Heading into the final round of this year’s Players Championship Scottie Scheffler leads the field by two strokes.
After two tough days where the wind had played havoc on those playing in this year’s tournament, Friday’s storms softened TPC Sawgrass and made it ripe for scoring.
Yesterday’s action at the Players Championship was one of the best days this famous tournament had ever seen. Here we recap the very best of the golf action.
World number two Scottie Scheffler woke up yesterday knowing he had 27 holes to play, but the Texan showed exactly why he is the world number two overcoming a three-shot deficit at the start of play to end the day leading the tournament by two.
Thanks to some superb driving and accurate iron play, Scheffler scored nine birdies in his 27 holes and looks a formidable force heading into today’s final round. There is something about this time of year that he clearly enjoys and with the Masters just over a month away, he looks primed to defend his title.
It wasn’t just Scheffler who was able to make moves yesterday. After a solid first-round display, Australian Min Woo Lee rebounded back to the top of the leaderboard following a superb third-round 66. He will start today as Scheffler’s nearest challenger two strokes off the lead.
Lee’s compatriot Cam Davis has won once on Tour and has put himself in a strong position to win his second title following a third-round 67. His third round ignited on the back nine where he posted three birdies and one eagle. Today he will start four shots behind.
Aaron Rai is one of four players who will start today on -9. The Englishman will start today five shots behind Scheffler thanks to a third-round 65. Rai created history by being the first man to pick up four shots on the final three holes – including a hole-in-one on the famous par three seventeenth.
The biggest move of the day came from Tom Hoge who shot a simply stunning 62 to not only bring himself back into contention but also claim the course record in the process. Some famous names including the likes of Greg Norman, Freddie Couples, Dustin Johnson, and Brooks Koepka had all shot 63s, but Hoge stands alone as being the only man in history to have shot a 62. He will start today six strokes off the lead.
It’s hard to imagine that before last season Scottie Scheffler had yet to win on the PGA Tour. Fast forward a year and the man from Texas is gunning for his 6th Tour win.
Heading into the week, Scheffler had largely struggled at Sawgrass and had failed to finish inside the top twenty in any of his previous visits.
With conditions set to remain favorable today, Scheffler has a great opportunity of adding the Players Championship to the Master’s title he won back in April last year.
The likely danger today to Scheffler is likely to come from his playing partner Min Woo Lee. Despite not being a popular name in PGA Tour circles, Lee has had a great career to date. Twice a winner on the DP World Tour including the 2021 Scottish Open, Lee knows how to win events and he won’t be deterred by starting today two shots back.
Cam Davis rounds out the top three in the betting. The Australian has developed a reputation for being one of the biggest hitters on Tour and if he can drive the ball well today, he should give himself plenty of looks for birdie.
Of the group that will start the day on -9, Tommy Fleetwood could be a strong value option. The former European Ryder Cup star has played some solid golf this week and looks to be back near his best. Whilst a win looks unlikely, odds of +2500 could be worth a small play.
|GOLFER||ODDS TO WIN 2023 THE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP|
|MIN WOO LEE||+600|