2021 The Players Championship expert picks, rankings, fantasy golf and betting tips
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2021 The Players Championship expert picks, rankings, fantasy golf and betting tips



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We have your 2021 The Players Championship rankings and expert picks, as we do each week of the PGA Tour season.

The Players Championship is this week, and we have a stacked field at TPC Sawgrass. Practically the whole healthy world top 50 is here, and they’re competing on a penal, unpredictable course that punishes players who are too conservative and too bold.

2021 The Players Championship rankings: Top 10 picks

1. Dustin Johnson: We have to put aside the horrible performance at Concession and chalk it up to a down week. DJ hadn’t finished that poorly since the WGC Mexico last year, pre-pandemic.

2. Tony Finau: Top 5 Tony is on fire right now. His game is working everywhere in every way — that is, except hoisting trophies. Would be a very Finau finish to pick up his second win here.

3. Collin Morikawa: Morikawa’s ball-striking exhibition at Concession was convincing, but more important to him was his putting. If he can putt anywhere near that level this week, he’s got a great chance.

4. Jon Rahm: Rahm finished T-32 at Concession for his worst finish since Memphis last August. A down week before a big one is sometimes helpful.

5. Patrick Cantlay: Cantlay has finished outside the top 17 just once this season. He just doesn’t back down the leaderboard much, but Sunday at Genesis was disappointing.

6. Bryson DeChambeau: Bryson was captivating in victory at Bay Hill. Still, I don’t think a lot of holes at Sawgrass line up for him.

7. Viktor Hovland: Hovland had a rough weekend at Bay Hill. Same story as a lot of players on our list: his most recent finish was his worst, by a mile, in a while.

8. Rory McIlroy: Rory was quite glum after Bay Hill, suggesting he has absolutely no spark and needs something to get him going. Maybe this week will help?

9. Webb Simpson: Webb has hardly played this year. But when he has, he’s finished in the top six twice (in four starts).

10. Justin Thomas: JT has been playing pretty well this year, though he’s lost some of his mojo. Still, he’s a great pick this week.

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