Ranked Johnson confident as Players test looms

Hope Soto
May 12, 2017

"So it will be interesting to see how the guys approach it". McIlroy hasn't finished worse than 12 the past four years at the Players.

The result of both?

Player projections, stats models, DFS lineup builders and much more! He has been playing somewhat well and he has the game to string it together and get a win at one of these big tournaments.

The best of it from the GolfSixes, in my opinion?

The exception this week is that the European Tour is staging the Portugal Open, although it also counts as a Challenge Tour event because most of the top players are at Sawgrass or at home. "I wouldn't want to go, I mean, obviously I still feel like on my day I'm the best player in the world, but there's a lot of competition out here, and it's - I feel like if I - yeah, there are times you doubt yourself and you're like, you know, am I - of course, I think everyone has that".

Day has a ton of work to achieve last year's winning score of 15-under and he doesn't have that number on his mind.

"It's going to be interesting where they position the tee (on No. 12)".

"And vice versa, when you're behind, you kind of have to press a little bit". The players who have combined to win the last 45 PGA Tour events will be teeing off. - It is the most impartial of tournaments on the PGA TOUR, played on a TPC Sawgrass course that favors no particular style, pedigree or seasoning.

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Monahan added that the tour is in a "comprehensive review" of all of its pace-of-play policies and that it's a topic that is being discussed by the Player Advisory Council as well. The front-right you have the potential to putt it up there close, but it's just the back-left you can get it up there and miss it right, and even if you're in the rough or the bunkers or whatever, you can get it close to the hole and therefore I think the risk is worth it because you can drive it on to the middle of the green.

When on his game, Rory is the best golfer in the world.

"It's just a hard tournament to win". But he has proven capable of hitting some big shots.

Johnson holds a 51-point lead over Thomas heading into this tournament. But only 19 of 31 have played on the weekend since then and, in May, six of 10 defending champions have either missed the cut, withdrawn or not entered because of injuries. Players will have to adapt to harder surfaces than normal at Sawgrass this week as newer greens are always firmer the first couple of years.

Where have you gone Patrick Reed? You don't need to strictly avoid first timers here, but like we talked about at The Masters, experience does play a pivotal role. I played it yesterday, and some parts that have slope on the left, if you just dropped a ball and let it just kind of trickle down, it would go in the water. So what happened? Among other things, he might be playing a little too much.

Like Jason Day, McIlroy eluded to the desire to regain the world's top ranking in golf. Then if you hit it just right of the green and it kicks straight, you end up in this swale that to any of the right pins, especially back right-back right you have no chance. No player has ever defended his title at the Players. Only Tiger Woods' back injury is keeping this tournament from getting every victor of the last 28 Players and major championships. For an event that has been around since 1974, it's unbelievable there hasn't been a single back-to-back victor.

In other words, laying up with anything from a 3- to 5-iron and wedging on is likely to give a player four birdie looks over four days and would seem the far more prudent play. Or Jon Rahm or Justin Rose or Jordan Spieth? He contended at the Masters and was in the mix in New Orleans.

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