2016 PLAYERS Championship Picks

Bros! Welcome to the official 2016 PLAYERS Championship picks guide, Brofessional Golfer edition. We have golfer picks from 4 of our active columnists or as I like to call them: Brofessional Experts. TPC Sawgrass makes little effort in putting on a show during the PLAYERS Championship year in and year out. Once again, we are dealt with a star-studded field at this distinguished tournament.

It's time to pull out the pins, bust out the stats, and make a call to Brofessional Golfer.

 

Schank

Rory McIlroy (8/1)

The Northern Ireland Fox is steadily heating up as we progress into the summer season of the PGA Tour. He quietly snuck inside the top 10 at the 2015 PLAYERS Championship and boasted a round of 66 in 2014. Rory has the skill-set to be a no-brainer pick every week, but he still tends to get rogue off the tee with the big stick. I know Nike pays you $100 million a year to use their latest and greatest driver, but maybe use a low iron and keep it in play next time, chief. Regardless, if you want a premier player who will be in the mix on Sunday, Rory is your guy.

Branden Grace (35/1)

You want a decently long shot pick that may lead to you getting ridiculed at the water cooler? Try Branden Grace on for size. Made the cut last year, but limped into the clubhouse with a 73 and 75 respectively. He’s sneaky not only because he’s been lurking in tournaments all year, but because his opening pairing is with Jason Day and Jordan Spieth. Day missed the cut last year after shooting an 81 (holy shit) on day 2 and Spieth will still be hung over from his “mini-vacation” with Fowler, Thomas, and Kauffman. Once Branden realizes he can outplay both of these top-tier golfers, he'll come out of the gate hotter than two rats making love in a wool sock.

Kevin Kisner (75/1)

The former Georgia Bulldog popped his PLAYERS cherry last year and finished tied for second after a three-hole playoff. He has been a little flaky this year so far, but he began to hit his stride around this time last year. I’m also very biased after watching him bro out so fucking hard in this video clip courtesy of Vice Sports.

 

Neves

Henrik Stenson (28/1)

If there is one golfer due for a big win it’s Stenson. He is arguably one of the best ball strikers on tour right now and Sawgrass should suit his game nicely. He has a successful record at TPC Sawgrass under his belt. He carded three top 20 or better finishes in his last four appearances and a win in 2009. Don’t sleep on the seasoned veteran this year.

Smylie Kaufman (150/1)

Dude is coming in hot after spring break with the boys. Sure Kaufman, Fowler, Spieth and Thomas have formed a strong fraternal bond chasing tail in the Bahamas. However, that bond will be thrown aside when they hit the links. Playing on the tour is clearly a young man’s game and Kaufman has potential. Expect a strong performance from Smylie.

Graham DeLaet (275/1)

Graham has been grinding away on the tour for six years with minimal success. He is due for a big time tour victory. DeLaet currently ranks second in approach shots from 50-75 yards and ranks tenth when putting from 10 feet. The man also sports a beard that makes the rest of the field look like middle school boys. Look out for the bearded Canadian to conquer Sawgrass like a Nordic warrior.

 

The People's Golfer

Sergio Garcia (30/1)

Does anyone bring it to the PLAYERS year in and year out quite like Sergio? Guy is always a threat. 30/1? Sign me up. Safest pick around. I'm sure the others on this site will laugh. Sergio's had a tough go of majors, sure, but this is his tournament. Things are heating up in Florida. El Nino is coming…

Daniel Berger (66/1)

The 23 year old has finished in the top 20 the last four events. Sawgrass winners don't have any rhyme or reason. Berger was cut last year… This year, he wins the whole thing… A homecoming to Florida for Berger spells good things… FSU grad… Alright I'm stalling… Cue the music 

Luke Donald (100/1)

2012 world #1. 2005 Players' Championship runner up. 1977 birth. Yeah Luke's a few years removed from glory, but wouldn't it be a great comeback. The 38 year old bounces back from missing the Masters this year to winning a $1.8 million prize a month later. We can only hope. 

 

Rico Dangles

Hideki Matsuyama (25/1)

Holy shit is Hideki a silent assassin. Consistent and accurate, Hideki has had a lot of success beating up on every course he comes across. I still want him to Ninja off the tee box one day. But until then, a Players win would be great as well.

Brooks Koepka (75/1)

This dude is always one of my favorites to watch. Keopka burst onto the scene in 2014 and he can flat out crush the ball. It also helps when you can get sticky on the greens, which is key at a course like Sawgrass. Plus, he played his college ball 2.5 hours away at FSU. This man knows the Florida courses and can pull out a win this week.

Kiradech Ephibarnrat (200/1)

The Barn Rat. The Bangkok Bomber. Birdie or Bust. The list goes on with this 5’8” wonder. Sporadic in all aspects of his game, Kiradech will somehow sink incredible birdies to keep himself alive. Although he is another newcomer to the scene, watch for Ephibarnrat to make some noise this tourney. 

 

Full 2016 PLAYERS Championship Preview – Brofessional Golfer Edition

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Full 2016 PLAYERS Championship field here via PGA Tour official site

Full Betting Odds here via SB Nation (updated as of 3/10)

 

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