THE PLAYERS Championship is set for March 12-15 at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. That means it's time to pick your optimal DraftKings fantasy golf lineup. Fortunately, our fantasy golf experts are ready to help.
Here's what our best THE PLAYERS Championship lineup looks like in this week's golfer predictions:
Rory McIlroy ($11,700)
We just can't quit you, Rory. For the third time in four weeks, the World's No. 1 player tops our list, and one of these weeks, he's going to close it out for us. His streak of top-5 finishes has reached seven tournaments in a row, and he's 11 for his last 14 in that regard — a Tiger-in-his-prime run of excellence. Course horse? Yep, that too — Rory's the defending champion at the PGA Tour's flagship event and has four other top-12 finishes at TPC Sawgrass.
Collin Morikawa ($7,900)
Collin cashes checks with amazing regularity — his run of 21 made cuts is the longest active streak on Tour — and they're big checks, too, with three top 10s and seven top 25s so far this season. There's nothing fluky about him, either; he's 4th in SG: Approach the Green, 8th in SG: Tee-to-Green and 17th in SG: Total. This is his tournament debut, so nothing to go on there, but we'll gladly defer to his impressive array of numbers this season in making our pick.
Matt Kuchar ($7,800)
Kooch feels like a bargain this week. He's five-for-eight in top-25 finishes on Tour this season; he finished T2 at the Genesis a few weeks ago after winning in Asia in January; and he's a past champion here (a two-shot win in 2012). Recent finishes at THE PLAYERS include a T3 (2016), T17 (2017) and T26 last year.
Marc Leishman ($7,600)
Feeling a little deja vu? Leishman's another repeat starter from last week, when he rewarded our faith with a runner-up finish. His record at Sawgrass gives us some pause — MC last year — but his recent form doesn't: a win and a runner-up among his last four outings. His impressive grinding at Bay Hill in the face of difficult, windy conditions won him some fans, us included.
Tyrrell Hatton ($7,400)
Irritable, irascible, mercurial — and victorious. Hatton silenced some doubters (like us) with his impressive win at Bay Hill, his first on U.S. soil but his second in his last four showings (he won in Turkey on the European Tour in November). It's a limited sample size, but his PGA Tour record this season is pretty jaw-dropping: T6, T14, T6, 1. He leads the Tour in SG: Approach the Green, SG: Tee-to-Green and SG: Total. He's 9th in GIR, 4th in Birdie Average and 3rd in Scoring (69.21). We're convinced. A poor record at Sawgrass drives down his price this week; strike while he's cheap.
Brandt Snedeker ($7,200)
The short-game maestro (3rd in SG: Around the Green) has had a mixed bag of a season thus far, but he comes in rested — his last appearance came in Mexico, where he rallied from a poor start to finish T22. Sneds' record at THE PLAYERS is nothing special, or at least it wasn't until last year, when the tournament's move back to March seemed to suit him (T5, with a 65-69 weekend).
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