The Players Championship
Date: May 9th,2013-May 12th,2013
Course: TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedre Beach, Florida
TV: NBC/Golf Channel
by Tim, PGA Golf Handicapper, Predictem.com
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Well, the PGA Tour puts a few miles between themselves and the Quail Hollow Mud Flats this week by, “YES!”: Playing golf on a decent golf course! The TPC Sawgrass with the number 17 Island Green and thenumber 17 Island Green- and Jimmy Roberts! Yes, Jimmy Roberts will surely offer us one of his “Emmy Winning” feel-goodies right in the middle of my third chicken wing. The Players Championship has become a great tournament reflected in the field’s strength. Routinely this course caters to the fourth of fifth strongest field in all of golf and the second or third most intoxicated fans (number 17 Island Green). As usual, with such a strong field, Jim Furyk will have no chance of winning. Tiger will be favored and all will forget his ‘putzing’ around. We can sit back and enjoy Rory McIlroy’s developmentof the goofiest walk I’ve ever seen (Lumbering Bounce?)! It should be a great tournament and number 17 Island Green? It’s a sideshow surrounded by impassioned inebriates. Ha! Let’s see who’s primed for the win.
Corky-Lee Westwood-proved once again at Quail Hollow he can’t close the deal when it counts. Nick Watney looked awesome until someone told him he was leading on Sunday. “Exit; Stage Right” looked like his swing thought after hole number 7. Mickelson was un-Mickelson-like until the pressure was applied; then he just “Mickelsoned” the last three holes. David Lynn played extremely well but his swing looks a little loose to be a consistent winner. Charles Howell III is the man I’ve given up on (Does he insist on the “III” monikerpretentious.) and is quickly becoming the ‘Derrick Cope’ of Neck-Car fame on the PGA Tour. The guy I really like is Ryan Moore! I’ve watched him from the final round at The Masters when he was in the last group with Mickelsonand instead of blowin’ around the course in “See ya’ next year” fashion, he fired a number; impressive! Moore had a great tourney last week. He’s 20th in Power Rankings, hasn’t missed a cut at The Players (and hasn’t gotten in the Top 25 either!), and this is his 7th go around which is about the average for 1st time winners at The Players. Stenson is a beast and my boy Tim Clark is in town again. Stenson is 1st in total driving, 1st in Greens in Regulation, and won The Players by 4 in 2009. Let’s Predict’em!
This is going to be a great tournament. And, before we get to it, Adam Scott is now “Persona Non Grata” since he slammed Aussie-Mania down our throats! My Lord! Is Australia filled with people having Esteem issues? Sure, it’s an okay country and the water goes down the toilet in a different direction which is pretty cool, but I haven’t met a group of people more consumed with Nationalism since, ummmWW II (sssshhhhhh)?! Anyway, Adam Scott is a No-Go here. I love Stenson and I think he can repeat making him one of only 4 others to do it. Tim Clark will be in the mix along with steady-Eddie K.J. Choi, Matt Kuchar, and my favorite; Ryan Moore. Graeme McDowell definitely “Houses” the arrogance needed to win as displayed at Harbour Town and Jason Day has really been playing well for about 3-4 years; he just doesn’t have enough starts after The Masters to win herebut he will win again; probably in 3-4 weeks. If NBC can keep that Hack Jimmy Roberts from speaking on camera, I’ll watch this tournament Saturday and Sunday uninterrupted. If Jimmy Roberts even utters one little “So, how was the play out there?” to a guy who just shot 74, I’m gonna’ have to put NBC on “Operation Shutdown.” That’s the way I see it—Ryan Moore, Stenson, Kuchar and Clark. And “Oh Yeah”keep a seat warm at the Waffle House-Tiger’s in town!
Short Favorite: Matt Kuchar (28 Odds to 1 to Win)
Since he got rid of “Pops” (his over-bearing graving-training Freak Show dad), Kuchar has become a dominant Player. He’s a great guy people love to root for and always plays hard!
Middle of the Road: Henrik Stenson (50 Odds to 1 to Win)
Smart, bullish competitor that always gives 100% (I’m HUGE on effort!). Stenson takes it personally when he has a bogey and is an incredible ball-striker. Too much to like when looking at Stenson; he’s a real thoroughbred and has already won here.
Longshot: Ryan Moore (66 Odds to 1 to Win)
Intense, capable, and and ready to start winning. He has all the tools needed to become a Household name. Waiting on that break-thru winit could be right here. He’s also a hard closer and fired a 67 at Quail Hollow putting on dirt-track greens.
Ryan Moore *Picks to win based on final score after all four rounds. Check out your favorite online betting site for single round matches and a variety of prop bets.
Henrik Stenson vs. Bubba Watson (our pick to win: Henrik Stenson)
Bubba seems more concerned about being an “Ambassador of Golf” instead of winning. Stenson is focused and ready for every tournament. Take Stenson in a cake-walk.
Tim Clark vs. Ian Poulter (our pick to win: Tim Clark)
When Clark gets his Long Putter working “Watch Out!” Ian Poulter can definitely play, but he seems to have fallen in love with his Ryder Cup personaand himself (like McDowell). Clark in the least will always give you 100%. I like him-I always have.