Past winner Sergio Garcia is among this year’s favorites
THE PLAYERS Championship is set for March 14-17 at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. That means it’s time to pick your optimal FanPicks (DFS) fantasy golf lineup. Fortunately, our fantasy golf experts are ready to help.
Here’s what our best PLAYERS Championship 2019 lineup looks like:
We’re going bargain-hunting this week, and the Sergio display in the window has caught our eye. His prolonged tantrum in Saudi Arabia aside, he’s off to a really underrated start this year. Just take a look at his last 11 worldwide starts dating back to late September: T7, 1, 2, T9, T6, T7, T3, DQ, T37, T6, T9. The DQ is all anyone can talk about, but the guy’s been on fire. And he’s a TPC Sawgrass ringer: The 2008 PLAYERS champion has five career top-10 finishes here. If he can stay in his happy place, he’ll contend.
The defending champion cruised to a stress-free four-shot victory last year at Sawgrass despite a middling final-round 73. He’s 16-for-18 in cuts made since then, including the last 15 in a row, with 10 top-20 finishes in that span. He’s 12th on Tour in SG: Approach-the-Green and 9th in SG: Around-the-Green. In other words, he looks like a massive bargain at this price. Only caveat: Nobody’s ever gone back to back at THE PLAYERS.
Scott’s had a feast-or-famine quality to his play of late (and really for his whole career). The last time we went to this well, he burned us with a missed cut at the Honda, but he finished solo 2nd at Torrey and T7 at Riviera. And, of particular interest this week, he’s a Sawgrass stud. His 21 rounds in the 60s at THE PLAYERS are the most in the field. He’s made the cut here seven straight times, with five top-15 finishes in that span.
Like Sergio, Kooch is playing great golf but getting attention for the wrong reasons. Granted, he hasn’t played as well since Caddie-gate broke big, but he’s still a two-time winner this season and hasn’t missed a cut since July. He’s 6th in Driving Accuracy, 3rd in GIR and 2nd in money this year. Plus, he’s a past PLAYERS champion (2012) and is among the leaders in career SG: Total at TPC Sawgrass. Not much not to like unless you’re the unforgiving type.
Another bargain. Since a missed cut at the Sony, the mind-numbingly consistent Casey has showings of T2, 2, T25, T3. Before that, he had strung together five straight top-18 finishes. His ball striking has been phenomenal — he’s 12th in SG: Tee-to-Green and 11th in GIR. If an indifferent putter heats up at all, watch out.
After threatening to skip the event — he told the Golf Channel, “It’s not a must-play for me because I’m 48 and I’ve played it 25 times and I’ve already won it” — Lefty caught our eye with this tweet over the weekend: “The course here is in spectacular shape with very little rough, much like Augusta!” If he finds a comfort level this week, he could win it again; just make sure he stays in the field until kickoff.