Jason Day is one step closer to regaining that coveted top spot in the world.
The majors have all been running significantly longer than the Players, but it still serves to illustrate how hard a tournament it is to win.
Fowler will play Thursday and Friday alongside fan favorites Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, creating a mega group that will garner massive galleries and far more attention than any other.
The Open returns to Carnoustie for the first time since 2007 when Woods finished joint 12th when he was seeking a third successive victory. Only the U.S. Open pays more. “I played pretty well previous year except for the 18th hole and it’ll be nice to get back out there and exact some revenge”, pointed out the Indian golfer. The PGA Tour promised to create 307 more jobs in exchange for the incentives.
Last year’s victor, and golfer who’s now ranked 4th in the world, Jordan Spieth, is expected to speak. “In conversation with other people, players with other players, it’s come out dozens of times how dominant he was, how good he was”.
Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas both go in search of their first success at The Players, and can be backed at 14/1 and 16/1 respectively in the betting, with Justin Rose available at 28/1, while defending champion Kim Si-woo is a 90/1 outsider. “I’ve already been there once this year, and I all I wanted to do this year was give myself chances”. The 14-time major victor, who also landed the 1994 US Amateur Championship at TPC Sawgrass, is making his first appearance in the event since finishing joint 69th in 2015.
Day heads to Sawgrass in Florida this week with two wins underneath his belt, similar to he did in 2016. “I am hoping the special gold minted PLAYERS coin will provide me good luck as I compete this week”.
McIlroy said he has gradually learned to adapt to the famed Pete Dye-designed layout. Thought and precision must be combined on almost every shot to have success at Sawgrass.
One man we like the look of is Rickie Fowler at 20/1. Again, this tournament has had a lot of funky winners over the years.
South Korea’s Kim Si-Woo, who stunned the field previous year to emerge as the youngest Players champion, will take another stab at history.
For McIlroy the course, one which requires that the strongest club in his bag, the driver, to be ignored for much of a round in favour of a two-iron, has taken some getting used to: indeed, he missed the cut with regularity on initial acquaintance and it was only from 2013 on that he has managed to get any payback from the demand for patience. Sawgrass is a par 72 track, which means there are four par 5s.
For context, each of the four majors have at least 17 multiple winners. I love the golf course. Maybe that’s why only five golfers have ever done it twice (since the tournament moved to TPC Sawgrass in the early 1980s) and nobody has done it more than twice. There are holes that don’t fit your eye and you’ve got to adjust. The 137 yard par 3, is anything but simple and has made countless memories over the years. A whopping 69 balls found the water there in 2017. Learn about the mission of DKMS and compete nightly for World Series tickets this Major League Baseball season on FantasyDraft.