Players Championship 2020 highlights what may be, start to finish, the most grounded field in proficient golf. There are no beginners (like in the Masters), no qualifiers (like in the U.S. what’s more, British Opens) and no club experts (like in the PGA). No—it’s only the best visiting stars on Planet Earth.
To assist you with getting your direction and survey an uncontrollably profound gathering of golf players, we’ve positioned the main 100 players teeing it up this week at TPC Sawgrass. It depends on a couple of criteria—current structure, course history, factual profiles and, truly, some past premonitions. You’ll have a lot of perusing to do once you find a workable pace list, so right away …
Note: World Ranking from March 2
- Kevin Tway
Age: 31 World Ranking: 149 Players begins: 2
Best Players finish: T-46, 2018
Long-hitting Oklahoma State graduate won the primary occasion of the 2018-’19 season, yet he’s had only one top 10 since. Missed the cut here a year ago.
- Rory Sabbatini
Age: 43 World Ranking: 104 Players begins: 18
Best Players finish: T-6, 2015
The other Rory has discreetly piled on six PGA Tour wins in a protracted if unglamorous vocation. Had somewhat of a resurgence in 2019, piling on six top 10s and missing only four cuts in 30 beginnings. Not many in the field have played Sawgrass more than he has, however he has only one top 10 out of 18 appearances.
- Tyler Duncan
Age: 30 World Ranking: 181 Players begins: 1
Best Players finish: MDF, 2019
Purdue graduate has missed the same number of cuts as he’s made in the 2019-’20 season, yet one of those made cuts was a success at the RSM Classic in November. That was a fantasy week for a person who positions outside the main 100 in all center strokes-picked up classes.
- Si Woo Kim
Age: 24 World Ranking: 129 Players begins: 4
Best Players finish: Win, 2016
Turned into the most youthful Players champion in 2017 when he raised the trophy as a little-known 21-year-old. It has demonstrated to be to a greater extent an accident than the beginning of something continued, at any rate up until now, as he’s yet to win once more. Completed T-63 and T-56 at Sawgrass in his two beginnings since the W. He’s just played every one of the four adjusts in one of his last eight beginnings, having missed six removes and pulled of one.
- Mackenzie Hughes
Age: 29 World Ranking: 158 Players begins: 2
Best Players finish: T-16, 2017
Canadian had missed five straight cuts and nine of 11 preceding the Honda, where he made the cut on the number at that point shot 66-66 toward the end of the week to complete performance second. Golf, man. Strong ball-striker made the cut in the two Players appearances.
- Shugo Imahira
Age: 27 World Ranking: 38 Players begins: Rookie
A contextual analysis by they way you can win on lesser-known expert visits and consistently climb the World Rankings … in spite of indicating horrendously in your beginnings on the PGA Tour. Imahira is the Japan Tour’s prevailing power, which is the way he’s so high in the rankings. In any case, his keep going nine beginnings on the PGA Tour have yielded seven missed cuts, a T-27 of every a field of 63 and a T-59 out of 76.
- Kiradech Aphibarnrat
Age: 30 World Ranking: 138 Players begins: 3
Best Players finish: T-30, 2018
Adorable Thai player is drooping, straightforward. He’s missed four of five slices on the PGA Tour to begin 2020, with his solitary end of the week coming at the inverse field Puerto Rico Open.
- Bud Cauley
Age: 30 World Ranking: 144 Players begins: 4
Best Players finish: T-47, 2019
Does most of his harm in the more fragile field occasions, however he’s having a strong season so far with two top 10s in 10 occasions. Staggering short game however his ball-striking can get squirrely, which may clarify the three missed cuts in four attempts at Sawgrass.
- Scott Brown
Age: 36 World Ranking: 162 Players begins: 7
Best Players finish: T-23, 2018
Missed five of his initial seven cuts on Tour in 2020, however one of the two made cuts was a T-2 at Riviera, and that is likely sufficient to keep his card regardless of what happens the remainder of the period. That is the PGA Tour for you, where the great weeks cover the downright terrible weeks.
- Andrew Landry
Age: 32 World Ranking: 109 Players begins: 2
Best Players finish: T-47, 2019
Won’t wow you with his game, yet he has a triumph in two of the previous three PGA Tour season, including prior year at the American Express. He does, notwithstanding, miss many cuts.
THE PGA TOUR has reported the included gatherings for the initial two rounds of THE PLAYERS Championship to be held at TPC Sawgrass.
Fans will be blessed to receive a feature of the best players on the planet, with shielding PLAYERS Champion and world No. 1 Rory McIlroy to be joined by world No. 2 Jon Rahm and No. 3 Brooks Koepka. Different groupings incorporate fan top choices and rising stars in the game.
