Golf Rankings for THE PLAYERS Championship
Nick Watney [Yahoo Class C]
Watney is righting the ship with three straight top-15s this season, capped by a T10 last week at Quail Hollow. In 2011, he placed T4 in THE PLAYERS after a T17 in 2010, but struggled last year in the final two rounds of the event to finish T56.
Bo Van Pelt [Yahoo Class C]
The typically consistent Van Pelt struggled for much of the season until a T6 last week at Quail Hollow. BVP has played Sawgrass each of the last eight years, missing five cuts. Yet Van Pelt recorded a top 10 on the other three occasions, including two in the last three years. This looks like another boom or bust for BVP this week.
Jason Day [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #1
Day finished solo third in the Masters and is coming off a T30 at Harbour Town. In between missed cuts at Sawgrass, Day placed T6 in the 2011 edition of THE PLAYERS.
Henrik Stenson [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #4
A missed cut for Stenson at Quail Hollow put an end to three straight finishes of 18th or better for him this season, highlighted by a share of second at Redstone. He won this event back in 2009, but would miss the next two cuts until placing T15 last year.
Dustin Johnson [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #3
Johnson was among the big names to pull out of last week’s event at Quail Hollow. DJ did not play Sawgrass last year and finished a career-best T34 in 2010.
Bubba Watson [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #9
Watson had registered three finishes inside the top 20 over his four starts of the season, but is coming off a missed cut at Quail Hollow. Bubba had played Sawgrass five straight years with three missed cuts until passing on this event last year.
Steve Stricker [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #86
After a pair of runner-up performances earlier in the year, Stricker has placed T38 at Redstone and T20 in the Masters. He finished T12 at Sawgrass in 2011 and T22 in 2009, but missed last year’s cut, halting his impressive run of 49 consecutive cuts made.
Tim Clark [Yahoo Class B]
After a T11 in the Masters, Clark placed T24 the following week at Harbour Town. He’s put up good performances at Sawgrass with a T9 in 2009, a 2010 victory and last year’s T25.
Bill Haas [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #38
A missed cut last week at Quail Hollow snapped a streak of four straight finishes inside the top 25 this season for Haas. Last year, he finished a career-best T25 at Sawgrass, but missed three cuts in a span of four years prior to that.
Brandt Snedeker [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #23
Snedeker teased his was back to form with a T6 in the Masters, but slid to a T59 Harbour Town. He owns a T12 at Sawgrass from 2007, but has missed the cut each of the last three years.
Jimmy Walker [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #18
Walker hasn’t missed any of his 12 cuts this season and has turned 21 in a row dating back to last year. He’s been decent at Sawgrass with a T35 last year and a T26 in 2010.
Zach Johnson [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #33
Johnson has seen his finish improve each of the last four years at Sawgrass after missing the cut in 2008. ZJ placed T22 in 2010, T12 in 2011 and earned a share of second last year. Johnson has made four straight cuts this season, but finished no better than 34th.
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