Fantasy Golf Picks — 2019 PLAYERS Championship Picks, Rankings, Sleepers, Preview

2019 PLAYERS Championship Picks, Rankings, Sleepers, Preview

Pat Mayo and Geoff Fienberg preview the course and run through the odds while making their 2019 PLAYERS Championship Picks. The guys give their fantasy golf picks and provide their one and done strategy for the event from TPC Sawgrass

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2019 PLAYERS Championship: Show Index

0:22 Giveaways
11:21 API Recap
17:56 Day WD/PGA Injuries
29:26 Course
35:44 Field/Stats
37:25 Tiger Woods
40:01 Favorites
46:11 Middle Tier
1:04:56 Longshots
1:22:01 Quick Picks
1:26:46 One and Done

2019 PLAYERS Championship Field

144 Players | Top 70 & Ties Make the Cut
First Tee Time: 7:10 a.m. ET; Thursday, March 14
Defending Champion: Webb Simpson

The field is stacked for golf’s fifth Major. Much more so than the field at golf’s 32nd Major, the Valero Texas Open, in a few weeks. I’m sorry The PLAYERS Championship, just because you spell your event in ALL CAPS doesn’t make you a Major. This is the same ploy I use on Twitter to get that blue check mark. To quote the benevolent Captain Jean-Luc Picard, this tactic doesn’t simply, “make it so.”

If there are only four Majors, you cannot be the fifth. Just to showcase my commitment to this research, I used a calculator for that answer and everything. Trust me, the math checks out. I have no issues with the event itself; I just hate the oversell. From the touting of the “largest purse in golf” to the dye put in the lakes to make it more palatable for 4K broadcasts, I just wish it’d own up to what it is, the best all-star game in sports.

Don’t believe me? Just look at the field. Every meaningful player in the world will be in Ponte Vedra Beach this week. Well, maybe not EVERY single player.

Tiger Woods pulled out of Bay Hill a week ago with a neck injury. He’s planning on playing The PLAYERS, but there remains a chance he’ll have to pull out. Talor Gooch also withdrew from the Arnold Palmer Invitational with a wrist injury. Because he’s THE GOOCH, no one has inquired about his status. Phil Mickelson is healthy, but he might just skip the event because he hates the course. Phil is committed to the field, but made comments following Riviera about maybe skipping the event, now, he’s waiting until seeing the conditions Monday afternoon before deciding if he’ll remain in the field. Check back during the week, as I’ll update the column once there’s news on each.

Kevin Chappell, James Hahn, Jamie Lovemark, William McGirt and Sean O’Hair are all eligible to play this week, but cannot because of injury. They’re officially out. Pat Perez injured his Achilles Monday, and has withdrawn. Whee Kim has also pulled out.

Then there’s Jason Day.

I, along with a host of others, backed the Aussie to win at Bay Hill this past week. That selection… not a success. Day withdrew after six holes because of a back injury. I’ve been doing this long enough to have some experience with players you’ve heavily invested in withdrawing without warning and watching your cash experience the Coriolis Effect around the toilet.

Others? They didn’t handle it with the zen-like temperament of an experienced loser. I get it, DraftKings lineups were blown up, betting slips evaporated; overall, money was lost. No one enjoys that. I sure didn’t.

What followed, however, were complaints and demands not often associated with golf. Daily fantasy gamers and those who are fortunate enough to live in states where sports gaming is legal had some thoughts on how golf injury reporting should be done. I understand the frustration, and knowing Day had gone for an MRI on his back Monday would have been pertinent information to have before committing money anywhere, but we really got hit with the perfect confluence of circumstances leading to this outrage.

First, Day was hyped by know-nothings like myself to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational, which led to him drawing considerable action in the betting markets, along with being owned by one-fifth of participants in DraftKings’ largest contest for the week. People were invested in Day’s success. A lot of them. Secondly, since the injury was to Jason Day, a player who, not only has a history for early week illnesses and injuries, but a history of shrugging it off and going on to win those weeks, the matter seemingly was brushed aside by on-location reporters. So we were in the dark.