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Full groupings and beginning occasions for the initial two rounds of the TOUR’s leader occasion will be discharged formally at roughly 12 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 10. While supporters of PGA TOUR LIVE on NBC Sports Gold will have the extraordinary capacity to observe each and every shot of the competition because of Every Shot Live, some marquee groupings will get exceptional consideration.
To watch the highlighted groupings on Thursday-Friday, fans in the United States can tune into the Golf Channel broadcast (1-7 p.m. ET). Notwithstanding PGA TOUR LIVE on NBC Sports Gold, you can stream on Amazon Prime Video Channels. Sound inclusion is accessible on SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio (Sirius 208, XM 92), and streams free by means of PGATOUR.COM, just as the TOUR’s legitimate iPhone, iPad and Android applications.
Here’s a more critical gander at the Featured Groups for THE PLAYERS Championship.
Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Brooks Koepka
Remarkable: McIlroy is the guarding champion at TPC Sawgrass notwithstanding the current FedExCup champion and PGA TOUR Player of the Year. The Northern Irishman sits on of the world rankings, with Rahm and Koepka his nearest challengers. McIlroy has fought in each start this season, taking five straight top-five completions into the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by Mastercard, including a success at the World Golf Championships – HSBC Champions. Rahm has additionally been a sequential contender, with four top-10s in five beginnings this season, including a sprinter up at the Farmers Insurance Open and a T3 at the ongoing World Golf Championships – Mexico Championship. Koepka, a three-time champ last season, proceeds with his arrival from a knee injury hoping to attest the predominance he has shown as of late.
Viktor Hovland, Collin Morikawa, Matthew Wolff
Eminent: The pioneers of the adolescent development on the PGA TOUR – every one of the three have just won before their 23rd birthday celebrations. Wolff won the 3M Open in simply his third PGA TOUR start as an expert in July a year ago before Morikawa took the Barracuda Championship in simply his 6th ace PGA TOUR start soon thereafter. Hovland as of late turned into the primary Norwegian to win on the PGA TOUR with his triumph at the Puerto Rico Open.
Tiger Woods will miss the 2020 Players Championship with an annoying back physical issue, Woods’ operator Mark Steinberg affirmed to ESPN on Friday. Steinberg clarified that while Woods’ back isn’t prepared for rivalry presently, it shouldn’t be an issue that is worried in the long haul future.
“Back just not prepared. Not concerning long haul, just not prepared,” Steinberg told ESPN.
This is the fourth consecutive week Woods has missed subsequent to completing last (after a made cut) at the Genesis Invitational in February. Woods skirted the WGC-Mexico Championship, didn’t play the Honda Classic and afterward likewise avoided the current week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational, where he is an eight-time victor.
A concerning direction, maybe, however missing following week’s Players is unquestionably the most disturbing of all. The Players is a serious deal in proficient golf and PGA Tour circles, and this Players particularly will be significant. With all the bits of gossip twirling of an adversary proficient class to the PGA Tour – the Premier Golf League – just as the capability of the PGA Tour declaring its new TV bargain one week from now, the current year’s Players will be a feature for the best golf at the most elevated level in the best association on the planet.
As it were, it’s noteworthy. Woods knows this. Which is the reason him not showing up isn’t really as clear as “not concerning long haul, just not prepared.” If you’re attempting to play a dense planned – which Tiger is considerably in the wake of playing as not many as 12 occasions last season – the Players isn’t one you’re going to remove. The API and Mexico? Of course, however not the Players. Regardless of whether you were shortening your season to six or seven or eight occasions, the Players is on those rundowns. Every one of them. Except if you were going to just play the four majors, you would play the Players.
That doesn’t mean he’s cooked, yet it means that something is at present not directly with his body. That could conceivably be disturbing, which is likely a decent summation of the following five years of Tiger’s vocation. He’s said a few times that thinking about his back and neck will be a thrill ride for quite a long while.
The dread currently isn’t that Woods may play inadequately in the Masters – which is only a month from now – in view of an absence of serious play rather that his body won’t coordinate for every one of the seven days of a significant title week. Woods has entered the Masters without playing for a considerable length of time and months and played well previously. He, as far as anyone is concerned in any case, has never entered with a back that was erupting and done anything significant.
Obviously, the entirety of this may be nothing. We as a whole gone crazy a year ago when he missed the API with a firm neck, and afterward he won his fifth green coat. The truth will surface eventually. Be that as it may, missing the API or a free-cash occasion in Mexico is a certain something. Missing the crown gem on the PGA Tour’s record – where you’re the double cross victor and still the superior ability in plain view after such a long time and years – is a totally other thing out and out.