Jordan Spieth thinks two missed cuts at The Players are a 'fluke'

Sergio Garcia of Spain reacts as he putts on the 12th green during a practice round for The Players Championship golf tournament Wednesday

There's the WGC-Match Play in March and the Masters in April.

Jordan Spieth, the 2015 Masters and US Open victor, predicted Johnson would become a multiple major champion in the near future. Players champions averaged 69.12 in the years they won.

On the eve of his Players Championship title defence, Jason Day has set himself the considerable task of reeling in runaway world No.1 Dustin Johnson in 2017.

McGirt, on the leaderboard for much of the Masters last month, continued his emergence as a player for the big occasion with a five-under-par 67 on a steamy morning at the TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra.

The Players Championship's claim to fame as the "fifth major" is belied each season by its sterling field and the tests the famed Stadium Course asks from that list of the world's best golfers.

"I came close at the PGA (Championship) past year".

He swung that driver, carried those 270 yards and watched his ball burn the edge of the cup for what would have been an elusive par-4 hole-in-one. But the Ranking says he's not the greatest right now two days before the start of The Players. The ones not are Belgium's Thomas Pieters and American Brandt Snedeker, who is injured. Your guess is as good as mine, but there are some players who will arrive here fancying their chances of picking up the winner's cheque come Sunday night. Fowler seemingly couldn't miss, and eventually both Garcia and Kisner missed their putts and Fowler earned his second PGA Tour win of his career. Not only does the victor take home almost $2 million, but he also will receive a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour.

Johnson is the +800 favourite, which make sense and also doesn't.




The 15-time PGA Tour victor won his last three starts prior to his return at the Wells Fargo Championship (Genesis Open, WGC-Mexico Championship, WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play). Each of the last ten winners at TPC Sawgrass has recorded at least one top-20 finish.

Leslie Goldknopf and her family moved to Ponte Vedra Beach a year ago. Other short odds to win are Rory McIlroy (10/1) and Jordan Spieth (12/1). McIlroy hasn't finished worse than 12 the past four years at the Players. Sergio lost in a three-man playoff two years ago to Rickie Fowler (+2000). He's the all-time leading money-winner at the tournament, won in 2008 and was second in 2007 & '15.

No golfer has repeated at THE PLAYERS, and Australian Jason Day is +2200 to become the first. "There's just more guys in the mix".

Thursday 2017 was far different than Thursday 2016, when Day shot an opening-round 63 on his way to a commanding four-shot victory.

What's in the bag should go a long way to help him win more majors, more tournaments and possibly win for the first time at The Players Championship. Hadwin was most recently 72 at the Texas Open and was 39 here in 2016 after missing the cut in his 2015 debut. Dustin Johnson's best finish in eight starts is last year's tie for 28th. But only 19 of 31 have played on the weekend since then and, in May, six of 10 defending champions have either missed the cut, withdrawn or not entered because of injuries.

David Hearn (+41700 & +400) Mackenzie Hughes (+52600 & +550) round out the options. "If he plays well, he can definitely be a guy that's going to be tough to beat this week". In his last three events he placed 36th at The Wells Fargo, 27th at Augusta, and 5th at The Shell. The par-5 16th hole offers players perhaps a final opportunity to post a red number. Finally, we'll look at a number of lineups and strategies for making DraftKings picks for The PLAYERS to allow you to choose.

Sports Interaction has some golf group betting among its props. "I want to think that it's just been kind of a fluke". I'm expecting to play well this week.

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