The Halfway Report: THE PLAYERS Championship 2019

I’m going to start doing this for BIG EVENTS (non-major editions too).

Unless I forget.

Or don’t want to.

 

2019 PLAYERS Championship

   
Status

144 contestants – From Worst to First

   
DQ Wyndham Clark: Rookie came in on fire (T7, T10) but signed an incorrect score card in Round 1.
WD Cameron Champ: Rookie hit it all over the shop before calling it a day with a peristent bad back.
WD J.J. Spaun: Completed 18 holes, shot 76 and then didn’t give a reason for not continuing. Bad in our business.
   
9-over Kiradech Aphibarnrat (T23 at API; T3 WGC-MEX) 84-69 dug a hole too deep. Nice bounce-back but too little too late.
  Rafa Cabrera Bello: T3 last week, T25 or better in six straight (TOUR); T17, T4 last two trips to Sawgrass = shocker
   
8-over Michael Kim: His win at JDC last summer gives him plenty of time to figure it out. MC in all six 2019 events.
  Paul Casey: Entered on T3, T25 and 2nd but his feast or famine career here continues; now MC in 8 of 12.
  Danny Lee: Red-hot beginning cooled in ’19 as T41 is the best of the bunch; T7 last year in May didn’t translate.
  Charley Hoffman: MC in 4 of 6 heading in and only one top 25; one top 25 in 13 starts now at Sawgrass.
   
7-over Adam Hadwin: Sick this week, past winner at Valspar; streak of 3 in a row ends here.
  Andrew Putnam: Solo second at Sony followed by 3 MC from 5 with nothing inside T34; tough debut.
   
6-over Brandon Harkins: Opened 69 and followed with 81 so somewhere in the middle is the answer; T26 is best in ’19.
  Harold Varner III: Led the field with 25 birdies last year; now MC, T7, T35 and T57 in the last four years. Trended.
  Grayson Murray: His last top 25 was Valero last April.
  Satoshi Kodaira: Defends at Harbour Town but MC in 4 of 6 in ’19 with T51 best of the bunch.
  Zach Johnson: Just his second MC in 15 tries so this one stings.
  John Huh: Played 13 this season MC in 9.
   
5-over Bronson Burgoon: MC in 8 of 9 after solo second at CIMB.
  Vijay Singh: Just goes to show you how incredible he was at Honda.
  Charl Schwartzel: Bizarre pattern of WD or big finish crashed this week; only top 25 in 9 tries here was T2 last year.
   
4-over Phil Mickelson: Nope, not even you could fix him or his record here. Trust the numbers.
  Kevin Tway: MC in 5 of his last 6 in ’19
  Danny Willett: Rattled off three straight before MC at API last week. Bermuda allergy?
  Ted Potter, Jr.: Nice start in Hawaii has cooled as he’s MC last 4 of 5.
  Lucas Glover: Top 10’s in three straight including the last two on Bermuda makes this a total shocker.
  Scott Brown: Made three straight before 78-76 at Bay Hill and 73-75 this week. Savage volatility.
  Tyrrell Hatton: Entered with 3 of 4 T30 or better but he’s never broken 70 in 3 tries at Sawgrass.
  Sam Saunders: No top 25 this season.
  Aaron Baddeley: Sawgrass the cooler for this heat check; MC in 6 of last 7.
   
3-over Peter Uihlein: WD at WMPO and Honda; T60 best result of ’19.
  Austin Cook: Reverse #NappyFactor
  Talor Gooch: All-or-nothing so enjoy the ride if you subscribe. Hardly a surprise with young dudes.
  Shane Lowry: Won and T12 in Middle East; North America has produced MC, T62 (no-cut), MC and MC this week.
  Stewart Cink: 11 makes, 9 misses at Sawgrass. Hasn’t found the form of 2018 this season.
   
2-over Harris English: Made 29 pars and didn’t make the cut. Not snowman season, sadly.
  Alex Cejka: Made 7 of 9 here career including his last three; Now 7 of 10.
  Ryan Armour: Now MC in 6 of 8 but the other two are top 25’s.
  Patrick Cantlay: Four doubles. Yikes. Massive surprise.
  Chesson Hadley: Continued his every-other-year trend (MC, T24, MC, T11 and MC ’19).
  Ryan Blaum: Rattle off three straight with a season-best T17 at API prior.
  Martin Laird: Disappointing winter for annual course horse in multiple events; no top 25 in ’19.
  Alex Noren: You let me know when I should pay attention again. I have no idea what’s wrong here but it’s bad.
  Brian Stuard: Streak of six in a row crashes out. I’m back on board next time out.
   
1-over Nick Watney: Made 4 of 5 in ’19 but nothing inside T39.
  Sam Ryder: Made five straight with T33 best last week at API.
  Aaron Wise: Plenty of talent requires patient invetors.
  Ryan Palmer: 63 on Sunday at Honda didn’t carryover. Solid record at Sawgrass makes this disappointng as well.
  Jordan Spieth: He exclaimed he’s found his putter and it’s “back”. It isn’t until it is but I hear you, brah.
  Henrik Stenson: 2 caddies and T17 last week. One caddie and MC this week.
  Russell Henley: Recent momentum didn’t carry but that’s clutching for straws. Quiet season at best so far.
  J.B. Holmes: There is no REQUIREMENT to kick-on after winning. MC X 2 for Holmes.
  Dominic Bozzelli: Usually makes for a great wild card in deep formats but not at Sawgrass.
  Chez Reavie: Solid ’19 has cooled on tough Riviera, Bay Hill and Sawgrass (MC, T65, MC)
   
Even Scott Stallings: Big finish at Pebble (3rd) has been the exception, not the rule.
  Kevin Streelman: His annual top 10 at Pebble is it this season.
  Haotong Li: 76-80 last year followed by 69-75 this year.
  Marc Leishman: Ended his T3-best streak on TOUR with 16 made cuts.
  Xander Schauffele: 11 straight makes now over. Didn’t have a result outside T25 in ’19. Tough break.
  Brendan Steele: False hope with T17 last week and 68 to open. MC in 6 of 11 this season.
  Sungjae Im: Not even an ace could push him into the weekend. Tons of talent to drive gamers mad.
  Trey Mullinax: Streak of 7 straight busted but playing solid week-to-week
  Beau Hossler: Not sure if Bermuda is his favorite. Nothing spectacular, just solid 2019, 5 top 40’s.
  Kyle Stanley: Opened 2019 with T22 and has followed with MC in 6 of 7.
  Troy Merritt: First event since Sony and missed by a shot. Missing part of a rib as well and now back playing.
   
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