Expert Picks for THE PLAYERS Championship
Bill Haas [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #43
Haas has been so strong this season, we feel it necessary to mention his name in any top 30 we formulate (though his history at this particular event is rather shallow and we wonder if he's capable of hanging with the big boys). We know he has the game, but the risk may pull you away.
Aaron Baddeley [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #139
Like Haas, we review the work done through 2011 and find Baddeley to be rather tempting, especially on a course that can favor long hitters. He is on the rebound and working back toward the game's top tier. If he can get in the mix at Sawgrass, we'll be driving that bandwagon.
Steve Stricker [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #103
Our faith in Stricker is not only shaken, but it may be ruined. The guy has been well off the mark through most of this season without a reasonable finish (compared to his value) since March. Throw in his lack of positive history at the TPC Sawgrass and we'll take a pass… but he needs to be in the top 30 for the week.
Graeme McDowell [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #87
McDowell has given us brief-yet-powerful flashes of his potential, and with a respectable showing at this same event last season, there is reason to believe he could push into the fight for a top spot on the final leaderboard. He's not on par with those in the top 20, but he's on the radar.
Lucas Glover [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #171
Not only is Glover coming off a win at the Wells Fargo Championship, but he's getting a TPC Sawgrass course that has served him well over recent seasons. He's a long-time grinder on the Tour, but recent seasons have brought him up in rank, and this week he certainly seems like a top prospect.
Charl Schwartzel [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #26
Schwartzel comes off The Masters win with a lack of history at THE PLAYERS and a somewhat questionable resume on the Tour overall. However, he is clearly dedicated to making a life on the Tour and he seems to enjoy playing against the game's elite, and thus he deserves your consideration.
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