The Players Championship analysis and predictions

Still on the high of scoring pretty big with last week’s Kentucky Derby/Oaks weekend. Meanwhile, golf in immediate focus as the big unofficial major, the PLAYERS Championship, is just underway at Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. 

My top 4 golfers to watch for the moment who are playing this week are:

BRANDT SNEDEKER : Making 6th appearance on this course. First time out he tied for 12th with -4, then missed last 5 cuts with scores between even par and +6. 
10th in driving accuracy and GIR%, 2nd in birdie average, 7th in scoring average, 4th all-around, 3rd in par breakers, 6th in par 4 birdie-or-better, 5th in birdie-or-better conversion %, top 10 in all scoring average stats, 5 top 10 finishes in 2013, 3rd in scrambling, 6th in bounce back, 3rd in Par 4 performance, 7th in GIR% from other than fairway, 7th in proximity to hole (1st from rough), 9th in rough scrambling, 10th in avg. distance of putts made, 

12/8/80 
Despite his success here, he’s in the midst of an awful triple low. Don’t expect him to make the cut. 

JUSTIN ROSE: 10th appearance here. Averages 68.33 here, 10 of 28 rounds under par. 
6th in GIR%, 2nd in scoring average, 1st in sand save %, 2nd in total driving, 3rd all-around, 2nd in Par 5 birdie-or-better, 7th in total scoring average, 2nd in scoring average before cut, 3rd in ball striking, 5th in scrambling, 8th in Par 4 performance, 1st in average ‘going for it’ yardage (239!), 6th in approaches over 200 yards, 1st in GIR% under 75 yards, 4th over 200, 4th under 125, 2nd under 100, 8th from 100-125, 3rd from 75-100, 5th from 175-200, 1st from 50-125, 8th in putting 15-20 feet. 7th in proximity to hole (and 7th from fairways), 2nd in proximity to hole from sand, 9th in back 9 scoring average, 1st in avg dist after ‘going for it” (17). Radar: 2nd in carry distance, and leads in carry efficiency. 

7/30/80

Terrible cycles here…especially from the physical point of view. Won’t make it to Saturday.

GRAHAM DELAET: Makes 2nd appearance at TPC Sawgrass. Finished tied for 80th, 8-over-par for 4 rounds last year.  PGA 2013: 8th in driving distance, 2nd in GIR%, 3rd in total driving, 7 in GIR% from fairway bunkers, 2nd in ball striking, 4th in longest drive, 9th in avg ‘going for it’ in yards (246!), 1st in GIR% over 200 yards, 5th from 125-150, 2nd over 100+. Radar: 6th in club head speed and ball speed, 5th in distance to apex, 3rd in apex height, 7th in carry distance. Wow. What sort of clubs is he using?  I know he uses Titleist balls at the least.

1/22/82

Coming into his physical critical phase but his shots will have good feel after a while, and he should do exceedingly well for the 4 rounds. 

CAMERON TRINGALE also makes his 2nd appearance on this course. He finished tied for 72nd at 9 over par for the 4 rounds last year.  
PGA 2013: 8th in Round 3 scoring average. Radar stats: 9th in ball spin rate. 
 
8/24/87: 
Just out of a triple high, he’ll make some decision errors on the course but there’s no question he’ll be in great shape and feel very confident of his game.  

Stats from http://www.pgatour.com and http://www.golfstats.com 

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