The Players Championship Preview: Keep Molinari on Your Radar
The Players Championship Preview: Keep Molinari on Your Radar

This article is part of our Weekly Preview series.

The PGA Tour continues its Florida swing this week at TPC Sawgrass. In case you haven't heard, the Players is back in March, and I, for one, love the idea. For those who tuned into the Players only after its move to May, the 17th hole is the one everyone fears. You wouldn't know it by watching the best players in the world attack a green that has only the tame winds of May as its defense. March is different, though, and we will see some balls in the water this week. Along with those balls in the water, come nerves, which means it will take someone with nerves of steel to win.

This week: The Players Championship - TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. 

Last Year:  Webb Simpson shot a final-round 67 on his way to a four-stroke victory over three players, including Xander Schauffele.  

FAVORITES

Rory McIlroy (12-1) 

Oof. Where to start with McIlroy. He had the Arnold Palmer by the you know what, with only Matthew Fitzpatrick ahead of him entering the final round, and came out flat. McIlroy played so poorly, he couldn't even manage his trademarked top 5. He's listed as the co-favorite this week for some reason, but he should be in the back half of the top 10. He has a decent track record here, with three top-10s in nine starts, but even if he's in good position entering Sunday, would anyone expect him to win? Against this field?  

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