THE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP
Players Championship week, the unofficial fifth major and arguably the biggest tournament of the year to date.
This comes four days after Francesco Molinari surged through the field to claim, as Paul Azinger stated his biggest win to date, he obviously doesn’t rate The Open as a big tournament. All joking aside, this is Frankie’s biggest win on the PGA Tour so far and certainly asserts him as a serious contender for all the majors this year. His -8 round on Sunday encapsulated perfectly Arnold Palmer's mantra “You must play boldly to win”.
To round up last week's tournament at Bay Hill, I am sure that Arnold Palmer would be delighted that the final leaderboard was an international affair. In the top 10, there were six different nations represented, highlighting the strength of the worldwide game.
Moving to TPC Sawgrass and The Players Championship. Renowned for having the strongest field of any golf tournament in the world, with the top 125 players from the previous seasons PGA Tour Money list making up the majority of the field. Add in the rest of the World’s top 50 from the OWGR, who don’t have a PGA Tour card and you are well on your way to having the aforementioned strongest field of any event in the season.
Leading the charge for the title this week are amongst others Rory Mcilroy, Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson. Should Rory prevail he would become only the second player from GB and Ireland to win The Players. For those not in the know, Sandy Lyle is the only winner of The Players from the British Isles.
However, with this being the flagship event on the PGA Tour, it would be fitting that an American would win the event. And you can’t look any further than the world number one and three, Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka. Both have the capacity to tear apart any golf course, including TPC Sawgrass.
TIPS FOR THE WEEK
Rory McIlroy: He will remain a top tip for every event he starts until he wins
Dustin Johnson: will be fresh after a week off, was seen on social media sharpening his game with Coach Harmon
Brooks Koepka: Big time player with one of the best recent records at big tournaments
Francesco Molinari: One of the most consistent players, supreme ball striker and seems to have figured out the flat stick, after coming off his best-putting round of his career.