Fantasy Aces: Players Championship

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JEFF BABINEAU

Best Bet: Henrik Stenson

Has a solid record at TPC Sawgrass’ Players Stadium Course and quietly has amassed five top-5s around the globe since November, so he’s not far away from landing a big one. He just has to keep his clothes on.

Ace Up My Sleeve: Stephen Ames

Trying out my ‘horses for courses’ theory. Since the 2002 Players, Ames has finished out of the top 20 in this event only twice (both missed cuts) and won it in 2006, running away by six shots. He hits it straight and has a good sense of humor, something a player needs when the winds kick up and the greens start to get crusty on this bruising track. Plus, teacher Sean Foley (Sean O’Hair) is coming off a win at Quail Hollow. Maybe something will rub off.

Last Week's Best Bet: Tiger Woods (4th)

Last Week's Ace: Rory Sabbatini (MC)

Standing: 1st

JIM MCCABE

Best Bet: Ian Poulter

You think it was fun organizing that “Dress Sergio” promotion in light of his win last year? Well, consider the possibilities next year if the colorful Englishman wins. It would no doubt be built around which color shoes he should wear, but it would be filled with colors, that’s for sure.

Ace Up My Sleeve: Jonathan Byrd

OK, we’re digging deep here, down to No. 102 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, but Byrd played superbly all four days at Quail Hollow, which was set up similarly to what players will see at the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. Riding five straight made cuts in which he’s been in the top 15 four times.

Last Week's Best Bet: Tiger Woods (4th)

Last Week's Ace: Vijay Singh (MC)/p>

Standing: 2nd

SEAN MARTIN

Best Bet: Sean O’Hair

TPC Sawgrass isn’t a long layout, but it demands that players control their ball around the ol' swamp. O’Hair excels in that area, as evidenced at Wachovia and over the first three rounds at Bay Hill. Plus, he almost won here in ‘07.

Ace Up My Sleeve: Tim Petrovic

His tie for fifth last week at Wachovia was his third consecutive top-11 finish – T-8 at Heritage, T-11 in New Orleans and T-5 at Quail Hollow. Throw in a tie for 15th at last year’s Players, and Petrovic seems poised for a big finish.

Last Week's Best Bet: David Toms (T-18)

Last Week's Ace: Trevor Immelman (T-65)

Standing: 3rd

ERIC SODERSTROM

Best Bet: Tiger Woods

Considering Woods’ recent history at TPC Sawgrass, I understand why you might think this is a bad pick. But to win fantasy leagues, sometimes you have to take some chances, and I’m banking on the fact most of my opponents wil look past Tiger this week – and also that his worst finish of the year in a stroke play event is T-9 at Doral.

Ace Up My Sleeve: Boo Weekley

Boo is 2-for-2 in cutmaking at the Players, and has three top-13s in his last three starts. It’s always a bet here hoping Boo will get the putter going, but that’s the one I’m taking this week.

Last Week's Best Bet: Phil Mickelson (T-5)

Last Week's Ace: Todd Hamilton (MC)

Standing: 5th

LANCE RINGLER

Best Bet: Phil Mickelson

We will continue to save Tiger Woods for the last seven events in order to back into the Fantasy Aces title! I do like Sergio to snap out of his streak this week, but his current form of two missed weekends in a row can’t allow me to pencil him in as the victor. This week look for Phil Mickelson to charge hard and when his second title in three years at The Players Championship.

Ace Up My Sleeve: Boo Weekley

Boo Weekley has two starts at Sawgrass with two made cuts and look for him to continue playing well. Weekley’s current form (three consecutive top-20s) leads me to believe he is ready to post another top-20 this week.

Last Week's Best Bet: Geoff Ogilvy (T-32)

Last Week's Ace: Charles Howell III (MC)

Standing: 7th

JEFF RUDE

Best Bet: Kenny Perry

Provided Masters hangover is gone, he makes sense here. Still in great form, and played well at TPC Sawgrass last year until last day.

Ace Up My Sleeve: Rory Sabbatini

Got his groove back.

