Players Championship 2012: Rickie Fowler and 5 Favorites Who Will Disappoint

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Players Championship 2012: Rickie Fowler and 5 Favorites Who Will Disappoint
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A big tournament inevitably brings a great deal of scrutiny for the game's premier players.

Sure, the Players is not a major championship, but it's almost as important and is a tournament where the best in the game are expected to step up.

The media and fans will ponder aloud whether marquee names can play well and prove themselves on the big stage. Can these players handle the heat? Will they fold when their need to be in form is greatest?

Unfortunately, golf is not a simple game and the favorites don't always perform as they wish. While a few will most likely find themselves on the first page of the leader board at Sawgrass on Sunday, others will falter and leave the Stadium Course disappointed at their poor play.

Pre-tournament predictions don't always pan out as expected, but nonetheless here is a list of five favorites who are most likely to fade this week.

This group won't be happy with their scores and come Sunday (or Friday) evening, these players will be going back home frustrated at the state of their games.

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