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, 

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. 


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.


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. 
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.  

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