Here are Spreadsheet Fantasy’s top twenty players going into the Players Championship!
1. Rory McIlroy – Despite his questionable history at TPC Sawgrass, it’s hard to bet against someone who is averaging more than sixty points per start this year. The last time Rory McIlroy finished second in a tournament, he won the next week. Can he do it again at the Players?
2. Lee Westwood – Hard to believe the player rankings would start off with the two players who very publically declined an invite to the Players last year, but Lee Westwood is playing far to well to ignore. He has four top fives in six starts this year, and his third place finish at the Masters shows that he means business.
3. Luke Donald – Ever since Luke learned that he was Brent’s childhood hero, the artistic Brit has been performing on a whole different level. He already has a win this year, and a repeat of last year’s top five would not come as a surprise.
4. Matt Kuchar – The Kooch doesn’t get nearly enough credit in the golf realm. Since Beast expressed confidence in Kuchar back in 2010, he’s been an unstoppable top ten machine. With four top tens already this season, he seems like an obvious pick to get another one.
5. Sergio Garcia – Sergio has been a beast at this event, and leads the all-time money list at this event, and he’s experienced quite a rebirth over the past year. It also doesn’t hurt that he’s on Dave’s team and that seems to mean an automatic top 5 these days.
6. Hunter Mahan – Fuchs’ juggernaut Hunter Mahan has had no trouble winning this year, with his two wins coming in the Match Play and the Shell Houston Open. He finished sixth at this event last year, and with a win and top fifteen in his last two starts, he could very well take home the trophy.
7. Rickie Fowler – It’s not easy to win two weeks in a row on the PGA Tour, but now that the pressure of that illusive first win is off Rickie it certainly wouldn’t be out of the question. The only thing that is certain is what Lawrence’s reaction will be if Fowler wins it.
8. Phil Mickelson – Despite having won here back in 2007, Lefty’s results here over the past few years have been forgettable. That being said, he’s been one of the hottest players on tour this year and playing some of the best golf of his career. The emotional high of his HOF induction may also play a part in his result.
9. Nick Watney – Up until last week, Nick Watney had been absolutely dreadful this year. Like Lawrence’s team in general, you have to hope that last week was a turning point for the league’s second most futile squad. Watney led after two rounds here last year, and a repeat performance would be exactly what Lawrence needs.
10. Jason Day – Jason Day has not done much this year, but his top ten at Quail Hollow last week showed a lot of positive signs. He was fourth in strokes gained putting, and he did well at this event last year, finishing tied for sixth.
11. Ernie Els
12 Steve Stricker
13. Jason Dufner
14. Webb Simpson
15. Justin Rose
16. Jim Furyk
17. Zach Johnson
18. Adam Scott
19. Keegan Bradley
20. Brandt Snedeker