Golf Rankings for THE PLAYERS Championship
Tiger Woods [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #2
Woods hasn’t made big waves at Sawgrass since placing solo eighth back in 2009, his first top-10 in THE PLAYERS since a 2001 victory. However, Tiger has won three of his five stroke play events this season, finishing outside the top five just once. The strength of this field, combined with a bumpy course record, gives allocation owners a reason to keep Woods as a reserve this week, but Tiger remains a universal start in every other format.
Adam Scott [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #7
After winning THE PLAYERS Championship in 2004 and adding two more top-10s the next three years, Scott struggled at Sawgrass. Prior to last year’s T15, Scott missed two cuts in four years. He’s a house of fire right now, however, winning the Masters and placing 10th or better in three of his four stroke play events this year.
Rory McIlroy [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #1
Since 2009, McIlroy has missed the cut all three times he’s played Sawgrass. He’s made five straight cuts this season, though, recording three top-10s with a runner-up performance at TPC San Antonio. McIlroy is another top player that’s playing well enough to bypass his past results at Sawgrass.
Luke Donald [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #3
Donald has made six straight cuts at Sawgrass, finishing solo sixth and T4 the last two years. Donald has also made all five of his cuts this season and is coming off his best finish of the year, a T3 at Harbour Town.
Phil Mickelson [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #10
Mickelson won THE PLAYERS in 2007, but hasn’t managed a top-15 since (despite making all five cuts). Lefty is coming off his third podium finish of the season, a solo third last week at Quail Hollow.
Lee Westwood [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #11
Westwood hasn’t missed a cut this season and has looked sharp in his last three starts, finishing T10 at Redstone, T8 in the Masters and T4 last week at Quail Hollow. Westwood finally broke through at Sawgrass in 2010 with a T4, but skipped the event in 2011 before dropping to T61 last year after two disappointing weekend rounds.
Matt Kuchar [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #9
Over his last five starts, Kuchar has finished 35th or better each time out with a pair of top-15s. He’s the defending winner at Sawgrass and has finished 14th or better three times since 2009. Kuchar now sits 16th in scoring average and 25th in All-Around Ranking.
Sergio Garcia [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #17
Garcia won the 2008 edition of THE PLAYERS and has made nine consecutive cuts at Sawgrass. He’s finished 16th or better in five of his six stroke play events this season, withdrawing due to an injury in the other event.
Dating back to last year, Horschel owns the longest active streak of consecutive cuts made at 23, but is playing Sawgrass for the first time. Over his last four starts, Horschel has finished T2 at Redstone, T3 at TPC San Antonio, T9 at Harbour Town and won at TPC Louisiana.
Justin Rose [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #5
Rose has finished 25th or better in five straight tournaments, but hasn’t done much of anything at Sawgrass. He’s played the course nine times, missing four cuts and only one top 30 to show for it.
Graeme McDowell [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #15
In his most recent start, McDowell won in a playoff at Harbour Town. McDowell has played Sawgrass each of the last four years, missing the cut for the first time in 2012.
Charl Schwartzel [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #16
Schwartzel has finished 25th or better in all five of his stroke play events this season. He’s played Sawgrass a total of three times, finishing a career-best T26 in 2011 before skipping this event last year.