Players Championship power rankings


The Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass is an old favorite, but PGA Tour fans will get to see a slightly different version of the track this season at the 2017 Players Championship. It’s undergone several changes within the past year — notably, the 12th hole is now a drivable par 4, while the sixth and seventh also have revamped designs. The revamped course won’t be the only reason to tune in — this field is teeming with the best players in the game, including every one of the top 10 players in the world. Here are the best bets for success at the Players. This article originally ran on

1. Rory McIlroy

McIlroy has been dialed in since making his return to the PGA Tour back in March, racking up three top 10 finishes in four starts. That run includes a tie for fourth at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and a tie for seventh at the Masters, so the low scores have been there — he’s simply not getting quite enough breaks to win. That could change at the Players Championship, where he’s found the top 15 in each of the last four years. One of the best tee-to-green players on the circuit, he should be able to give himself plenty of opportunities.

2. Dustin Johnson

This spring has been full of peaks and valleys for the game’s top player — in February and March, Johnson won three consecutive events to set himself as the Masters frontrunner, then withdrew from the big event after an unfortunate run-in with a flight of stairs. Now, after a month of rest and a successful return at last week’s Wells Fargo Championship, the 15-time PGA Tour winner looks ready to add to his total at the Players Championship.

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