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The PGA Tour is at its home this week, with The Players Championship moving back to March aftera 12-year run in May. The tournament is now the PGA Tour’s richest, and the mantra of the event is that it’s the PGA Tour’s “gold standard.” TPC Sawgrass should play more difficult, longer, perhaps a little softer and will be more challenging. The field is DEEP, but there are plenty of question marks among the top players, particularly on an unforgiving course without few clear horses-for-courses.
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2019 The Players Championship rankings: Top 10 picks
1. Rory McIlroy — Look, Rory should have won in the last year. He’s been in the Sunday final group nine times, and he’s won zero. But his form is very good, and his finnicky form here can’t be permanent.
2. Justin Thomas — Thomas continues to put himself in wonderful positions to win, but he’s not quite there yet. He plays well here, and he could always back-door top-10 with a huge finish.
3. Francesco Molinari — Molinari was in a bit of a funk to start the year, but that’s apparently over now. The 64 to win the Palmer was beautiful. He plays Sawgrass very well, and he doesn’t tend to let up after wins.
4. Jon Rahm — Rahm drives the ball great and putts pretty well. If he can play that game, he can win. If he gets distracted or frustrated by his approach play, he can’t.
5. Justin Rose — Really hard to gauge where Rose’s game is at the moment. He has few starts, and he’s trying hard to space out his schedule to lead into this run from now through the end of August. In concept, he should handle this place well.
6. Brooks Koepka — Koepka has been kind of hard to figure this year. It looked like the Honda was tailor-made for him, and then Keith Mitchell won it. Then at another ball-striking-first course at Bay Hill, Koepka misses the cut. Hard to predict, but I remember his Players 63 and lean on that.
7. Dustin Johnson — It’s kind of shocking Dustin Johnson isn’t in one of the four featured groups the PGA Tour announced for The Players. He’s the world No. 1. But, his Players record isn’t swell. Still, he clearly gets puzzle courses because he owns the WGC Mexico.
8. Rickie Fowler — BDR is playing some very good golf this year. Has a win in Phoenix. Nearly had Honda. He’s sprinkled in some uninspiring performances, too. His tee-to-green stats are depressed from his last two years, so if he plays more to his potential, he’ll be in great shape.
9. Paul Casey — Casey comes in hot, and he’s had a few weeks off. I love that combination. His ballstriking should really come through on this golf course.
10. Tiger Woods — Woods doesn’t deserve a top-10 position based on form (or health), but I feel like I have to mention the guy. Played well in Mexico, but we’ll see how big of a deal his neck problem is.
My primary DraftKings lineup
- Jon Rahm – $9,500
- Tommy Fleetwood – $8,800
- Francesco Molinari – $8,600
- Paul Casey – $7,900
- Ian Poulter – $7,600
- Rafa Cabrera Bello – $7,400
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