The Players Championship isn’t one of golf’s four majors, but it might as well be.
The 2016 tournament is just as stacked as any, with all members of the “Big Four” — Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler — scheduled to tee off at TPC Sawgrass this week.
But with such a stacked field comes some tough decisions for daily fantasy golf players. You can’t possibly play all of the big names, so you have to do some extra homework this week. Luckily for you, we’re here to help with our top five daily fantasy golfers for this week, along with a few extra names.
If McIlroy’s last three starts are any indication, the former world No. 1 golfer should be a major factor this week. McIlroy has finished in the top 10 in each of his last three starts, and he’s also earned top 10s in each of his last three appearances at TPC Sawgrass.
A major championship still eludes Fowler, but he earned the biggest win of his career last year at The Players, where he beat Sergio Garcia and Kevin Kisner in a three-hole playoff. He’s also playing well this season with six top 10s, although he’s still looking for his first win.
Spieth hasn’t played since his collapse at the Masters, so he’s a bit of a wild card this week, especially after missing the cut here last year. However, he still has four top 10s this season, including a win at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, and he finished in a tie for fourth at TPC Sawgrass in 2014.
Garcia arguably has had the best career of anyone at TPC Sawgrass. Garcia earned the biggest win of his PGA Tour career in 2008 here, and he narrowly missed out on another victory last year. He has six top 10s in his career here, including three straight.
Matsuyama has been incredibly consistent this season. He has made the cut in 10 of his starts, and he has finished in the top 25 in eight of those events. He also has finished in the top 25 in each of his two starts at TPC Sawgrass.
Other Top Contenders
Jason Day, Henrik Stenson, Jim Furyk, Billy Horschel, Justin Rose
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