Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat has a score to settle at the Players Championship this week.
'I was always only going to play four or five events before the Masters and this is my fourth. Given the variance in any golf tournament, finding value is key. Kentucky-based Matt Killen was with during a nine-hole practice round. The purse for this year is a record $12.5 million, with $2.25 million allocated for the victor. This Par 72 course is just under 7,200 yards, unusually small compared to the average course on Tour.
I will give two players to target from $11K up to the top salary, two targets from the $10K-$11K range, and two from the $9-10K range. The greens are considered among the smallest on Tour, and the Florida winds and stadium-style crowd will add on additional pressure to what is already considered an exceptionally hard course.
Given its level of difficulty, it's no wonder that only six golfers have won this event a few times.
Tiger Woods (+2500): Tiger Woods should be back and well rested after sitting out last week. "If I would have gotten my rounds last week it would have been four tournaments", Woods said.
Rickie Fowler was the first to fall foul of this when he took a penalty drop from shoulder height at the WGC-Mexico Championship and was penalized one stroke.
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While Johnson aims for consecutive victories, McIlroy will be vying for a sixth straight finish among the top six as a +1200 co-favourite on the Players Championship odds. He has not finished out of the top 20 in his three starts this year, though he not finished closer than eight shots of the victor. Given recent form and pure talent, Thomas winning isn't a insane thought whatsoever. "I'm not going to be sitting in my bus depressed, and especially when the doctors tell me to go and walk".
Firm and fast conditions in spring turned the venerable TPC Sawgrass nearly into a pitch and putt course the past few years, taking driver out of the hands of many players and rewarding precision more than power.
Hadwin is the top Canadian in the FedEx Cup standings so far this season, sitting 29th with 490 points. And no, you can't really play poorly and win this event.
It looks like it's going down to the deadline again.
Koepka enters the week still confident off his two major championship wins previous year.
"I could feel it in Mexico", Woods added. Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka, and last week's victor Francesco Molinari share the 20/1 line.
Asked what his theory is on why no one has been about to defend his Players title, Simpson said, "I think one of the reasons is [the course] doesn't really fit one style of play".
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