Fantasy Tip Sheet: The Players Championship

Ben Crane during the second round of the WGC Match Play Championship.

Ben Crane during the second round of the WGC Match Play Championship.

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Rank Winner Wild Card Last Week
Babineau Ben Crane

There are horses for courses, and this guy has been a human ATM at TPC Sawgrass, having finished no worse than sixth his last three visits.

Jonathan Byrd

Great ballstriker who’s been red-hot since autumn. Should be a perfect place for him.

Winner: Rory McIlroy (MC); wild card: Sergio Garcia (T-28)

Rude Luke Donald

Course would seem to suit his game. These days, what course doesn’t?

Jonathan Byrd

He has found something that works. Love his simple swing action. And he’s hot.

Did not play

Martin Luke Donald

How do you pick against a guy that’s finished in the top 10 in six consecutive starts?

Lucas Glover

Last week’s winner finished third at TPC Sawgrass last year.

Winner: Bubba Watson (T-48); wild card: Tommy Gainey (MC).

McCabe Ben Crane

Steady progression each of the last three years – T-6, T-5, T-4 – and he's turned into one of the more consistent ball-strikers on tour.

Carl Pettersson

Strictly hunch time. Played pretty well at Quail Hollow last week and has had a few decent tournaments at Stadium Course.

Winner: Paul Casey (MC); wild card: Tommy Gainey (MC).

Ringler Ben Crane

Not sure there is a best bet, but if you had to pick one why not Ben Crane? His recent form has been as good as any here at TPC Sawgrass. In each of his last three starts at The Players Championship, he has posted T-6, T-5 and T-4.

Matt Jones

In a crazy season of winners, where we have seen the average winner heading into the week ranked 116.8 (Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index), Matt Jones is your guy. Jones is ranked 116th heading into the week.

Winner: Jim Furyk (T-24); wild card: Sergio Garcia (T-28).

Miceli Luke Donald

Length is nothing at Sawgrass; precision, short game and putting wins this week.

Corey Pavin

Way out there, but a great ballstriker. Age nor length will matter.

Winner: Jim Furyk (T-24); wild card: Steve Marino (T-21)

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

  • 1. Luke Donald
  • 2. Matt Kuchar
  • 4. Steve Stricker
  • 5. Tiger Woods
  • 6. Martin Kaymer
  • 8. Stewart Cink
  • 9. Graeme McDowell
  • 10. Nick Watney
  • 11. Jason Day
  • 12. Phil Mickelson
  • 13. J.B. Holmes
  • 14. Charl Schwartzel
  • 15. Paul Casey
  • 16. Bubba Watson
  • 17. Justin Rose
  • 18. David Toms
  • 19. Francesco Molinari
  • 20. Retief Goosen
  • 21. Dustin Johnson
  • 22. Bo Van Pelt
  • 23. Jim Furyk
  • 24. Ryan Moore
  • 25. Ben Crane
  • 26. Brendon de Jonge
  • 27. Scott Verplank
  • 28. Geoff Ogilvy
  • 29. Rickie Fowler
  • 30. Zach Johnson
  • 31. Hunter Mahan
  • 32. Tim Clark
  • 34. Edoardo Molinari
  • 35. Martin Laird
  • 36. Jeff Overton
  • 37. K.J. Choi
  • 38. Charles Howell III
  • 39. Bill Haas
  • 40. Matteo Manassero
  • 42. Kevin Na
  • 43. Ricky Barnes
  • 44. Adam Scott
  • 45. John Senden
  • 46. Brian Gay
  • 47. Charley Hoffman
  • 49. Charlie Wi
  • 50. Ian Poulter
  • 51. Robert Karlsson
  • 52. Aaron Baddeley
  • 53. Robert Allenby
  • 54. Jason Dufner
  • 55. Vijay Singh
  • 56. Brandt Snedeker
  • 59. Ernie Els
  • 60. Pat Perez
  • 61. Ross Fisher
  • 62. Jonathan Byrd
  • 63. Padraig Harrington
  • 66. Peter Hanson
  • 67. Sergio Garcia
  • 68. J.J. Henry
  • 69. Fredrik Jacobson
  • 70. Webb Simpson
  • 71. Rory Sabbatini
  • 72. Spencer Levin
  • 74. Tommy Gainey
  • 77. Marc Leishman
  • 78. Vaughn Taylor
  • 80. Chad Campbell
  • 81. Hunter Haas
  • 82. Camilo Villegas
  • 86. Gary Woodland
  • 87. Steve Marino
  • 88. Carl Pettersson
  • 89. Chris Kirk
  • 94. Louis Oosthuizen
  • 98. Andres Romero
  • 99. Ben Curtis
  • 101. Kevin Streelman
  • 102. D.A. Points
  • 103. Lucas Glover
  • 104. Brendan Steele
  • 105. Ryan Palmer
  • 108. Angel Cabrera
  • 109. Jerry Kelly
  • 114. Robert Garrigus
  • 115. Nick O'Hern
  • 116. Matt Jones
  • 119. Brandt Jobe
  • 120. Justin Leonard
  • 121. Y.E. Yang
  • 122. Brian Davis
  • 125. Jimmy Walker
  • 126. Davis Love III
  • 128. Tim Petrovic
  • 130. Greg Chalmers
  • 135. Heath Slocum
  • 136. Alex Cejka
  • 137. Kenny Perry
  • 141. Stephen Ames
  • 142. Mark Wilson
  • 143. Chris Couch
  • 146. Sean O'Hair
  • 148. Kevin Sutherland
  • 149. Jason Bohn
  • 151. Joe Durant
  • 152. Johnson Wagner
  • 155. Stuart Appleby
  • 158. Arjun Atwal
  • 162. Trevor Immelman
  • 167. Chris Riley
  • 172. Boo Weekley
  • 173. Jhonattan Vegas
  • 174. D.J. Trahan
  • 176. Chris Stroud
  • 180. Blake Adams
  • 183. Keegan Bradley
  • 185. Bryce Molder
  • 187. Troy Matteson
  • 191. Bill Lunde
  • 207. Shaun Micheel
  • 212. Matt Bettencourt
  • 220. Paul Goydos
  • 221. Garrett Willis
  • 225. Dean Wilson
  • 228. Chad Collins
  • 229. Josh Teater
  • 232. Michael Connell
  • 244. John Rollins
  • 252. Henrik Stenson
  • 262. David Duval
  • 276. Michael Bradley
  • 283. Ryuji Imada
  • 295. Alex Prugh
  • 312. Michael Sim
  • 321. Anthony Kim
  • 323. Rocco Mediate
  • 324. Cameron Beckman
  • 326. Kevin Stadler
  • 333. Kris Blanks
  • 414. Troy Merritt
  • 429. J.P. Hayes
  • 506. Jeff Maggert
  • 516. Derek Lamely
  • 716. Alvaro Quiros
  • N/R. Mark O'Meara
  • N/R. Corey Pavin

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