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14 hours ago Si Woo Kim, who was the youngest ever winner of the event at 21, was only playing the event for a second time three years ago, having finished 23rd in 2016, but the last two winners. View the latest golf scores and results of the 2017 THE PLAYERS Championship. THE PLAYERS Championship - 2017 Leaderboard - PGA TOUR To watch in a smaller size, scroll down while your video is.
Justin Thomas, Collin Morikawa, Patrick Cantlay set to join world No. 1-ranked player in field at TPC Sawgrass
THE PLAYERS Championship announced Tuesday that 2020 FedExCup Champion and current World No. 1-ranked player Dustin Johnson has committed to the 2021 event, which returns to TPC Sawgrass the week of March 9-14. The 24-time PGA TOUR winner will be joined by fellow United States players Justin Thomas, Collin Morikawa and Patrick Cantlay, with all four in search of their first PLAYERS title.
Johnson, whose last win on the PGA TOUR came at the 2020 Masters Tournament, enters the week at TPC Sawgrass with 11 starts under his belt, but just one top-10 – a T5 effort in 2019. That year, he became the first player since Steve Elkington in 1997 to record all four rounds in the 60s at THE PLAYERS (69-68-69-69).
Currently fourth in the FedExCup standings, Johnson entered last week’s World Golf Championships-Workday Championship at The Concession with four top-10s in five starts throughout the PGA TOUR’s 2020-21 season, but struggled to a T54 finish. The week marked his first finish outside the top-12 on TOUR since withdrawing from the 2020 3M Open following a first-round 78.
The 36-year-old, who is tied with Gary Player for 26th on the PGA TOUR’s all-time wins list, has at least one win in each of his 14 seasons on TOUR – tying Tiger Woods for the third-longest streak to begin a career in TOUR history.
Justin Thomas, who has just one top-10 in five starts at the event (T3/2016), can become the fourth player to win THE PLAYERS, the FedExCup, a major championship and a World Golf Championships event (Tiger Woods, Henrik Stenson, Rory McIlroy) should he come out on top next week.
The 27-year-old, who owns 13 career PGA TOUR titles, has eight top-25 finishes in nine starts thus far in the 2020-21 season, including a season-best T2 at the ZOZO Championship at Sherwood last October. Thomas is currently No. 3 in the Official World Golf Ranking and eighth in the FedExCup.
Collin Morikawa will enter THE PLAYERS as one of the game’s hottest golfers following a victory at the WGC-Workday Championship at The Concession. The 24-year-old posted 18-under 270 for a three-stroke victory over Billy Horschel, Viktor Hovland and Brooks Koepka last Sunday in Bradenton, Florida. The victory, which marked the fourth of his young PGA TOUR career, allowed him to join Tiger Woods as the only players in history to win a major championship and a WGC before the age of 25.
Morikawa was one of a handful of first timers set to make his PLAYERS Championship debut at the 2020 event before it was canceled due to the onset of Covid-19. Following the TOUR’s resumption of play last June, he notched a playoff loss (Charles Schwab Challenge), playoff victory (Workday Charity Open) and his first career major championship title (PGA Championship) in his first seven starts. With his victory at TPC Harding Park, Morikawa became the third-youngest player since World War II to win the PGA Championship, behind only Rory McIlroy and Jack Nicklaus.
Patrick Cantlay, the current leader in the 2020-21 FedExCup, will enter THE PLAYERS in search of his first career top-10 in three prior starts at the event. The former UCLA golfer posted T22 and T23 finishes in 2017 and 2018, respectively, before missing the cut in 2019.
Cantlay, who turned pro in 2012, won his first PGA TOUR title at the 2017 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open before collecting his next two titles at the 2019 Memorial Tournament and 2020 ZOZO Championship. The 28-year-old has four top-10s in the 2020-21 season, including two top-three finishes in his last three starts (2/The American Express, T3/Genesis Invitational).
Other notable American players currently committed to THE PLAYERS 2021 include Koepka, Xander Schauffele, Patrick Reed, Bryson DeChambeau, Tony Finau, 2015 PLAYERS Champion Rickie Fowler and 2018 PLAYERS Champion Webb Simpson.
For more information on THE PLAYERS Championship 2021, go to THEPLAYERS.com.
It really doesn’t matter whether or not you think of this week’s Players Championship as golf’s “fifth major”, it’s switch back to March from May last year repositioned the annual trip to Florida’s Ponte Vedra Beach as the first serious gathering of the game’s best players on the schedule and there’s a lot to like about that.
That the flagship event on the PGA Tour returns to TPC Sawgrass’s Stadium Course designed by the recently departed Pete Dye every year is about the only predictable thing about this tournament with a record $15 million purse that dwarfs the actual Majors.
Dye’s brilliant design, with no two consecutive holes playing in the same direction, has been described as the ultimate risk-reward course, capable of delivering low scores and some horrible numbers in equal measure.
The rollercoaster ride of the three closing holes helps to ensure that no player has ever gone bogey-free in all four rounds since The Players was added to the schedule in 1974 (moving to TPC Sawgrass in 1982).
With an unlikely list of champions to have negotiated this outstanding but fair test of golf over its 7,189 yards, picking a winner is no easy task. Paddy’s paying 10 places so we at least have a fighting chance. Here are 4 pointers to picking the winner.Paddy’s paying 10- places at Sawgrass and the latest odds are over at PP.com
1. FEELING RIGHT AT HOME
Jim Furyk’s runner-up finish to Rory McIlroy last year should have come as no surprise given he lives just around the corner in Ponte Vedra Beach, but TPC Sawgrass can stir as many bad memories as good ones and just a couple of nightmares.
