Fantasy Aces: The Players Championship

Fantasy Aces: The Players Championship

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Fantasy Aces: The Players Championship

WEEK 17, MATCH 1: Jim McCabe ($3,298,142; 6-9-1) vs. Sean Martin ($5,616,938; 8-7-1)

JIM McCABE

The Players Championship

Site: Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

Courses: TPC Sawgrass – Players Stadium Course (7,215 yards, par 72)

Purse: TBA ($9.5 million in 2009)

Winner’s share: TBA ($1.71 million in 2009)

Best bet: Padraig Harrington. Staying with the Irish theme, since it played so well last week.

Ace up my sleeve: Fredrick Jacobson. For two reasons. One, he was 8-for-8 with cuts made before last week at Quail Hollow. Two, I’ve always wanted to throw my support behind this Swede, so why not now? He’s certainly a sleeper.

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SEAN MARTIN

Best bet: Ian Poulter. The man who two years ago famously said that when he reaches his potential, “it will just be me and Tiger,” will share a tee time with Woods and Hunter Mahan for the first two rounds this week. This is a good opportunity for Poulter, already a winner at the WGC-Match Play this year, to show what he’s capable of.

Ace up my sleeve: Henrik Stenson. Yes, he won last year, but that was preceded by a T-10, T-23 and T-3 at TPC Sawgrass. Stenson hasn’t finished better than 37th in a stroke-play event on the PGA Tour this year, but is coming off consecutive top-25s in Asia.




WEEK 17, MATCH 2: Jeff Babineau ($2,151,948; 6-7-3) vs. Lance Ringler ($3,338,498; 9-6-1)

JEFF BABINEAU

Best bet: Rory McIlroy. Hey, I’m all about the hot guy, and who’s hotter than Rory “62” McIlroy. As long as he run too hard on his 21st birthday on Tuesday . . .

Ace up my sleeve: Rickie Fowler. Hey, I’m all about youth, too. Fowler is on the cusp of breaking into the top 50 in the world and knows with that, he has the keys to play all the biggest events. It’s an awfully nice carrot on a stick, and he’s going to chase it.

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LANCE RINGLER

Best bet: Phil Mickelson. His current form is very good and he has won on this golf course before in 2007.

Ace up my sleeve: Henrik Stenson. No-brainer this week. Stenson, ranked No. 58 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index, has three top 10s at TPC Sawgrass in four starts and is the defending champion

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The Players Championship field based on the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index:

  • 1. Tiger Woods
  • 2. Jim Furyk
  • 3. Phil Mickelson
  • 5. Lee Westwood
  • 6. Camilo Villegas
  • 7. Ernie Els
  • 9. Rory McIlroy
  • 11. Zach Johnson
  • 12. Paul Casey
  • 13. Hunter Mahan
  • 14. Kenny Perry
  • 15. Ian Poulter
  • 16. Matt Kuchar
  • 17. Charl Schwartzel
  • 18. Anthony Kim
  • 19. Ben Crane
  • 20. Sergio Garcia
  • 21. Luke Donald
  • 22. Dustin Johnson
  • 23. Tim Clark
  • 24. Francesco Molinari
  • 25. Nick Watney
  • 26. Stephen Ames
  • 27. Martin Kaymer
  • 28. Kevin Na
  • 29. Thongchai Jaidee
  • 30. Y.E. Yang
  • 31. Mike Weir
  • 33. Robert Allenby
  • 34. Geoff Ogilvy
  • 36. Padraig Harrington
  • 37. Fred Couples
  • 38. Justin Rose
  • 39. K.J. Choi
  • 40. Jason Bohn
  • 41. Kevin Sutherland
  • 42. Vijay Singh
  • 45. Angel Cabrera
  • 46. Graeme McDowell
  • 47. Justin Leonard
  • 48. Jerry Kelly
  • 49. Stewart Cink
  • 50. Ross Fisher
  • 52. David Toms
  • 55. Brandt Snedeker
  • 56. Henrik Stenson
  • 57. John Senden
  • 58. Sean O’Hair
  • 60. Bryce Molder
  • 61. Jason Day
  • 63. Steve Marino
  • 64. Mark Wilson
  • 65. Scott Verplank
  • 66. Oliver Wilson
  • 67. Charles Howell III
  • 68. Marc Leishman
  • 69. Lucas Glover
  • 71. Fredrik Jacobson
  • 72. Brian Gay
  • 73. Greg Chalmers
  • 74. Jason Dufner
  • 76. Bubba Watson
  • 77. J.B. Holmes
  • 78. Rod Pampling
  • 80. J.J. Henry
  • 81. Rickie Fowler
  • 82. Chad Campbell
  • 83. Ricky Barnes
  • 84. Adam Scott
  • 85. Alvaro Quiros
  • 90. Ryan Moore
  • 93. Kevin Streelman
  • 94. Ben Curtis
  • 95. Martin Laird
  • 96. Jonathan Byrd
  • 97. Bill Haas
  • 99. Boo Weekley
  • 106. Bo Van Pelt
  • 107. Heath Slocum
  • 108. D.J. Trahan
  • 113. Nick O’Hern
  • 114. Ryuji Imada
  • 115. John Rollins
  • 119. Michael Letzig
  • 120. Brian Davis
  • 123. Robert Karlsson
  • 125. Davis Love III
  • 127. Michael Allen
  • 132. Spencer Levin
  • 133. Jeff Overton
  • 138. Paul Goydos
  • 140. George McNeill
  • 144. Pat Perez
  • 145. Charley Hoffman
  • 147. J.P. Hayes
  • 149. Andres Romero
  • 152. D.A. Points
  • 156. Brett Quigley
  • 157. Nathan Green
  • 159. Charlie Wi
  • 161. Scott McCarron
  • 164. Woody Austin
  • 167. Richard S. Johnson
  • 169. Bob Estes
  • 172. Vaughn Taylor
  • 173. Aaron Baddeley
  • 175. Greg Owen
  • 177. Alex Prugh
  • 182. Briny Baird
  • 185. Kevin Stadler
  • 188. Derek Lamely
  • 201. Tim Petrovic
  • 202. Jeff Quinney
  • 203. Webb Simpson
  • 205. Alex Cejka
  • 206. Troy Matteson
  • 207. Rory Sabbatini
  • 209. Ted Purdy
  • 212. Daniel Chopra
  • 213. John Merrick
  • 223. Scott Piercy
  • 226. Jimmy Walker
  • 231. Jeff Klauk
  • 235. Kris Blanks
  • 237. Chris Stroud
  • 242. Brendon de Jonge
  • 245. James Driscoll
  • 247. Steve Flesch
  • 254. Matt Bettencourt
  • 257. Harrison Frazar
  • 258. Lee Janzen
  • 260. Mark Calcavecchia
  • 277. James Nitties
  • 278. Trevor Immelman
  • 282. Bill Lunde
  • 285. Mathew Goggin
  • 291. Michael Bradley
  • 306. John Mallinger
  • 312. Ryan Palmer
  • 315. Nicholas Thompson
  • 323. Cameron Beckman
  • 391. Roland Thatcher
  • N/R. Chris Couch
  • N/R. Fred Funk
  • N/R. Jay Haas

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