The TOUR makes their much anticipated annual trip to TPC Sawgrass this week for the Players Championship. It’s always one of the toughest fields and venues of the year… honestly, I don’t know why it’s not officially the fifth major. For the more accomplished players on tour a Players Championship victory denotes a complete resume.
Anyone who has been around golf long enough knows some of Pete Dye’s iconic holes at TPC Sawgrass… #17 being the most memorable. The island green is the by far most exciting hole to watch all week and come Sunday as the leaderboard tightens up it will be one of the toughest holes on the course only playing at around 124 yards. So close some guys can throw a golf ball to the green:
The margin of error is very small though. A couple of inches can separate a great shot from guys having to re-tee and possibly killing their round. And getting to the green is half the battle. Take a look at some of the most memorable putts at #17 over the years:
Don’t get it mistaken though, the rest of this course will be putting up a fight this week as well. Many of the players would say that the Par 3 8th hole plays tougher than the #17 because of it’s length and tough green. One of my favorite quotes and something I still say to this day came from Jack Nicklaus when asked if the TPC suited his playing style…. he said “No, I’ve never been very good at stopping a 5-iron on the hood of a car.” These greens are no joke and these guys must have their irons dialed in all week long.
But let’s move on to the field. We’ll see 10 past champions in the field this week including Tiger Woods who has looked pretty good in the state of Florida so far this year. In the past, this course has brought the best out of him as he has 2 wins and 5 top ten’s in 17 starts…. He has a little added motivation being paired with Rickie Fowler and Phil Mickelson in the first two rounds. But then again, it will be a battle for every guy with a field this stacked. Which brings us to our picks… As a reminder, we take a dark horse and a favorite every week. Comment below with your pick and follow us on Twitter for some more hot takes this weekend.
- Favorite: Rory McIlroy
- Long Shot: Adam Hadwin
- Favorite: Justin Thomans
- Long Shot: Kevin Na
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