/2021 Players Championship predictions, picks, favorites: One of these nine golfers will win at TPC Sawgrass
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2021 Players Championship predictions, picks, favorites: One of these nine golfers will win at TPC Sawgrass

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The week of The Players Championship is one of the best stretches on the golf calendar, and despite the absence of Tiger Woods this week at TPC Sawgrass, this year’s edition — if the first quarter of 2021 was any foreshadowing at all — should produce the goods. Many of the top 50 players are coming into the event on form.

We’ve had a stretch of tournaments that has included wins from Patrick Reed, Daniel Berger, Brooks Koepka, Collin Morikawa and Bryson DeChambeau. Oh yeah, and the other one was an absolute war between Tony Finau and Max Homa at the best course with the best field of the year. It’s been an embarrassment of riches if you’re into top-tier golf, and this week at TPC Sawgrass will be a nice capper to this ridiculous run.

Though it would seem like this week should culminate with another big-name winner, this tournament is slippery when it comes to predictions. As Justin Ray pointed out, it doesn’t favor just one kind of golfer, which makes it fun to watch but difficult to handicap even when many of the best in the world are playing well. It has produced wins from Woods, Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson, but it has also produced wins from Stephen Ames, Tim Clark and Si Woo Kim. Nobody knows what’s going to happen this week.

However, if I had to narrow it down to nine golfers I think will walk away with that golden statue at the end of 72 holes on Sunday evening, these are the nine I’m most confident trotting out as potential champions for the crown jewel in the PGA Tour’s slate. Be sure to check out our full slate of 2021 Players expert picks.

2021 Players Championship predictions, picks

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