TPC Sawgrass

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Englishman Tyrell Hatton held his nerve to secure his first PGA Tour win, a final total of -4 highlighting just how difficult it was to score in Orlando. He held off Australia’s Marc Leishman, and our headline selection, Sungjae Im who carded -3 and -2 totals respectively.

Im was going for back to back wins on the Tour, yet came up just short. However, it is clear that the Korean youngster is destined for big things. He showed he is in excellent form and would have won the Arnold Palmer Invitational had he not left 2 birdie chances short on the 17th and 18th holes on Sunday.

Hatton was a deserving winner, and may break into the world top 20 this week. The Tour stays in Florida again this week, for the unofficial ‘5th Major’, the Player’s Championship – held at TPC Sawgrass. 

The Course

TPC Sawgrass is a picturesque layout, but should not prove quite as difficult to score around as the tests that have faced the players over the last fortnight. A winning score of around -15 is predicted – with recent winning totals of -16, -18 and -10 over the last 3 years. 

Sawgrass is a par 72, 7,189-yard layout with a string of testing holes down the back nine.

However, as mentioned, scoring well is generally possible, particularly if the wind remains calm. Recent winners include, Rory McIlroy (2019), Webb Simpson (2018), Si-Woo Kim (2017) and Jason Day in 2016 – show that distance off the tee is an advantage.

However, there is a range of other statistics that should be closely considered when shortlisting the field. Results tell us that Greens in Regulation (GIR), par 4 scoring and scrambling are of huge importance around Sawgrass.

With fast greens, often running as quickly as Augusta on the stimp meter – holding your nerve on the greens is important. Players who can keep the ball in play off the tee and are currently sporting a hot putter are likely to fare well.

The Field

As you would expect, a stellar line up has been assembled for this prestigious event. Led by current World number 1, Rory McIlroy (who has still not finished outside of the top 5 in 2020 after a T5 at the Arnold Palmer last week), all the big names of the game will tee it up this week.

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The notable exception to this is that Tiger Woods (a 2-time winner at Sawgrass) is sitting out this week to continue his own preparation for the Masters. Form players, Sungjae Im (1st and 3rd last 2 weeks) and Bryson DeChambeau (top 5 each of last 3 weeks) once again line up – and have to be considered. 

The headline selection this week is Webb Simpson. A winner here in 2018, Simpson has shown he is currently in good form. His form in 2020 is strong, with a win and 3rd place finish already under his belt. He sat out for the last few weeks – potentially with an eye on this event.

Course form at Sawgrass reads (16, 1, 16) over the last 3 years. Notably – Simpson features prominently in Tour leaders for the main statistical categories being considered this week. 

He ranks 7th for GIR, he leads the Tour for par 4 scoring through February and ranks 5th overall for scrambling. Given that these are 3 major parts of the game that lead to success around here, and that he has previously won at Sawgrass he cannot be ignored this week.

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A second player to consider, to finish in the top 5 this week, is Hideki Matsuyama. The Japanese player has strong Sawgrass form (8, MC, 22, 7, 17,23). A disappointing performance last week (56th) aside, Matsuyama has string form in 2020. Finishes of (6,5,16,45,12) show a level of consistency that should translate well this week.

Matsuyama is also a top 5 scrambler so far this year – meaning that he should be considered to go well around Sawgrass. He is a confident bet for a Top 5 finish in this event.  

Selections

Webb Simpson, the 2018 Champion, has the game to win here once again.

He has shown himself to be in excellent form and has the correct attributes to go well here this week. Simpson, already having secured a Tour victory this year, can continue to go well ahead of a tilt at the Masters in April. 

For those readers who prefer to focus on Top 5 betting, Hideki Matsuyama stands out as being a player to consider. He does find it hard to win – but consistently performs well, and can go low around Sawgrass this week. 


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