The best field in golf heads to TPC Sawgrass for the Players Championship and rising star Collin Morikawa looks a standout bet.
Collin Morikawa ($15)
Young star who already has two majors to his name at only 25.
He profiles tremendously here at a course that prizes all-round performance.
Morikawa leads the Tour in Ball Striking and Bogey Avoidance and Putting Average, the latter historically his weakness but which he has turned around markedly this year. He also ranks Top 12 in Scrambling, Strokes Gained: Tee To Green, Strokes Gained: Putting, Driving Accuracy and Par 4 Performance.
Form on Pete Dye courses is also a strong indicator. Morikawa finished Top 10 at the RBC and PGA Championship last year.
Sungjae Im ($51)
Workhorse who just loves Florida golf.
Profiles nicely for Sawgrass. Ranks 3rd in Scrambling, 3rd in Par 4 Performance, 3rd in Bogey Avoidance, 7th in Ball Striking, 10th in Strokes Gained: Tee To Green and 12th in Strokes Gained: Around The Green.
Top 25 finishes in the 2021 PGA Championship, the 2021 RBC Heritage and last two Wyndhams – the three key correlation tournaments – suggest he will enjoy a big week.
Webb Simpson ($81)
Former winner of this tournament who absolutely loves Pete Dye courses.
Finished Top 10 at the last two RBC Heritages and Wyndhams and ranks third in the field in strokes gained on Pete Dye courses over his last 50 rounds.
Ranks 11th in Putting Average so form with the flat stick this season is strong.
Sits 4th in lowest average score at TPC Sawgrass.
Top Australian – Adam Scott ($4)
Scott did not play a lot of golf last year but has returned in excellent nick in 2022.
The Australian has three Top 10 finishes in his five starts this year and now he hits one of his favourite courses. Scott has the second lowest scoring average at TPC Sawgrass across the last six years.
He also finished 2nd at the Wyndham last year and 13th at the Travelers.
Looks primed to roll his six compatriots.