The Players Championship– Who’s Going To Help You Win?
Expert Golf Advice for the Players Championship
Many of golf’s stars have been taking some time off since the Masters, but many of them will be back in action for the Players Championship this weekend. From a daily fantasy standpoint, that’s a good thing—more options.
But before diving into an examination of what some of those options may be…
How about a little information about the course and weather?
The Players Championship is played on the Stadium Course at TPC at Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. The course is 7,189 yards long and is a par-72.
As for the weather, the wind could do a little damage this weekend. Wind speeds are expected to be around 11-12 MPH throughout the tournament. Rain isn’t expected although the forecast does say that there is a 10 percent chance on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
It’s expected to be partly cloudy all weekend with temperatures in the mid to high 70s.
Okay—so it is going to be a nice weekend for a good walk to be spoiled. But who is going to help your daily fantasy team the most?
Si Woo Kim won the tournament last year and as much as I’d like to get behind him—I can’t. Yes, he has played some decent golf in his last three outings (1-under at the Masters; 12-under at RBC Heritage; 1-under at the Valero Open). But overall, it looks more like they may be the exception and not the rule this year for him.
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson have been getting a lot of press since they are going to be paired together. But I think I’ll be jumping off the Tiger Woods band wagon this week. Yes, he has played well at times. However, I think his last couple outings have shown that he still has a lot of work to do to become even a shadow of what he once was.
If you must—consider Tiger a high-risk, high-reward kind of play this week. He may be great, or he may be worthless to your fantasy roster.
The following guys are worth your consideration:
Phil Mickelson: I haven’t wanted to believe in him, but Old Lefty has been playing some good golf this year. After tying for fifth at the Wells Fargo last weekend, he has five top-five finishes this season. He didn’t have his god stuff at the Masters, but it looks like he may have found it again after last week.
Jason Day: I’ve seen a lot of experts pick him to win. While I’m not as confident he’ll do that, it is hard not to think the experts might have a clue. He did win the Wells Fargo Championship last week. But his previous four appearances were lackluster at best (t34, t20, t36, and t22). However, prior to that, he was a man on fire with a win at the Farmers Insurance Open and t2 at Pebble Beach.
I’d call him my “cautiously optimistic” choice of the week.
Rory McIlroy: He’s had some great moments this season like his win at the Arnold Palmer, but he has also been a little erratic. He was looking good at the Masters, until he hit a 74 on the final day. Had he not shot a 76 on day two at the Wells Fargo Championship, he would have finished better than t16.
So, while it may sound crazy after pointing all of that out, I like him at the Players this weekend. He has a good history on the course. Maybe this weekend, that history pays off.
Bryson DeChambeau: If you feel like taking a chance on someone with longer odds, DeChambeau may be your man (his odds are 50:1 to win). Yes, he has had plenty of not-so-good moments this season. But he comes into the Players Championship riding a hot hand. He placed second at the Arnold Palmer back in March and his last two times out finished t3 (RBC Heritage) and in fourth (Wells Fargo).
Henrik Stenson: It’s been awhile, but he has won the Players Championship before (2009), so we know he can play the course well. But more importantly, his game has been sold but not spectacular his last few times out. He was a mixed bag at the Zurich Classic his last time out. But prior to it, he finished t5 at the Masters, t6 at the Houston Open, and took fourth at the Arnold Palmer.
That tells me he may not win, but there is a good reason to believe he’ll play well.
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