Sobel’s Favorite Players Championship Tournament Matchups: Fading Three Big Names

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Major season has arrived! He finished T11 a year ago, a finish that kick-started his comeback season that culminated in a victory at the Tour Championship. After that will come my top value plays from the $8-9K range, along with a couple of GPP flyers to consider for tournament play.

"It was getting to the point where it was affecting my setup, my backswing, my through swing, " said Woods, who is back for this week's Players Championship. That's helped him hit 71.2 percent of greens in regulation, ascend to No. 8 in the FedEx Cup rankings, and bank $2.59 million in winnings, the fourth-most on Tour this season.

Adam Hadwin, however, doesn't like to get too geared up for any one hole on any course. This Par 72 course is just under 7,200 yards, unusually small compared to the average course on Tour.

"My back feels a lot better", Day told Golf Digest after playing 18 holes.

Disappointing to play the two par 5s on the front nine in even par. The course boasts a ton of water hazards, deep British-style bunkers, and waste areas as well. Thomas has always played well at TPC Sawgrass, and that should be expected again this weekend. There are numerous years that ... we've all had mud balls, and you have to deal with that type of difficulty coming into these greens. It returns to March this year in a major shakeup of the PGA Tour's calendar. He ended a five-year victory drought at the Tour Championship for his 80th career win, and now only needs three more to surpass Sam Snead as the PGA Tour's all-time victor.

Rickie Fowler (+2200): Rickie Fowler was the victor of this tournament in 2015, and he is comfortable on this course.

THE PLAYERS Championship is contested in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.

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Those favorites include Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, Justin Rose of England, Brooks Koepka and Francesco Molinari of Italy, who won the Arnold Palmer Invitational last week. Given recent form and pure talent, Thomas winning isn't a insane thought whatsoever.

Tigers Woods says he is progressing nicely ahead of the Masters despite a neck injury which prompted him to miss Bay Hill.

"When you roll out 50 changes, there are going to be some things that work really well and some things that might create debate", said Jay Monahan, the PGA Tour's commissioner.

He finished 11th at the 2018 Players, his first entry into the tournament since 2013.

Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland - Even though he hasn't won since the Arnold Palmer Invitational previous year, Rory is on a run of five straight finishes in the top six and just can't finish things off on Sunday right now. He's now 22nd in SG: tee-to-green, and if his putting can improve, can certainly be competing on Sunday.

Tiger Woods has been coach-less since 2017 but he spent part of Monday working with a short game coach at TPC Sawgrass in Florida.

Tommy Fleetwood plays his shot from the sixth tee during the first round of THE PLAYERS Championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass - Stadium Course. The tournament officially kicked off Thursday morning bright and early.

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