TPC Sawgrass may very well be one of golf’s greatest venues for a tournament, and the PLAYERS Championship is just that. It’s the PGA Tour’s HQ, it’s their “major” and what most of the world refers to as “golf’s 5th major” and certainly has played host to a laundry list of worthy winners. The famed 17th hole is a bucket list for anyone who plays golf, similar to 16 at TPC Scottsdale, but more challenging and less noise…sometimes, unless the leaderboard it tight on the weekend!
Last year we saw Justin Thomas capture his first win at The PLAYERS and quite frankly might see him get a back-to-back the way he’s playing early this season. Him and world #1 John Rahm are the favorites to win at +1000 with a heavy hitters list of the world’s top layers on the tee sheet. How can you not like Scottie Scheffler who’s having the hottest month on the TOUR of anybody. Morikowa’s game is tight, and Cameron Smith is as good of a putter as anyone on TOUR, and that’s a must to win here this weekend. Cantlay, Rory, Hovland are all on pretty much on fire and ripe for a win this year, or another in Viktor and Rory’s case.
Brooks is also in the field, and very intriguing at +3000….watch out for him to come out hot on Thursday and stay around the top all weekend long. Bryson is OUT! He’s fighting injury and were not sure when we’ll see him back. I wouldn’t be surprised if he didn’t’ sit out The Masters (then again, how could you?!?) because going into Augusta National cold is asking to get embarrassed, especially given his style game.