That fault falls on those who are supposed to be reporting this information. It’s not even laziness; it’s complacency. And, with more and more people countrywide getting involved in sports betting and daily fantasy by the day, the anger quotient on this sort of information never has been more magnified.

The larger issue comes with the usefulness of this information, though. If everything was available, would you truly want it?

We are accustomed to receiving injury information for all team sports; a completely different story than golf injuries. In football, an injury report gives us insight to who might or might not be playing or close to full health by kickoff. Why is this done? Gambling, and now fantasy sports. There’s really no other logical reason for a team to report that kind of information to the public. The single player is only one part of the equation in football, however, ditto for basketball.

There’s also the ripple effect for the team behind the player if they sit. In basketball, if the starting three sits, where do his minutes go? Will the opposition play a bigger lineup to adjust to the injury? How does that open up value in your DraftKings lineups or the prop betting board for the night? In football, if a running back sits, you need to adjust your rosters and bets for the backup running back, or decide if there’s a potential spilt. If a starting corner is a scratch, you need to ponder how that will affect the coverage schemes and the defense’s alignments as it pertains to limiting wide receivers. Similar decisions pile on top of each other when lineups are announced in baseball and soccer.

The difference is, those are all team sports where a player injury greatly can impact a large portion of the roster for both teams. And, under contract, they’re all supposed to play. Golfers don’t have to. Golfers have the luxury of picking their own schedule and getting paid by the events they choose to attend. Golfers aren’t putting teammates at risk. There’s no union. There’s no CBA to enforce this. It’s all about them. So, where is the incentive to actually report injuries to begin with? There is none.

That’s why a useful injury report simply is never going to happen. Also, it shouldn’t happen: What the hell are we supposed to do with said information exactly? If I had told you Wednesday evening that Day was dealing with a back injury but was in no danger of missing his tee time Thursday morning, which is what happened: Would you have not bet him or used him in a DraftKings lineup? Maybe. Maybe not. Everyone bailed on Tony Finau at The Masters last year after watching him dislocate his ankle during the Par 3 contest. Tony not only played, but finished inside the Top 5. If that was the last lingering memory of a golf injury in your mind, you probably still would have went with Day as to avoid that situation again. Who’s to say that if this was the US Open, not the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Day wouldn’t have toughed it out? We don’t know. We can’t know. The player himself probably doesn’t know. So, how can we expect to parse that info from an injury report? We’d all end up like the face-melting Nazi from Raiders (you know, the guy from the GIF) attempting to draw conclusions to questions which have no answers.

Since these types of injuries occur maybe three or four times a season in golf — legitimate injuries — what happens when we now have 35 guys on an injury report every week? “Luke List says he slept on his wrist funny.” “Jordan Spieth feels a pain in his foot.” “Eddie Pepperell is hung over.” There’s enough noise to filter in golf prognostication as is; imagine having to be concerned with that nonsense. It’s not worth the time. And, if the TOUR somehow enforces a rule where players must report injuries, we’re going to end up with a Bill Belichick approach where guys just list some phony injury every week in case something happens so they don’t get fined.

Some have said we should know which players have withdrawn from the Pro-Am that week. I can get behind that, that’s information the public should have easy access to. Just know, players can WD from a certain amount of Pro-Ams every year at no penalty, with excuses ranging from “I can’t walk” to “I felt like sleeping in” to “My partner and I have decided to engage in insider trading instead.”

Each player has a different threshold for pain, so predicting whether someone will play or not is almost impossible. As does gauging his ability to perform. Each player has different incentive to play, too. If you’re Jason Day, and you’ve made more than $44M in career earnings, you might just say, screw it, the money’s not important. But, if there’s a guy scrambling to get his full PGA Tour card, maybe that guy plays with the pain. No one is in a position to judge that. Be careful what you wish for on that front.

Here’s what didn’t help: Day was getting spotted the next day at Disney World with his kids yucking it up. I don’t care what he does once he’s not playing; what he supposed to do, sit in a cryogenic chamber until he feels good enough to complete? I understand the optics weren’t great, but standing in lines with his children and swinging a golf club at maximum force as to compete with the best in the world are not remotely similar. Quit whining.

