The fifth major has arrived and that means its time for The Players Championship at the iconic TPC Sawgrass. Measuring 7, 215 yards and playing as a par 72, TPC Sawgrass ask’s serious questions of not only a players golfing ability but also temperament, and there is no greater test in golf then the famous 17th hole. The par 3 17th is a mere 137 yards, however this hole is surrounded by water and players are asked to hit onto an island green that measures just 24 meters. This hole decides the tournament almost every year without fail as high drama always seems to play out late on the Sunday afternoon, as someone’s charge inevitably comes to a crushing end as they put a ball into the water and end up dropping multiple shots. Last year 45 balls made their way into the water during the 4 rounds and that number will almost certainly repeat itself this year. During the entire year that the course is open to the public and the members at TPC Sawgrass, a whopping 100, 000 balls are hit into the water at this hole. A staggering fact and one that illustrates just how daunting this hole is to the players. Even after hitting your first tee shot on the opening hole at TPC Sawgrass, there is only one thought going through your mind and that is what club to hit when you get to the 17th. There are few better holes for spectators to watch and enjoy then this one and it should be absolute theater when the leaders arrive their on late Sunday with only one good swing needed to negotiate this hole before possible glory. Winning The Players Championship is about standing taller and stronger then your opponents when the heat is almost unbearable. A worthy champion awaits us and so does a tournament full of and heartbreak and glory.
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Jordan Speith (+1400 BetOnline.ag)
Jordan Speith will be wanting to make a statement after his melt down at The Masters where he played last. This is the perfect event for him to show the watching world that he has no demons lingering after the Amen Corner disaster. Preparation is also key when it comes to mastering TPC Sawgrass and there are few who are better prepared than Jordan Speith. Watch out for Speith this week as he looks to make amends after Augusta National.
Sergio Garcia (+3300 BetOnline.ag)
Garcia narrowly lost out in a play off at this event last year to Rickie Fowler. Despite not having a brilliant first half of the season, Garcia is a man for the big occasion and will certainly see this as an event he can do well at. A third place finish at his national open a month ago will also give him some confidence as the talented Spaniard looks to hit the ground running at TPC Sawgrass.
Justin Rose (+2500 BetOnline.ag)
Rose put in a serious shift at the Wells Fargo Championship last week with a third place finish and there is reason to believe that he will kick on this week and challenge at the top half of the leaderboard. Good players seem to get better as the season gets deeper and Rose is due a win, so expect him to make plenty of birdies this weekend on his way to a great finish.
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Jordan Speith • Justin Rose • Rickie Fowler • Sergio Garcia • The Masters • The Players Championship • TPC Sawgrass • Wells Fargo Championship