Brandt Snedeker: How can you say that a player who has missed the cut at the Players in his last four attempts be considered a contender? For me it is about a couple of things. First, I see to distinctly different career when it comes to Snedeker. There is the career before 2012 and the career 2012 to present. In 2013 he has six top-25s, five top-10s, a third, two second place finishes and a win. He is 10th in both driving accuracy and greens in regulation, fourth in all-around, seventh in scoring average and third in par breakers. Doesn’t sound like a guy destined to miss the cut to me.
Matt Kuchar: Well for starters the guy is the defending champion so by default he is on the short list. In 2013 he has seven top-25s, four top-10s, and a win in 10 events. Besides his win in 2012 he has also finished 13th in 2010 and 14th in 2009 so he has handled the Stadium Course in the past. He is 34th in strokes gained putting, 16th in scoring average and ninth in three putt avoidance. Over Kutchar is steady and reliable so a tournament like the Players Championship should be right up his alley.
Jim Furyk: He has made the cut in 14 of his last 16 trips to the TPC Sawgrass. During that streak he has posted eight top-25s at the Players Championship. He is a resident of Ponte Vedra Beach Florida so the man has the home field advantage. In 2013 he has five top-25s, two top-10s and a third place finish which is an indicator of his form. He is fifth in driving accuracy, first in proximity to the hole and 22nd in scoring in 2013. Furyk has a real chance to make this his breakthrough win on the “local” course.
Billy Horschel: The man is obviously having a banner year. In 2013 he has made the cut in all 12 events he has entered posting six top-25s, five top-10s, a third, second and a win. This is his first trip to the Stadium Course and his practice rounds will be imperative this week. He is 31st in driving accuracy, 24th in greens in regulation, second in birdie average, fifth in the all-around and eighth in total driving. He might be on pace to capture his marquee victory setting the stage for the rest of the majors in 2013.
Sergio Garcia: El Nino has been getting lost in the mix a lot lately but he has been playing solid golf. He has 16 top-25s in 17 starts worldwide. In seven starts on tour he has six top-25s, three top-10s and a third place finish. He won this event in 2008 so he knows what it takes to win here at the Stadium Course. Garcia is nursing a couple of ailments but if he can hold it together he will be in the running. He is 10th in strokes gained putting, third in adjusted scoring, seventh in par 4 scoring and 41st in total driving.
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