THE PLAYERS Championship Preview
The PGA Tour heads back to Florida this week for the "Fifth Major", THE PLAYERS Championship. "THE PLAYERS" is capitalized for a reason since this is THE Championship for the PLAYERS and a lot of them covet this tournament more than any of the four real Majors. That may sound narcissistic but this game is about the players and this is exactly what this tournament is about.
While a lot of the current regular stops on tour value experience, TPC Sawgrass and Augusta National are arguably the two biggest venues where experience matters the most. Check out this stat from the PGA Tour. The average number of starts before a victory here is just over 7 so just like Augusta, it takes a few years to win here, not including the 2002 win by Craig Perks.
Five years ago was the first year since 1996 that TPC Sawgrass played under par and overall, it ranked 28th out of 52 stops on tour in difficulty. Four years ago, it played even easier. Three years ago though it came back to 72.47 which was fifth highest among the 20 par 72's. Two years ago it was close to the same at +0.323 strokes to par and last year came in very slightly easier at +0.155 strokes to par.
When you think of TPC Sawgrass, you think of the 17th island par three, arguably the scariest 130-something shot in golf. It is definitely a risk-reward hole and getting out of there with a par is huge going into 18. Why? The 18th at Sawgrass is the second-toughest closing hole on tour going back to 1983. We have seen many PLAYERS won and lost on these final two holes and that is what it should all be about.
With this being such a prestigious tournament, the field is full of big names with 48 of the top 50 in the OWGR in play this week as Victor Dubuisson and Tommy Fleetwood are the lone missing players. Additionally, 10 past PLAYERS champions are here along with 29 Major winners and 29 World Golf Championship winners. This makes for an exciting event that should again come down to the final holes on Sunday.
To no surprise, Rory McIlroy is the favorite with Jordan Spieth lurking closely behind at +625 and +680 respectively. Obviously, these two are hard to go against with the way they are playing but there is absolutely no value with either of them. On top of that, because their prices are so short, we can get some rather big odds on other elite players and come out with a big payday.
2015 Record to date after 16 events: +67.95 Units
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Humana Challenge +24 Units
Waste Management Phoenix Open -5 Units
Farmers Insurance Open +8.5 Units
AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am +18 Units
Northern Trust Open -5 Units
Honda Classic -5 Units
WGC-Cadillac Championship +16 Units
Valspar Championship -5 Units
Arnold Palmer Invitational -5 Units
Valero Texas Open +19 Units
Shell Houston Open +23 Units
The Masters -6 Units
RBC Heritage -5 Units
Zurich Classic of New Orleans +5.45
WGC Match Play Championship -5 Units
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MLB Power Rankings
Covers Expert Sean Murphy is back with his weekly look around the diamond. Find out where all 30 teams stand in this week's edition of the MLB Power Rankings.
1. St. Louis Cardinals -203 Surprise, surprise, the Cardinals are among baseball's elite again this season. No Adam Wainwright, no problem.
2. Detroit Tigers -200 The Tigers are off to a terrific start but it's difficult to call them the class of the A.L. Central with the defending A.L. champion Royals hot on their heels.
3. Kansas City Royals -196 Few saw the Royals getting off to such a fast start this season but here they are. They might be the most complete team in the A.L. at this point.
4. Los Angeles Dodgers -191 The Boys in Blue are digging the long ball this season and they appear capable of running away with the N.L. West crown, even if it is still awfully early.
5. Houston Astros -188 You could make the case that the Astros are the best team in baseball right now. They're certainly the hottest. I'm just not convinced they can keep it up.
6. New York Yankees -183 The Bronx Bombers enjoyed a banner week capped by a primetime win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park on Sunday night.
7. San Diego Padres -179 One thing's for sure, the Padres offseason moves have paid off to this point, giving their offense a boost they haven't enjoyed in years.
8. Chicago Cubs -175 It's been a case of feast-or-famine for the free swinging Cubs but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Their entertainment value has increased ten-fold so far this season.
9. Tampa Bay Rays -170 The Rays are getting healthier but they need to start building some positive momentum as they hover around the .500 mark.
10. New York Mets -168 New York has cooled off considerably but let's not write off their hot start as a complete fluke just yet.
11. Baltimore Orioles -163 It was a tumultuous week in Baltimore with the results in the win/loss column the least of the Orioles concern. Credit them for hanging tough.
12. Washington Nationals -159 The Nationals clearly appear to be turning the corner, winners of five of their last six games overall.
13. Boston Red Sox -155 An injury to Ryan Hanigan leaves a gaping hole behind home plate. The Sox suffered a major blow to their confidence with a series loss at home against the Yankees.
14. Miami Marlins -148 The Fish have shown improvement but they could be in tough moving forward with a difficult 10-game road trip looming.
15. Pittsburgh Pirates -143 Pittsburgh continues to scuff its heels with no signs of turning things around any time soon. In a competitive N.L. Central they could fall out of the race in a hurry.
16. Toronto Blue Jays -137 Devon Travis was named the A.L.'s rookie of the month for April on Monday. He's been a big part of the Jays offensive explosion thus far.
17. San Francisco Giants -132 Hunter Pence's return is getting closer and the Giants are starting to ramp things up in an effort to make the N.L. West a three-horse race.
18. Los Angeles Angels -127 There's no question, the Angels aren't getting much bang for their buck these days. They're once again one of baseball's most overrated clubs.
19. Cincinnati Reds -122 The injuries continue to pile up as the Reds continue their descent down the N.L. Central ladder.
20. Minnesota Twins -120 The Twins put a big feather in their cap with a four-game series sweep of the division rival White Sox over the weekend.
21. Colorado Rockies -116 There's nothing to see here. The Rockies pitching staff continues to hold back what could otherwise be a playoff-contending team.
22. Seattle Mariners -112 It's important not to put too much stock in a sweep at the hands of the red hot Astros but needless to say, the Mariners have some big concerns right now.
23. Atlanta Braves -107 Maybe this is a little low for a Braves team that has exceeded low expecations in the early going this season but I'm anticipating a May swoon.
24. Oakland Athletics -104 The A's offense hasn't been all that bad but their pitching depth, or lack thereof, has certainly been exposed this season.
25. Arizona Diamondbacks 100 Losing promising young starter Archie Bradley hurts the D'Backs cause moving forward.
26. Cleveland Indians 103 Little has gone right for the Tribe this season but at least their offense busted out against the Jays this past weekend.
27. Texas Rangers 106 On the heels of a disastrous 2014 campaign, things haven't gone much better for the Rangers here in 2015.
28. Chicago White Sox 110 Some had the White Sox pegged as a World Series contender prior to the season. Needless to say, they've been far from it so far.
29. Philadelphia Phillies 112 It's pretty tough to get excited about a Phillies club that has been lifeless both at the dish and on the mound.
30. Milwaukee Brewers 115 Craig Counsell will be charged with turning around the Brewers fortunes. He'll have his work cut out for him as the Brew Crew sit 11 games under .500 through less than a month of baseball.
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NBA Playoffs Round 2!
With the first round concluded, and the cappers being as hot as ever, now is the time to start winning big!
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AAA Sports 19-12 (61%) with $6,230 earned
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