It isn’t a major, but its damn close.
The PGA Tour heads back to Florida this week for The Player’s Championship.
The whole gang are there, with Rory and Jordan Spieth teeing off in the same group for the first two days, while a newly single Tiger Woods is set to go (Jacksonville-area Waffle House waitresses – consider yourself warned).
Last year, Martin Kaymer went par-par-par over the best three finishing holes in golf to hold off Jim Furyk by a stroke. I’m not backing Kaymer in any matchups this year, but Furyk is interesting. Solid current form and he likes this course.
Bet365 has him matched up with Henrik Stenson, both laying -110. Pinnacle put him as an underdog in matchups against the big guns. He’s +130 vs. Spieth and +134 vs. Rory – that last one intrigues me.
I haven’t played it yet, but I’ve circled it.
Let’s have a look at the three I have played.
The Player’s Championship Matchup Picks
JB Holmes vs. Brooks Koepka
Koepka couldn’t get out of his group last week, but he’s playing well. He looks healthy (he was on the mend early in the season) and the course sets up very well for his game. He’ll knock it on these reachable par 5s all tourney and his caddy will be handing him short irons for many of those second shots on par 4s. I’m expecting impressive trips around on Saturday and Sunday for Koepka.
Walker vs. Hideki Matsuyama
After getting slapped by McIlroy in last week’s Round of 16 matchup, Matsuyama has to be looking forward to teeing it up again and wiping out that memory. He’s good enough to win this and I like him to finish higher on the leaderboard than Walker.
Ian Poulter vs. Sean O’Hair
It’s not the Ryder Cup, so Poulter might not even to get to the weekend rounds. Meanwhile, O’Hair has come from the hinterlands of the golf world (he was ranked in the 500s for a while there) to be a legitimate contender most weekends. With three top 12s the last five times he’s teed it up, I like him in this matchup.
Best of luck with your plays and enjoy a great four days of golf.