The top golfers in the world are all returning to TPC Sawgrass… the first big tournament post-Masters. Few quick stats about the treacherous 17th hole Island green published by www.pgatour.com:
Since 2003, players losing a ball in the water at the 17th hole happens approximately 11 percent of the time during THE PLAYERS Championship. That percentage, however, has been lower in the four most recent years.
Year Balls in the water Number of shot attempts Pct. of balls in water 2003 29 423 7 percent 2004 30 459 7 percent 2005 68 454 15 percent 2006 57 435 13 percent 2007 93 443 21 percent 2008 64 427 15 percent 2009 32 436 7 percent 2010 29 429 7 percent 2011 40 434 9 percent 2012 39 423 9 percent Total 481 4,363 11 percent
Below are our top picks for who we think will take home the US$1.7 Million+ winning share… beside Tiger who’s such a heavy favorite.
Side note, wouldn’t recommend that you bet on our horses as we’re currently 0 for 2! Third time will be the charm though! 🙂 Here we goooooo….
Damn… this is a tough one but I’m gonna have to go with McIlroy again. After a opening round 65 last week at The Wells Fargo, I was positive that Rory was going to win were it not for the crappy greens and massive rain at Quail Hollow. TPC Sawgrass looks pristine and as does McIlroy’s swing and renewed confidence. Ranked 6th in green hit in regulation (GIR), look for him to shoot low out of the gate and hold a strong lead throughout the competition. Come ‘on, kid!!!
Our initial pick to win the Masters, Brandt has been on a tear the entire season finishing in the top-10 five out of 9 starts this season, including a T-6th at the Masters. Ranked 10th in driving accuracy, 13th in putt average (1.72 over 31 rounds), and 1st in top-3 finishes. I fully expect that Snedeker will be healthy and will rebound strong after a “meh” showing at the RBC Heritage…. praying he doesn’t wear pink, though!
I’m always pulling for Rose but he keeps letting me down. Having not missed a cut and finishing 25th or better in all every start this year, Rose has one of the smoothest swings in the game (ranked 11th in driving distance at 30, 5th in scrambling and 3rd in ball striking). His main downfall is that he can’t friggin putt (115th in putts per round!). Everyone gets lucky though, so I’m praying that he gets lucky for the next four days.
When Watney’s not shanking the ball, he’s actually pretty effective. The Andy Roddick look-a-like has only missed one cut in 12 starts this season and has definitely been trending in the right direction with T-13th, T-15th and T10th finishes in his last three outings. Watney’s been striking the ball well. I definitely expect him to finish within the top-1o and who knows… he might just pullout the win.
Streelman’s a wildcard… he either does really really (win at TB championship) or really crappy. As of late, he’s been turning up the heat with two top-3 finishes in the last five starts. I expect him to either come out swing or to miss the cut… more emphasis on the latter… think he’ll probably miss the cut…