Kevin Kisner also added some fire to the situation by stating: “It’s nobody’s business. I mean, are we out here to gamble, or are we out here to play golf? I don’t really give a s*** about the DFS guys. You should have picked someone else. If he had shot 65 and he had a hurt back, those guys wouldn’t have said anything.”

Now there’s a take. It’s funny, because Kisner is secretly one of the few TOUR players who’s been very supportive of the daily fantasy content community over the years. But his statement gets to the core of what I’m talking about. If Day is fine and does well, no one cares. But since something did happen, complete overhaul is needed. I don’t have THEE answer to this conundrum, but I’m thinking somewhere in between, probably closer to Kisner’s statement is likely the optimal solution.

Golf doesn’t need DFS or gambling to maintain its bottom line. It was making millions before Draftkings came along. It does need the attention and interaction from this specific group to grow the game, though.

Where do you think the rise in golf ratings and interest from people under 40 is coming from? The first tee program? The new unfound popularity of those expensive country clubs millennials are always being able to afford? Those amazing new rules? Give me a break. Golf betting, and since that’s so new, it’s really been DraftKings embracing golf that has opened up a brand new, lucrative vertical for golf. One golf not only didn’t see coming, but one it still doesn’t fully understand or know how to cater to.

More on-the-ground, actual reporting would be great; throw the information into the universe and do with it what you please. People want to know, and it’s information that should be shared. Frankly, if there are reporters at the course and they aren’t reporting this kind of information, what exactly are they doing there? I have an app that tells me everyone’s scores, and I have my own guesses to the answer of the press conference question, “Tiger, were you really feeling it out there?” after he shoots -8. If traditional golf reporters aren’t more diligent and refuse to adapt to the changing need for a certain type of information, those olds eventually will get shoved aside for a group of youngs who have no problem doing more in-depth work and communicating it to a larger audience quickly. For less money, too!

Eventually, the broadcast will be more user-friendly and we’ll get the information we demand, but until then, simmer down a touch and don’t act like a golfer pulling out of an event is the end of times. Tweeting things at Day like you’re going to kill his kids because you lost $25 only will work against the desired result. Shocking, I know. If you’re that devastated over $25, there’s no way you should have been wagering it or making a DraftKings lineup with it to begin with.

Seek help.

As of now, Day (back) is questionable for The PLAYERS Championship. Probably.

2019 PLAYERS Championship Key Stats

Strokes Gained: Approach
Par 4s Gained
Strokes Gained: Around The Green
Opportunities Gained

Mayo’s Custom Stat POWER RANKINGS from

2019 PLAYERS Championship Course

TPC Sawgrass
Yardage: 7,189
Par: 72
Greens: Bermuda
Rank: 29/51 in 2018 Difficulty (-0.592)
Par 5 Eagles in 2018: 53

2019 PLAYERS Championship Notes

Obviously, Hole 17 immediately leaps to mind when thinking of TPC Sawgrass, but it’s really not that interesting of a hole. Just don’t hit it in the water and you’re fine. Last year, only 54 players found the aqua on No. 17, only nine over the weekend. When the wind is down, like it was in Rounds 3 and 4 in 2018, professional players are going to carve up this hole. No. 17 really speaks to the gimmicky nature of The PLAYERS. For a strictly “made for TV” event, where NBC wants drama on the closing holes, having to rely on wind gusts to push balls in the water isn’t exactly the most bankable route.

Ditto for the weird No. 12. In 2017, Hole 12 was changed completely. Once a short dog-leg left, No. 12 was reimagined as a risk/reward, drivable Par 4 playing as short as 285 yards some days and as long as 320 yards on others. Even at its max distance, every player in the field had the ability to reach the green off the tee if they decided to go for it. With water lurking just eight yards from the left edge of the putting surface, the idea was to create massive leaderboard swings. It didn’t. That year, everyone decided to eliminate the risk, and we’re treated to a lot of reward anyway. In its first year under championship conditions, No. 12 played as the fourth easiest hole on the course (-0.173), generating just a pair of eagles against three double bogeys. Some of the field actually went at the green using irons off the tee, knowing an eagle was probably not happening and settling for a simple birdie. On the Sunday in 2017, only two players hit the green — Sergio Garcia and Tyrrell Hatton. It was basically a longish Par 3, where the field merely could hit it up close, chip on, and make an easy birdie.

