The Players Championship takes place this weekend outside of Jacksonville, Florida. For years the event has been considered golf’s fifth unofficial major. If the golf world decides to have a fifth major like women’s golf currently has, then there is no question this event would be on top of the list.
The Players Championship also has the exciting 17th hole. It is surrounded by water and can be a huge test on days that are particularly windy. Many times throughout history golfers have lost the tournament on this hole.
When selecting golfers in your fantasy pool this week, consider an international flavour. Since 2002, there have been nine players born outside the United States who have won the Players Championship. The players on that list are Craig Perks, Adam Scott, Stephen Ames, Sergio Garcia, Henrik Stenson, Tim Clark, K.J. Choi, Martin Kaymer and Jason Day.
Garcia and Kaymer are solid choices this week. They have played in a combined total of nine events in 2017 and have made the cut each time. Kaymer has been extremely consistent in 2017. He has participated in five events (not including the World Match Play Championships where he finished tied for 17th) and his worst finish was tied for 32nd. Even though he has not yet found the winner’s circle so far this year, he has a fourth, 16th and two 23rd place finishes.
All Garcia has done this year was winning the Masters. There seems to be a calmness and quiet confidence to his game that we have not seen in recent years. Garcia is also set to marry former Golf Channel reporter Angela Akins in July. Since Garcia dated Akins, he has also won the 2016 Byron Nelson Tournament in a playoff over Brooks Koepka and the 2017 Omega Dubai Desert Classic by three strokes over Henrik Stenson of Sweden this past February.
Last week in Charlotte, Brian Harman of Savannah, Georgia, won his second career golf tournament when he won the Wells Fargo Championship by a stroke over Dustin Johnson and Pat Perez. Harman came up huge in the clutch as he sunk a 28 foot putt on the 18th hole to put him at -10. Be reluctant in choosing Harman this week however. Even though he has four top-15 finishes in his last eight starts, he also has had three missed cuts.