May 10, 2012; Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, USA; Lee Westwood walks from the tee of the ninth during the first round of the PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass. Mandatory Credit: Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports

THE PLAYERS Championship-Fantasy Golf Picks

The PGA Tour returns to Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida and TPC Sawgrass for the 2013 version of THE PLAYERS Championship. The famed island green on the 17th hole awaits an elite field including Graeme McDowell, pictured here at last year’s event.  Mandatory Credit: Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports

The PGA Tour heads from Quail Hollow and the Green Mile to TPC Sawgrass and the famous island green as an exceptional field tees it up in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. The TPC Sawgrass is one of the most recognizable and well-known courses on tour, and THE PLAYERS is about as big as any non-major tournament every year. It should be another great week of golf so make sure to get your fantasy golf picks locked in and ready so you can cheer them on their way up the leaderboard.

Last week in our FantasyCPR group, my entry finally broke out of it’s early spring slump and got me my first win of the second segment. I finished two points ahead of Team Tiger and three ahead of Fivot’s Divot’s. Overall, MT Cup has the lead for the segment and Eagle’s Nest remains atop the season-long standings.

There are so many good options this week with a stacked field. I’m hoping for another good week this week with these picks:

May 12, 2012; Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, USA; Phil Mickelson acknowledges the crowd on the 17th hole during the third round of the PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports


Phil Mickelson: Mickelson had a share of the 54-hole lead last week but finished third after a rough last round. He has a great history here making 11 straight cuts with a win in 2007 and six top-25’s.

Sergio Garcia: Garcia won this event in 2008 and is coming off a pair of top 20’s at the Masters and last week at Quail Hollow. Since then, he’s made the cut all four years and has a pair of top 25’s.

Other Options: Tiger Woods (obviously… I’m trying to save starts and he only has one top 10 here since he won in 2001), Graeme McDowell, Tim Clark


Dustin Johnson: DJ pulled out of last week’s event with a strained wrist but was reportedly able to work on his game over the weekend and should be ready to roll at TPC Sawgrass. He’s finished in the top 13 in each of his last three starts including a t4 at the Shell Houston open and a t13 at the Masters. Last year he didn’t play this event, but hasn’t missed the cut since his first trip here in 2008. Johnson’s a risk due to his injury, but I’m comfortable enough with my depth on the B-list to take that risk.

May 11, 2012; Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, USA; Luke Donald walks to the green of the ninth during the second round of the PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass. Mandatory Credit: Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports

Luke Donald: Donald has made the cut in seven of his last eight trips to Sawgrass and has three top-six finishes during that time. He’s coming off a t3 at the Heritage which was his second top-5 in his last three starts. He’s played six tournaments on the PGA Tour this season and been in the top 25 in six of them.

Matt Kuchar: Last year’s winner, Kuchar comes in off a t35 at the Heritage which broke his streak of three straight top 25’s. Kuch is as consistent as they come and is a solid start any time he tees it up. I’m starting him on my bench since I’m down to just five of his starts left, but I’ll insert him if he’s in contention headed into the weekend.

Nick Watney: Watney has been knocking on the door after sharing the lead going into the final round last week at Quail Hollow. He ended up finishing t10 after a final-round 76, but it did give him his third straight top-15. He’s made the cut in each of his last three trips to Sawgrass with a t4 two years ago.

Other Options: Webb Simpson, Justin Rose, Jim Furyk, K.J. Choi


Lee Westwood: Westwood finished t4 last week for his third top-ten finish in a row. He has a nice history at TPC Sawgrass with three top-six finishes in his ten trips to the event. Westwood is looking for his first win on Tour this season.

Adam Scott: Scott won this event back in 2004 and has been back in the top 15 three times since. He’s in pretty good form since he’s coming off a win at a little tournament in Augusta known as the Masters. He hasn’t played since, but returns to a course he’s extremely comfortable at this week.

Other Options: Billy Horschel, Rickie Fowler 


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