#AskAlan mailbag: Is the Players Championship overhyped or underappreciated?

by Alan Shipnuck


Is The Players a major? I mean I know it’s not, but you? -Wyatt (@wjzangl)

I must be getting old—I remember when Quail Hollow was the fifth major. Although a few players considered Doral the real fifth major. Whatevah, if you can wade through the endless hype, the Players is a pretty good little tourney. And that’s enough.

Is it too early to talk about a Kevin Chappell and Brian Harman alternate-shot pairing in the Presidents Cup? -Jensen (@YetterIslan)

Absolutely not. Gotta love how much passion (and clutch play) both of these guys displayed in their breakthrough victories. A signifiant chunk of the 2015 U.S. Presidents Cup team is now in their late 30s or older: Phil, Zach, Bubba, Kuch, J. Walker. This will be a transitional Cup for the American side and scrappy up-and-comers like Harman (who is currently 13th on the points list) and Chappell (6th) are the glue-guys who can make a team.

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