Well, it's time for me to put the kibosh on-- er, pick the guys I think have the best chance of winning THE PLAYERS this week. (They have it all in caps at the PGA Tour leaderboard, so I'll type like I'm excited too.) I've picked three players who I think will finish high.
The first is Lee Westwood. Westwood is one of the best ball strikers in the field, and TPC Sawgrass is what they call a second-shot course. That just means most of the players will be playing their drives from basically the same spot in the fairway, so approach shots will be more important than usual. At least, that's what they said on GC.
But I really like Westwood because he's playing so well lately. He's had two Top5s in the last month, and this course sets up really well for him. Although he didn't play last year, he was T4 in 2010.
My second choice is Louis Oosthuizen. His last three tournaments have been a third, a runner-up (the Masters), and a win. In addition, he has two wins this year (he won the African Open in January). I think he's finally healed up from his injuries and back on track. And like Westwood, I think TPC Sawgrass sets up really well for him.
And number three -- Ben Curtis. Curtis is a streaky player... but he's dangerous when he gets on a streak. The last time it happened he won twice. He already has one -- the Valero Open about three weeks ago -- and he was T5 at Quail Hollow last week. He may actually be the most dangerous player in the field.
Westwood, Oosthuizen, and Curtis. That's my triumvirate of hot players for THE PLAYERS this week. Let's see how well they withstand the old Ruthless Golf curse, eh?