They call it "The Fifth Major."
Whatever you call it, it is a talent packed field stacked with the best the PGA has to offer.
This year's field is so filled with valuable picks, it was very hard to narrow down my six pack, and also it was fairly difficult to pick my fantasy lineup this week.
One thing I noticed about the expert picks on Yahoo, is that virtually everyone picked Sean O'Hair. Sean O'Hair is a great player, and a worthy pick. However, I always tend to shy away from picking a guy who won the previous week. Odds are extremely slim that they will win the following week.
Heck, most guys usually take the following week off.
A lot of people are picking Sergio. I am not one of them. The odds of him repeating a victory at this event are ZERO. I am guaranteeing that Garcia does not win this event.
First off, his game is not super sharp yet this year, and secondly I still think he may be feeling the brunt of his comments about Augusta, even though he gave a heart felt apology. Was the sarcasm received there okay?
I hope so.
The other interesting thing about The Players Championship, is that it always takes place at Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. Many of you probably know that Ponte Vedra is home to many golfers on the PGA Tour.
What many of you may NOT know is that this event has not been won by the same person in the past 17 years. Davis Love III is the last two or more time winner at TPC Sawgrass. His last victory here was in 2003, before that it was back in 1992.
Not even Tiger the Great has had a repeat win here. His only victory at The Players Championship came in 2001.
I weighed this factor heavily in making my picks this week in both fantasy and in the netherworld of the sportsbooks.
I slipped a few notches in Yahoo fantasy last week, but am still in the 99th percentile overall and in my group, The Fans of Hunter Mahan.
Here are my Yahoo fantasy selections for this week:
Jim Furyk (ST), Ernie Els
Briny Baird (ST), Davis Love III (ST), Zach Johnson, Steve Stricker
Retief Goosen (ST), Luke Donald
Some of my picks may come as surprises to many of you, but I am confident in them.
Before we get to the six pack, I have two guys you should avoid like the Swine Flu.
Stay away from Vijay Singh (60/1) and Adam Scott (80/1). Vijay is damaged goods right now, and who knows when he will be back to normal form. Adam Scott is nothing but a pure mystery as to what has happened to him. For the first time in his career he has missed three consecutive cuts. I cannot believe that the odds of winning this tournament for these guys are 60:1 and 80:1.
That Kate Hudson must be one fine piece of tail.
Let's check out my six pack for this week, for any of you that may be interested in doing some wagering.