GolfMonger Preview: The PLAYERS Championship

The PLAYERS Championship is considered the best field of the year. As far as most are concerned the “5th Major”.  All the big names are at TPC Sawgrass this week competing for the largest purse on the PGA Tour.

All of the players in the Top 10 in the Official World Golf Rankings are in the field.  In fact, 48 of the top 50 players in the OWGR are in Florida ready to take on Pete Dye’s masterful design.

Rickie Fowler comes in as the defending champ after his amazing finish in 2015.  Nobody has ever player the final 5 holes better than Rickie did last year.  Birdie-par-eagle-birdie-birdie is 1 hell of a way to finish a round.  Except he wasn’t finished.

Fowler went on to beat Sergio Garcia and Kevin Kisner in a playoff.  He birdied the famous 17th hole 3 times in a row.  Winning!!!

Masters champ Danny Willett is making his first start since Augusta.  So is the man he overtook on the back nine, Jordan Spieth.


GolfMonger Picks

  1. Rickie Fowler – He would be the first player to successfully defend his title at TPC Sawgrass.  As well as he played on Sunday last year combined with the fact that he is leading the PGA Tour in all-around so far this season, makes Rickie a no-brainer pick for us here.
  2. Sergio Garcia – The all-time earnings leader at THE PLAYERS has to be on the list.  He won in 2008 and has 5 other Top 10s since. TPC Sawgrass is a ball strikers course for sure. Sergio has been a horse for the course to date and we see no reason the trend will change this week.  Expect the Spaniard to be on the front page come Sunday afternoon.
  3. Rory McIlroy – This man is due for a big win.  That is a fact.  We have all been waiting for it and we think this week could be the time. He has Top 10s in his last three trips to THE PLAYERS. If he gets off to a good start on Thursday he will be around to make noise on Sunday for sure.

Wild Card Pick

Martin Kaymer lead every round in 2014 when he won.  He followed that up,with a runaway win at the US Open.  He hasn’t done much since, but he is 7 for 7 at TPC Sawgrass.  It would not surprise us at all to see him make a run again this week.  Keep an eye on the big German.  It is a Ryder Cup year after all.

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Author: Brian Stefan

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