The Players Championship might be the best non-major event of the year and TPC Sawgrass, home of the infamous island-style 17th hole, is one of the best courses. It also features a total prize pool of $10,000,000 for the golfers, more than some majors.
For fans, the best thing may be DraftKings $100,000 Fantasy golf contest this week. To play, just pick 6 golfers from the field while staying under the $50,000 salary cap. Each player has a salary assigned based on their past performances. The tournament has $100,000 in prizes and an entry fee of just $3, but DraftKings is running a promotion to give any new user a free entry with any first deposit.
To prepare for the tournament, here’s a look at some of the biggest names in the field.
Martin Kaymer ($8,300) – For a defending champion, Kaymer is priced very low — $8,300 and behind 20 others. The German golfer took down The Player Championship last year (along with the US Open in 2014). After a modest showing at The Masters, he’ll be looking to rebound and defend his title.
Tiger Woods ($8,900) – Tiger took down The Players Championship in 2013, one of his last big wins on the tour. He finished a respectable 17th in The Masters (-5) and while he’s not the dominant force he once was, appears to be finally on track to being healthy. He is also the 14th highest priced golfer, so there is some value in selecting him if he makes a run at another win here.
Jordan Speith ($12,800) – A few months ago, Speith may have slid under the radar with the casual fan, but his Masters victory has made him a household name. He also helped win user BrettMarino $1,000,000 in the DraftKings Masters contest. He figures to be a favorite alongside Rory McIlroy for the tournament.
Someone with the username "BrettMarino" won @DraftKings fantasy Masters contest & $1 million. Won more than every golfer but Spieth.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) April 12, 2015
Rory McIlroy ($13,200) – After missing the cut in his first three appearances at Sawgrass and skipping the tournament in 2011 entirely, Rory tied for second place in 2013 and for 6th place in 2014. Now that the 25 year old has both figured out the course and entered his prime, it could be the year he wins TPC.
Phil Mickelson ($9,300) – Phil is a golfer who does not like the 17th hole. He has put a total of 7 balls into the water here and is +14 in his career at the hole. He did finish tied for second in The Masters and last won at Augusta in 2007, when he held off Sean O’Hair, who led for the first three days. O’Hair was still in contention on the 17th hole, but put two in a row in the water trying to catch Mickelson.