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Adam Scott won The Players 10 years ago (shown here during the 2014 Masters).

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Adam Scott and Brandt Snedeker are earning multiple mentions as our experts pick the favorites in The Players this week in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Defending champion Tiger Woods' absence perhaps is a factor in several names being mentioned, however, from Ben Crane to Henrik Stenson.

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Jim McCabe, senior writer

Favorite: Luke Donald

Don’t forget about: Adam Scott

Keep an eye on: Brandt Snedeker

Sleeper: Martin Flores

Comments: Donald has been T-19, sixth and T-4 here the past three years, was in a tie for second in the past and his strengths play beautifully here. . . . Scott is a former winner; no one is more rested and more prepared when he tees it up. . . . Here’s a hunch that Snedeker starts to kick it into gear. . . . Flores? He’s “trending,” with five top 20s in his past seven starts.

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Alex Miceli, senior writer

Favorite: Jim Furyk

Don't forget about: Phil Mickelson

Keep an eye on: Matt Kuchar

Sleeper: Jeff Maggert

Comments: Did he or didn’t he find a putter? If Jim Furyk did, which is what the 65 was all about Sunday, then TPC Sawgrass is perfect for him. . . . Lefty spent more than an hour on the practice green with Dave Stockton; he clearly isn’t far away, just two decent-putting rounds from winning last week in Charlotte. . . . Kuchar might be the hottest golfer and a former winner, which may or may not be a good combination. . . . Maggert’s last victory was on the Champions Tour a month ago, but he also tied for second here last year; if his flatstick gets hot, Maggert could find himself on the leaderboard again.

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Jeff Rude, senior writer

Favorite: Matt Kuchar

Keep an eye on: Sergio Garcia

Don't forget about: Henrik Stenson

Sleeper: Rickie Fowler

Comments: Kuchar won here two years ago and seems to finish in the top 5 every week these days. . . . Garcia, the 2008 winner, has four top-8 finishes here. Contended for 70 holes last year, but the island 17th did him in. . . . Stenson won here in 2009, tied for fifth last year and is inching toward strong form, what with three top-16 finishes in his past four Tour starts. . . . Rickie Fowler tied for second at Players two years ago and has played well recently (sixth at Houston, T-5 at Masters).

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Adam Schupak, senior writer

Winner: Adam Scott

Don't forget about: Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson

Keep an eye on: Brandt Snedeker, Hideki Matsuyama

Sleepers: Ben Crane, Kevin Na

Adam Scott won here with a short putter in 2004, so why not 10 years later with a long putter? . . . I almost picked Rose as my winner; his game looks sharp again. . . . Stenson, Snedeker and Matsuyama have disappointed so far this season, which could change this week. . . . Crane is a top-10 machine at TPC Sawgrass, and Na has past success here, too.

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The Players field, according to the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index:

  • 1. Adam Scott
  • 2. Matt Kuchar
  • 3. Bubba Watson
  • 6. Sergio Garcia
  • 7. Steve Stricker
  • 8. Zach Johnson
  • 9. Henrik Stenson
  • 10. Hunter Mahan
  • 11. Justin Rose
  • 12. Webb Simpson
  • 13. Jim Furyk
  • 14. Jordan Spieth
  • 15. Harris English
  • 16. Charley Hoffman
  • 17. Phil Mickelson
  • 18. Graham DeLaet
  • 19. Gary Woodland
  • 20. Rory McIlroy
  • 21. Charl Schwartzel
  • 22. J.B. Holmes
  • 23. Bill Haas
  • 24. Hideki Matsuyama
  • 25. Jason Dufner
  • 26. Keegan Bradley
  • 27. Dustin Johnson
  • 28. Jamie Donaldson
  • 29. Lee Westwood
  • 30. Martin Kaymer
  • 31. Thomas Bjorn
  • 32. Ryan Palmer
  • 33. Chris Kirk
  • 35. Charles Howell III
  • 36. K.J. Choi
  • 38. Joost Luiten
  • 39. Luke Donald
  • 40. Ian Poulter
  • 41. Ryan Moore
  • 42. Matt Every
  • 44. Kevin Na
  • 45. Chris Stroud
  • 46. Jimmy Walker
  • 48. Kevin Chappell
  • 49. Russell Knox
  • 50. Francesco Molinari
  • 51. Jerry Kelly
  • 52. Brendon de Jonge
  • 53. John Senden
  • 54. Rickie Fowler
  • 55. Patrick Reed
  • 56. Jason Kokrak
  • 58. Brandt Snedeker
  • 59. Graeme McDowell
  • 60. Matt Jones
  • 61. Justin Leonard
  • 62. Cameron Tringale
  • 65. Stuart Appleby
  • 66. Marc Leishman
  • 67. Thongchai Jaidee
  • 69. Will MacKenzie
  • 70. Daniel Summerhays
  • 71. Jonas Blixt
  • 73. Pat Perez
  • 74. Kevin Streelman
  • 76. Michael Putnam
  • 77. Camilo Villegas
  • 78. Rory Sabbatini
  • 79. George McNeill
  • 80. Freddie Jacobson
  • 81. John Merrick
  • 82. David Hearn
  • 84. Justin Hicks
  • 88. Martin Laird
  • 89. Kevin Stadler
  • 90. Roberto Castro
  • 91. Ernie Els
  • 93. Jason Bohn
  • 96. Martin Flores
  • 97. Boo Weekley
  • 98. Bryce Molder
  • 100. Seung-Yul Noh
  • 101. Stephen Gallacher
  • 103. Louis Oosthuizen
  • 104. Nick Watney
  • 107. Stewart Cink
  • 108. Billy Horschel
  • 109. Erik Compton
  • 111. Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
  • 114. Morgan Hoffmann
  • 115. Jeff Overton
  • 120. Brendan Steele
  • 123. John Huh
  • 125. James Driscoll
  • 126. David Lingmerth
  • 127. Robert Garrigus
  • 128. Andres Romero
  • 130. Carl Pettersson
  • 132. Chesson Hadley
  • 135. Brian Harman
  • 136. Brian Davis
  • 139. Retief Goosen
  • 140. Bo Van Pelt
  • 141. Angel Cabrera
  • 145. Brian Stuard
  • 147. John Peterson
  • 151. William McGirt
  • 152. Josh Teater
  • 154. Luke Guthrie
  • 160. Shawn Stefani
  • 163. Michael Thompson
  • 165. Ken Duke
  • 171. Russell Henley
  • 176. Sang-Moon Bae
  • 178. Brian Gay
  • 179. Richard H. Lee
  • 184. Ben Crane
  • 187. Nicholas Thompson
  • 193. Scott Brown
  • 195. J.J. Henry
  • 198. Geoff Ogilvy
  • 202. Briny Baird
  • 215. Y.E. Yang
  • 223. Charlie Wi
  • 225. Tim Clark
  • 237. Ted Potter, Jr.
  • 240. D.A. Points
  • 241. Greg Chalmers
  • 243. Jeff Maggert
  • 247. Jonathan Byrd
  • 258. Scott Langley
  • 271. Scott Stallings
  • 277. Steven Bowditch
  • 284. James Hahn
  • 314. Kyle Stanley
  • 315. D.H. Lee
  • 328. Mark Wilson
  • 334. Aaron Baddeley
  • 359. John Rollins
  • 389. Charlie Beljan
  • 395. Darren Clarke
  • 430. Woody Austin
  • 481. Johnson Wagner
  • 492. Lucas Glover
  • 552. Derek Ernst
  • N/R. Kenny Perry
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