While the field at THE PLAYERS Championship is loaded with the world's top golfers, it doesn't necessarily mean one of them is going to come away with the trophy. Every tournament has some potential dark horse candidates that have the talent to come away with thee win if they out everything together for four consecutive days.
Let's examine a few dark horse picks to win THE PLAYERS Championship.
Matt Kuchar (+7500)
Matt Kuchar is a great value pick here. He has fantastic odds for a talented player who has won this event in the past. While Kuchar isn't incredibly long off the tee, he is consistent and accurate, ranking No. 13 in driving accuracy on Tour. If he continues this, it should put him in great positions to have easier shots into the green. Kuchar also has had an incredibly consistent putter this season, especially on putts inside 10 feet, where he ranks No. 7, plus No. 2 from nine feet and No. 1 from six feet. No matter what course you play on, if you are accurate off the tee and can consistently knock down putts from within 10 feet, you got a good shot to be in contention.
Xander Schauffele (+3000)
Xander Schauffele missed the cut at this event in 2019, but in 2018, his first appearance here, he finished as the runner-up. He has three top-10 finishes this season, which include two second-place finishes. His ball striking will help him here, ranking No. 9 on tour in greens in regulation percentage (GIR). Similar to Kuchar, Schauffele has been solid putting from inside 10 feet, ranking No. 23 on tour in that metric. If he can be in contention heading into the weekend, Schauffele will be in a great position, as he ranks No. 8 on Tour in Round 3 scoring average. As we saw during last year's Masters, even though he didn't come away with the win, Schauffele can handle high-pressure Sundays on Tour.
Brandt Snedeker (+17000)
While this is a definite long-shot, Brandt Snedeker's game does hold some value on a course like Sawgrass. Length off the tee isn't really a factor this week, but Snedeker's short game and ball striking will be, and both are strengths for him. He ranks No. 23 in birdie average on Tour and No. 10 in putts per round. Even when Snedeker's ball striking has failed him this year, he's been great at recovering around the green, ranking No. 3 in scrambling saves from 30 yards and in. While he's not a sexy pick, a lot of his strengths cater to this course, and at 170/1, it's hard to ignore that.
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