After the players (not to be confused with The PLAYERS) gave their feedback, and almost unanimously agreed the hole was stupid, No. 12 was adjusted again. In 2018, changes were made to entice the field to actually attack the green off the tee: The fairway bunker was extended towards the hole, the left edge of the green was raised so tee shots didn’t just feed into the water with ease, and they increased the rough length in that area, too, so good shots weren’t rewarded with an impromptu ball wash. Did the changes work? To a degree. Last year, No. 12 still played as the fourth easiest hole — 11 eagles, 187 birdies, 35 bogeys, 4 double bogeys. While there were more scores on each end of the spectrum, the “risk” element never really materialized, as evidenced by the field’s choice of clubs off the tee in the final round — 25 drivers (-12), 34 fairway woods (-14), 12 irons (-6). Almost any way you attacked the hole, it resulted in a positive outcome.

Now, since this tournament is made for TV, the coverage between NBC and the NBC-owned Golf Channel is some of the best TV coverage of the year. And while the layout is odd, amazing coverage makes it one of the more fun events to watch all season. As does the closing hole. No. 18 is where the real drama rests.

It’s a true example of how Pete Dye can mess with the mind. With water lining the entire hole from tee to green down the left side, the drive must land on the slim fairway without running through to the other side. Too far left or too long and it’s bogey (or worse) time. Couple that with the final-hole jitters, and no one is safe. Last year it was the second most difficult hole on the scorecard, generating 122 bogeys (or worse) against just 49 birdies. It played as the hardest hole and second toughest of any hole on TOUR in 2017.

All Pete Dye Courses on the PGA TOUR
TPC Sawgrass (The Players Championship)
Harbour Town Links (RBC Heritage)
TPC River Highlands (Travelers Championship)
TPC Louisiana (Zurich Classic)
Austin Country Club (2016/2017/2018 Match Play)
TPC Stadium Course at La Quinta (2016/2017/2018 Careerbuilder)
Crooked Stick (2012/2016 BMW Championship)
Whistling Straits (2015, 2010, 2005 PGA Championship)
Kiawah Island (2012 PGA Championship)

Sawgrass sports the tiny greens we’ve come to expect at Dye designs, along with the trademark emphasis on strategy all over the course — knowing you don’t need to hit driver everywhere, understanding a miss short is an easy par while a miss long could lead to a double bogey — and bizarre sight lines to distract the players. There’s enough visual intimidation to get the nerves going for almost anyone.

Historically, the Bermuda putting surfaces have been firm and fast along with danger biding its time to pounce just off every fairway. Ball striking had always been king at The PLAYERS with an emphasis on accuracy over distance really played out at the top of the leaderboard. Until Webb Simpson’s runaway win last season.

Webb was tops in the field in driving accuracy and last in driving distance. He gained almost two more strokes putting than anyone else in the field, and won while losing strokes on approach…

Strokes Gained: Approach by The PLAYERS winner
2018: Simpson -0.7 (92nd)
2017 Si WOOOOO +4.1 (16th)
2016: Day +5.6 (9th)
2015: Fowler +6.3 (3rd)
2014: Kaymer +6.0 (4th)
2013: Woods +8.0 (2nd)
2012: Kuchar +4.8 (5th)

That’s an outrageous outlier, not just for Sawgrass, but at any course. Since 2012, SG: APP has been 2.6x as impactful on finishers inside the Top 10 than SG: Off The Tee, and 2.4x as meaningful as SG: Around the Green. The tighter we make the sample on the leaderboard (Top 5 and just winners), the impact of SG: OTT gets a slight bump upwards, while SG: ATG sees a more significant impact.

With the putting surfaces being some of the smallest on TOUR, short game will come into play. While the course could be set up differently in 2019, looking back at last year’s leaderboard, only three players inside the Top 25 finished with negative Strokes Gained: Around The Green.

