2023 Players Championship: Who to Watch at TPC Sawgrass
This week marks the start of the 2023 Players Championship, one of the most prestigious events on the PGA Tour. Held at the iconic TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Verda Beach, Florida, the 7,245-yard par-72 course is a Pete Dye design that requires patience and precision. With 43 of the top 50 golfers in the field, the competition will be fierce.
Leading the pack is Rory McIlroy (+850), who is coming off a victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He’s joined by Jon Rahm ($11,800) and Scottie Scheffler (+1000), who have both had impressive starts to the season. Justin Thomas ($11,600), the 2021 champion, will be paired with Jordan Spieth and Max Homa, who's already recorded two wins this season.
Other golfers to watch include Collin Morikawa (+25-1), Tony Finau (+3400), Scottie Scheffler (+1000), Xander Schauffele (+2200), Patrick Cantlay (+14000), Si Woo Kim (+66-1), Tyrrell Hatton (+3400), Will Zalatoris (+3200), Rickie Fowler (+14000), Jason Day (+3500), Tommy Fleetwood (+120=Top-South American), Sungjae Im (+3700), Cameron Young (+3500), Sam Burns (+3400), Kurt Kitayama (+9000), Hideki Matsuyama (+8500), Russell Henley (+15000), Taylor Montgomery (+18000), Nate Lashley (+250=Top-40), Sahith Theegala (+7000), Jhonattan Vegas (+25000), Adam Scott (+10000), Tom Hoge (+10000), Sepp Straka (+15000), and Adam Hadwin (+15000).
Stats to pay attention to include strokes gained approach, good drives gained, strokes gained off the tee, and strokes gained on par-5s.
For really high-end targets, look no further than Jon Rahm ($11,400), who ranks sixth in strokes gained total stats at TPC Sawgrass over the past five seasons. Keegan Bradley ($7,500) also has a lot of experience at the course, having made 12 starts, with two top-10 finishes across his past four starts.
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