My 2019 Players Championship Picks
Another great week at the API, with Francesco Molinari shooting a Sunday 64 fresh off of a new equipment sponsor. This week brings the PGA’s marquee non-major event, The Players Championship, though I’m sure you knew this by how much NBC shoved it down our throat last weekend. The Players is a great event that brings in all the top talent (assuming Phil doesn’t withdraw after his practice round, yikes), and will hopefully provide good drama. Let’s take a look at players who could make some noise this weekend.
Charles Howell III is a guy who seems to get no respect from the media and on the broadcast, but guys inside the ropes will tell you he is one of (if not the) best pure ball strikers on tour. In his last 8 starts he has 7 top 20 finishes, including a win. He’s now ranked 46 on the OWGR and could quietly have another great finish at Sawgrass this week. For the gamblers and the fantasy guys out there, you can get him at 4.20-1 for a top 20 finish and his DraftKings salary is $7,300, great value there. This guy has made me so much money this year.
Lucas Glover has seen a resurgence since having to go back to the Web.com playoffs last year, he’s coming off of 3 straight top 10s and is another excellent ball striker with a US Open Championship to his name. The last time he teed it up at this event he finished T6, and though he hasn’t played it much in recent years, I expect a good week from him.
My pick to win: Brook Koepka
Golf’s current big game hunter - of his 5 PGA tour wins, 3 are majors. He always seems to have a bit more in the tank for big events, and he’s a Florida guy (not to be confused with Florida Man). I expect Koepka to have his best this week, and while it’s not something we’ve seen too often, his best has been hard to match when we have. 23-1 outright to win seems like a good shout, I’ll have action on that.
My guess is 57 balls in the water on 17 this week, based on no quality rational other than a quick glance at the previous years.
Also can you believe Spieth doesn’t have a top 10 since The Open? We’re talking about a guy who some thought was the best putter ever (maybe a bit premature) and an excellent iron player, now he just can’t put 4 rounds together. Not what you’d expect from a 3-time major winner. I hope he turns it around soon, but I think he misses the cut this week.
Justin Rose is coming off of a poor week from his standards, but I expect a player like him to bounce back with a strong showing. The current world #2 would love to add a trophy like this to his collection, and he’s too consistent of a player to have back to back weeks like he just had.
Looking forward to a fun few months on tour, thanks for reading!