Combine everything together and you still have 88 bunkers and 17 water hazards to contend with, along with the move to mid-March from Mother’s Day. The PLAYERS had been contested in March as a lead-in to The Masters until 2006, when it took over the mid-May position on the schedule. Now bumped back to the first-third of the PGA year, the course inevitably will play differently. For one, it certainly will be colder. The speed and firmness of the greens could be affected, too. It’s one of those awful situations where we’re not going to know until after picks and lineups are submitted. Especially since there’s been a lot of rain in the area, softening the conditions, which means it might just be an outlier regardless of time of year. Looking back at scoring averages from pre-2007 against the past 12 years, the colder March events played slightly more difficult — 73.40 to 72.48 — but that could be for many reasons. Maybe the overall strength of the field is better now than then, or maybe the alterations for the venue each year made it slightly easier. You can attempt to draw conclusions, but it’s all guesswork. There are simply a slew of unknowns.

However, if you do think this changes the course to a large extent, you might want to toss a lot of course history out the window, if you haven’t already. With the weather this time of year, combined with the temperature, glancing the Honda Classic leaderboard (a similar course in distance and grass type) from two weeks ago might lead you down a better path. Or not. We don’t know. The only two players in the field who’ve won this event while it was contested in March are Tiger Woods (2001) and Adam Scott (2004).

Of all the competitors this year, 24 of them have experience with a PLAYERS contested in March: Tiger, Scott, Matt Kuchar, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Sergio Garcia, Pat Perez, Ian Poulter, Justin Rose, Charles Howell III, Zach Johnson, Henrik Stenson, Paul Casey, Lucas Glover, J.B. Holmes, Aaron Baddeley,, Alex Cejka, Stewart Cink, Brian Gay, Kevin Na, Ryan Palmer, Rory Sabbatini, Adam Scott, Vijay Singh and Vaughn Taylor.

On the flip side, there are 21 first-time participants in the field. Euros Matt Wallace, Eddie Pepperell and Lucas Bjerregaard, along with PGA Tour regulars Abraham Ancer, Bronson Burgoon, Cameron Champ, Corey Conners, Joel Dahmen, Tyler Duncan, Talor Gooch, Sungjae Im, Adam Long, Denny McCarthy, J.T. Poston, Seamus Power, Andrew Putnam, Sam Ryder, Sam Saunders, Martin Trainer, Peter Uihlein and Aaron Wise.

Along with No. 12, all four Par 5s can produce eagles. The 65 total eagles were most ever at The PLAYERS and third most of any event in 2018. Only the Sony Open and Canadian Open generated more (75 each). The 24 eagles in Round 2 were the most in any single round in event history, topping the 23 posted by the field in Round 1.

Adam Scott has more rounds in the 60s at TPC Sawgrass than any other player in the field (21). The all-time event record is held by Davis Love III and Nick Price.

Scott also leads all players in SG: Total over the past five years at The PLAYERS (+33.00), he’s followed by Francesco Molinari (+28.29), Rory McIlroy (+28.18), Sergio Garcia (+24.92) and Chris Kirk (+24.10). Harris English, Scott Stallings, Patton Kizzire, Kevin Streelman and Scott Piercy have lost the most strokes over that period.

Scott, Harold Varner III, Justin Thomas, Ian Poulter, Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia, Si WOOOOOO Kim, Vijay Singh, Alex Cejka, Branden Grace and Zach Johnson all have played The PLAYERS at least three times over the past five seasons without missing a cut. Tommy Fleetwood, Alex Noren, Patrick Cantlay, Jon Rahm and Grayson Murray are a perfect 2/2.

Conversely, Harris English, Patrick Rodgers, Anirban Lahiri, Vaughn Taylor, Danny Willett and Michael Thompson haven’t seen a weekend over that same stretch. Luke List and Cameron Smith can join that group if they miss their third straight cut at Sawgrass.

In the final two rounds last year, Tiger played holes 1-12 at -14 and holes 13-18 at +4.

Kyle Stanley birdied No. 17 all four rounds during THE PLAYERS Championship 2017, becoming just the second player to accomplish this feat. The other was new NBC color-man Paul Azinger in 1987.

Adam Scott has the most birdies on No. 17 since 2003 with 15. Martin Kaymer and Sergio Garcia sport the second most with 13.

