Golf Rankings for The Players Championship
Webb Simpson [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #56
After two top-10s in his first three starts, Simpson collected just one such result over the next half dozen events. In fact, Simpson is coming off consecutive top-15s for the first time this season, highlighted by a solo fourth last week at Quail Hollow. While struggling in each of his three career starts at TPC Sawgrass, Simpson is starting to show us the type of game that nearly landed him the FedExCup last year.
Adam Scott [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #7
While Scott has only made four worldwide starts this season in stroke play events, they have all resulted in finishes inside the top 20 with a T8 at the Masters. The Australian missed the cut here last year, but collected three top-10s-- including a win -- in four starts from 2004-07. While Scott hasn’t matched that level of performance in recent years, he’s playing well and shown he’s capable at TPC Sawgrass (even following the redesign for the 2007 season).
Rickie Fowler [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #14
Since missing his first cut of the season Fowler has roared back with a playoff victory last week at Quail Hollow, following a T10 at TPC Louisiana. The 23 year old has missed the cut in each of his two appearances in THE PLAYERS.
Keegan Bradley [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #102
After nine straight finishes inside the top 30, including six top-15s, Bradley has surprisingly missed two straight cuts. During his storybook rookie campaign he finished with a poor solo 72nd in THE PLAYERS prior to winning his first career Tour event. Bradley is good for 12th in birdie average, 13th in scoring average, 16th in total driving and second in All-Around Ranking.
Ernie Els [Yahoo Class C]
Over his last five starts of the season, Els has finished 12th or better on four occasions -- including three top-fives. In his most recent start, Els finished solo second at TPC Louisiana losing in a playoff to Dufner. While the South African has missed two straight cuts in THE PLAYERS, Els is playing some of his best golf in recent memory.
Jim Furyk [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #41
Prior to last week’s T26 at TPC Louisiana, Furyk had compiled four straight finishes of 11th or better. After a T5 in the 2009 edition of THE PLAYERS, Furyk disappointed with a T47 the following season prior to missing the cut last year. While not a bomber, Furyk is extremely accurate off the tee and ranks fifth in scoring average.
Martin Kaymer [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #49
Although Kaymer is among the elite players on the European Tour, his game has not always traveled well stateside. After a respectable T20 at Doral, the German only managed a T44 at the Masters. Outside of the U.S. he’s collected three finishes of 13th or better in four starts. At TPC Sawgrass, Kaymer has shown slow improvement with a T55 in 2009, a T34 in 2010 and a T19 last year.
Nick Watney [Yahoo Class C]
Last week’s T8 is the performance everyone has been waiting for from Watney (scored the most FedExCup points during the 2011 regular season). The time is also perfect for Watney as he finished a career-best T4 in THE PLAYERS last year after a T17 in 2010.
Francesco Molinari [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #31
Dating back to last year, Molinari owns 10 top-20 finishes in his last 11 worldwide starts. The Italian is coming off a victory in the Spanish Open and finished solo ninth at TPC Sawgrass in 2010.
Jason Day [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #1
Despite missing nearly a month of action due to an ankle injury that caused him to withdraw in the second round of the Masters, Day picked up his best finish of the season last week at Quail Hollow with a T9. The Australian missed the cut at TPC Sawgrass in 2010, but scored a T6 in his second career start at the site last year.
Peter Hanson [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #176
Hanson has impressed stateside with top-fives at Doral and Augusta. In his first career start at TPC Sawgrass last year, the Swede recorded a solid T19.
Zach Johnson [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #37
In his last half dozen starts Johnson has notched three finishes inside the top 20 with a solo second at Harbour Town. ZJ has improved in each of his last three starts in THE PLAYERS with T32, T22 and T12 finishes.
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