on the green and stay dry. Winners here typically are experienced players who drive the ball accurately and are able to avoid the sand and water that fills the course. Since scrambling here is always a difficult task, it’s paramount that players pile up birdies when they can.
Last week in our FantasyCPR group it was Boss of the Moss who piled up the birdies on his way to his second win of the segment. Above Par still holds the lead for the segment while Squatney Leather and MT Cup continue to battle it out for the overall lead. If you wat to join the super-deep 15 man group, check out this invite. My entry last week had both Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler moving me up to the top 12 percent in the total game, but still just good enough for 9th in our group.
I apologize that this post is so late in the week, normally our golf previews roll out on Tuesday, but with my classes wrapping up I’ve been unable to complete it this week until now. Next week, we’ll return to our regular timing. Here’s my team for this week and a quick reason why I made these picks
Luke Donald-I know, he’s a popular pick, but I think he’s a good pick to be around the leaderboard on Sunday. He’s six for nine making cuts here and he has a pair of top finve finishes. He was third his last tournament before taking a week off to prepare for Sawgrass.
Adam Scott: I’m bypassing some other good picks here for the Aussie former champion who crushed it Sunday at the Masters (66) in his last round on tour. He has a trio of top 10’s including his 2004 win. I still have all my Scott starts and with Donald as my starter I can take a chance on my bench with Adam.
Lee Westwood-He pulled out a t5 at Quail Hollow where he usually struggles and now comes to Sawgrass where he has 3 top ten finishes in his nine starts. Seems like he fits the model of recent winners and is in good form.
Ernie Els-Els continues his renaissance tour after losing in the playoff to Fowler last weekend. He loves Pete Dye (course designer) courses and has four top ten’s at this one in his 18 trips to the event. Remember, experience usually counts in this one.
Ryan Moore-Moore’s t5 last week was his third top 10 in his last four starts. He hasn’t finished top 25 here in five trips but hasn’t missed a cut either. He’s a bit of a sleeper, but looks ready to be in it on Sunday.
Rory McIlroy-Too good to not have on my team, but he does have a bad history here (MC, MC) so I’ll start with him on the bench and have him in case he’s in it at the finish as he has been in so many recent tournaments.
Graeme McDowell-He’s one of my personal favorites, and led this event last season until he fell apart on Sunday. He’s made the cut but hasn’t finished in the top 30 the last 3 weeks so it’s time to get him turned around.
Francesco Molinari-Molinari won in Spain last week and has a top 20 in his last seven starts internationally. He finished 9th here 2 years ago and did not play last season. He’s playing well and likes the course-that’s just the combo you want to look for so I’ll take the Italian to complete a very international-flavored roster.