Last Week's Best Bet: Jim Furyk (T-11)

Last Week's Ace: Rory Sabbatini (MC)

Standing: 6th

ALEX MICELI

Best Bet: Phil Mickelson

Ace Up My Sleeve: Mark Wilson

Last Week's Best Bet: Phil Mickelson (T-5)

Last Week's Ace: Charles Howell III (MC)

Standing: 4th

Field based on Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index:

1. Sergio Garcia

2. Luke Donald

3. Robert Karlsson

4. Phil Mickelson

5. Kenny Perry

6. Robert Allenby

7. Anthony Kim

8. Jim Furyk

9. Paul Casey

10. Ben Curtis

11. Camilo Villegas

12. Geoff Ogilvy

13. David Toms

15. Ross Fisher

16. Steve Stricker

17. Mike Weir

18. Hunter Mahan

19. Briny Baird

20. Ian Poulter

21. Justin Leonard

22. Kevin Sutherland

23. Tim Clark

24. Sean O’Hair

25. Ernie Els

26. Nick Watney

27. Henrik Stenson

28. Pat Perez

29. Rocco Mediate

31. Martin Kaymer

32. Davis Love III

34. Retief Goosen

35. Chad Campbell

36. Brian Gay

37. Scott Verplank

38. Aaron Baddeley

39. Charlie Wi

40. Padraig Harrington

41. Bob Estes

42. Lucas Glover

43. Charley Hoffman

44. Steve Marino

46. Zach Johnson

47. Stewart Cink

48. Ken Duke

49. Woody Austin

50. Kevin Streelman

51. Rory McIlroy

52. Jeev M. Singh

53. Mark Wilson

54. Stuart Appleby

56. Graeme McDowell

57. Nick O’Hern

60. Boo Weekley

61. Kevin Na

62. Trevor Immelman

63. D.J. Trahan

64. Rory Sabbatini

66. Thongchai Jaidee

67. Angel Cabrera

70. Stephen Ames

72. Oliver Wilson

73. Bart Bryant

74. Ben Crane

75. Carl Pettersson

76. Charles Howell III

77. Dean Wilson

79. Justin Rose

82. Ryuji Imada

84. Joe Ogilvie

85. Michael Allen

86. John Merrick

88. Mathew Goggin

89. Bubba Watson

90. Andres Romero

91. Brett Quigley

92. Soren Kjeldsen

93. Bo Van Pelt

94. Brian Davis

95. Vijay Singh

96. Jeff Overton

97. Heath Slocum

101. Bill Haas

102. Jonathan Byrd

104. John Senden

105. Tim Herron

106. Tom Pernice, Jr.

108. Dustin Johnson

109. Rod Pampling

111. K.J. Choi

112. Fred Couples

113. John Mallinger

115. Fredrik Jacobson

116. John Rollins

117. Michael Letzig

121. Steve Elkington

126. J.B. Holmes

128. Jerry Kelly

132. Dudley Hart

133. Vaughn Taylor

134. Jason Dufner

135. Matt Kuchar

140. Paul Goydos

145. Jeff Klauk

146. Tommy Armour III

149. Todd Hamilton

150. J.J. Henry

153. Adam Scott

158. Corey Pavin

160. Steve Flesch

161. Ryan Palmer

167. Scott Piercy

169. Cameron Beckman

177. Tim Wilkinson

192. Scott McCarron

199. Tim Petrovic

206. Johnson Wagner

209. Chez Reavie

213. Richard S. Johnson

214. Ryan Moore

215. Steve Lowery

219. Billy Mayfair

220. Troy Matteson

234. Y.E. Yang

244. Will MacKenzie

252. Jason Bohn

252. Daniel Chopra

257. Parker McLachlin

258. Peter Lonard

259. Martin Laird

260. Matt Bettencourt

263. Eric Axley

270. Nicholas Thompson

279. Alex Cejka

281. Nathan Green

293. Brad Adamonis

305. Michael Campbell

312. Cliff Kresge

331. Jeff Quinney

342. Michael Bradley

351. Marc Turnesa

418. Greg Kraft

651. George McNeill

N/R. Fred Funk

N/R. D.A. Weibring

N/R. Tiger Woods

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