Aaron Baddeley has hit 13 balls into the water at No. 17, the most by any player since 2003. Bob Tway and Phil Mickelson are T2 with nine each.

No player has ever won consecutive PLAYERS Championships.

2019 PLAYERS Championship Picks — Targets From Each Range

Sergio Garcia ($9,100)

Sergio’s a former champion at Sawgrass, with another few top-end finishes, but that’s not the draw this week. It’s his form and ball striking entering the 2019 PLAYERS Championship. It’s eerily similar to his lead up at the 2018 Masters. Since last September, Sergio’s played 11 events worldwide. He has a Top 10 in nine of them. The only two blemishes were his DQ in Saudi Arabia, when he went full Happy Gilmore with the club-smashing, and two weeks later at Riviera, where he came T37. A week where he absolutely was dialed in with his irons, the rest of his game just couldn’t catch up. In his three US starts in 2019, those irons have been elite, improving in each subsequent event, for 6.67 SG: APP per start, finishing inside the top Top 10 each week in that category. His entire game just hasn’t cooperated all at one time — yet. Returning to a happy location, Sergio shouldn’t be impacted by the cooler conditions and has his game peaking at exactly the right moment. If he can knock down a few 8-footers, he’ll be a two-time PLAYERS champ.

Paul Casey ($7,900)

Like Sergio, if Casey can putt, at least reasonably, he’s live at Sawgrass. With Top 3 finishes in two of his past three starts, the Brit rates out almost as well across the board as any player in the field, not just in his range. Over the past 24 rounds, Casey’s Top 20 in this field in SG: APP, SG: BS, Eagles Gained, Par 4s Gained, Par 5s gained and fairways gained. That’s not a sudden blip, either; when you sort by the past 100 rounds against this field, he still rates out Top 10 in SG: APP, SG: BS, Eagles Gained, Par 4s 450-500 yards Gained, Par 5s gained. He skipped last year’s PLAYERS but posted two Top 25 finishes in the two years prior.

Ian Poulter ($7,600)

Something about the Brits and potential cold conditions. I like them. Poulter’s recent climb back up the world rankings actually began at Sawgrass two years ago, when he gained enough FedEx Cup points with his second-place finish to lock down his TOUR Card, which was about to expire. Since, he won on TOUR for the first time since 2012, got himself back on the Ryder Cup team and vaulted to No. 31 in the world rankings. And he enters with form for days. In seven 2019 starts worldwide, he’s yet to finish worse than T33 (Sony Open) and has piled up four Top 6 finishes in his past five starts. The shorter course plays to his strengths — he’s made the weekend five straight times at Sawgrass, including T11/2nd results the past two years — and has a solid track record at other short, wind-infused tracks on TOUR like Harbour Town, Colonial and PGA National.

Byeong-Hun An ($6,800) & Sungjae Im ($6,800)

One of these Koreans is going to bolster my lineups, the other is going to sink them. I wish I knew which was which this week. While the mainstream golf media never talks about it, Ben An is one of the world’s best ball strikers. We’re not talking compared to the $6,000 range on DraftKings this week, against anyone. He also possesses one of the world’s best short games. The guy just can’t putt. He’s horrendous. Fortunately, putting is fickle, and even the worst of putters can get it rolling for one isolated event. Like with Sergio and Casey, he doesn’t need to be the best in the field on the greens, just slightly above average for four rounds.

Im’s just been lingering around leaderboards all year. There’s always the worry he’ll underperform in his first trip to Sawgrass, but at a short course with tiny greens is where I have the most faith in his game. Tee to green, he’s been one of the most consistent players on TOUR this season. He’s gained off the tee, primarily through accuracy, in 12 of his 13 career starts. Im’s gained strokes on approach in six of his past seven events, gaining an average of +4.65 SG: APP the past two weeks. And he’s gained around the greens in five straight starts. He’s rarely going to be the best in any one category during the week, but is so solid everywhere, he rarely will do something to take himself out of contention.

Other notable names appearing near the top of stat models and the win simulator at Justin Thomas, Tiger Woods, Gary Woodland, Xander Schauffele, Jim Furyk, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Lucas Glover, Patrick Cantlay

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