For every nine-under-par, course-record 63 that lies out there on the Stadium Course there also lurks an 80, often for the same player. Jason Day laid the foundations for his 2016 victory with opening rounds of 63 and 66 having missed the cut 12 months earlier with a second-round 81.
That the sadly absent Tiger Woods would have been the only multiple Players champion in the field this week (2001, 2013) and no player has ever successfully defended their title at TPC Sawgrass, tells you that this is a tournament that does not lend itself to familiarity when it comes to picking a champion.
Nor does that fact that of the last five champions (2015-19), only 2017 winner Si Woo Kim had not missed a cut at The Players prior to his victory, the Korean having won at just his second attempt. That said, there may be interest in the following table of Sawgrass form horses.
Best Players’ records last five years
Rory McIlroy (2019 first): 1, MC, T35, T12, T8
Jason Day: T8, T5, T60, 1, MC
Adam Scott: T12, T11, T6, T12, T38
Hideki Matsuyama: T8, MC, T22, T7, T17
Tommy Fleetwood: T5, T7, T41 (only 3 apps)
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Other champions in last five years
Webb Simpson (2018): T16, 1, DNP, T66, MC
Si Woo Kim (2017): T56, T63, 1st, T23
Rickie Fowler (2015): T47, MC, T60, MC, 1
2. FEELGOOD FACTOR
Great form and good vibes are obvious benefits going into any tournament but never more so than arriving at a familiar course that requires an all-around game firing on all cylinders.
While only two of the last 10 winners of The Players Championship pitched up at TPC Sawgrass with a victory in their previous five starts that season (Jason Day in 2016 and Tiger Woods in 2013 had both won twice), eight of the last 10 champions had recorded multiple top-10 finishes in the preceding weeks.
The outliers in this scenario are Si Woo Kim in 2017 and Tim Clark in 2010, who both could boast only a best performance of a T22 in their most recent five starts before The Players. Last year’s winner Rory McIlroy arrived at the Stadium Course with five successive top-six finishes under his belt.
Of the market leaders heading to Sawgrass, the clear form horse is world number one Rory McIlroy, who since missing the cut at last July’s Open Championship at Royal Portrush has only finished outside the top-10 in two of his 13 starts, a T19 at the BMW Championship during the FedEx Cup play-offs in the USA last August and T26 in the Alfred Dunhill Links a month later.Paddy’s paying 10- places at Sawgrass and the latest odds are over at PP.com
3. THE COURSE
With its tight fairways, numerous water and sand hazards, and visually intimidation from the tee boxes placing a premium on driving accuracy, its small greens rewarding skill around the greens and a demand for nerveless putting, Pete Dye’s Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass is like Augusta National in the challenge it places on every facet of our contenders’ golf games.
The list of former winners and the variety of playing strengths it showcases strengthens that perspective with relatively short hitters like Webb Simpson and Tim Clark rubbing shoulders alongside bombers such as defending champion Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods in the last decade.
Picking out key PGA Tour statistics for the season so far: Greens In Regulation, Strokes Gained: Off The Tee, SG: Approach The Green, Scrambling and SG: Putting, these are the men in The Players field who featured in the top 10 in most of those categories through to the Honda Classic.
4 – Xander Schauffele: GIR – 6th, SG: Off Tee – 9th, SG: App Green – 8th, Scrambling – 4th.
3 – Rory McIlroy: SG: Off Tee – 7th, SG: App Green – 3rd, Scrambling – 1st
3 – Webb Simpson: GIR – 10th, SG: App Green – 7th, Scrambling – 10th
2 – Patrick Cantlay: GIR – 3rd, SG: App Green – 2nd
2 – Tommy Fleetwood: GIR – 8th, SG: Off Tee – 5th
2 – Hideki Matsuyama: GIR – 7th, SG: App Green – 6th
2 – Jon Rahm: SG: Off Tee – 8th, SG: Putting – 5th
2 – Kevin Na: Scrambling – 7th, SG: Putting – 6th
4. THIS YEAR’S CONTENDERS
Rory McIlroy – 13/2 fav
The defending champion has been a model of brilliant, all-around consistency since his 2019 victory at TPC Sawgrass and without the baggage that follows him into majors is in the form to make his return to The Players the first successful title defence in tournament history.
Jon Rahm – 12/1
Has the game to tame the Stadium Course but his weekend return of 64-76 last March will be a tough lesson to overcome this time around.
Justin Thomas – 14/1
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A couple of missed cuts disrupt some lovely form coming into Sawgrass, including victory at the season-opening Sentry Tournament of Champions but JT will need to rediscover his touch at the Stadium Course, his best finish being a T3 in 2016.
Webb Simpson 20/1
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The 2018 champion is ticking all the right boxes two years on. Finished T16 last year in defence of his title and is back in the world’s top-10 rankings thanks to victory in Phoenix earlier this year.Paddy’s paying 10- places at Sawgrass and the latest odds are over at PP.com
Adam Scott 22/1
Won The Players in 2004 aged 24 and has not finished worse than T12 since 2015. Goes into this week’s event in great nick with a victory at the Genesis Invitational at Riviera last month.
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Hideki Matsuyama 22/1
Another with solid recent form backed by strong showings around TPC Sawgrass. Matsuyama finished T8 behind McIlroy last year and has two top-six finishes in recent weeks.
Tommy Fleetwood 22/1
Ignore the Azinger jibes after he missed out at the Honda Classic, Fleetwood is in fine fettle and has been building nicely since his 2017 Players’ debut, returning T41, T7 and most recently a T5 finish. Could be in line for another pay increase in 2020.
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