Stormy weather stopped this year’s Players Championship with many players still left to complete their second eighteen holes, regarded by many as the unofficial fifth major of the year, the very best from the PGA Tour are trying to etch their names into the history books of this prestigious tournament. Here the Players Championship Round 1 & 2 Review
This year’s Players Championship has been defined by the weather, with those starting early on Thursday and Friday benefitting from calm conditions with the wind picking up dramatically for those starting in the afternoon.
One man who haven’t been caught out by the changing conditions is South African Christiaan Bezuidenhout, who currently leads the field by two strokes on -8.
Although he is yet to win on the PGA Tour, he has an impressive resume having been a winner multiple times on the DP World Tour. His biggest win to date has been the Alfred Dunhill which is played on some of Scotland’s most iconic links courses.
Clearly able to handle tough conditions, he will be confident of lasting the distance.
In hot pursuit of Bezuidenhout is Canadien Adam Svensson. Svensson is a name we are becoming accustomed to seeing at the top of leaderboards. He was a winner of last season’s RSM Classic and will be hopeful of landing one of the games biggest prizes this season.
Svensson still has eight holes to play in his second round and will be hopeful of overturning the two shot deficit he currently faces.
After round 1 Collin Morikawa found himself just one stroke off the lead and the former Open Champion battled hard to stay in contention yesterday. Another who has holes to complete today, he will restart his round just two behind.
World number two Scottie Scheffler had just made the turn when his round was abruptly stopped by the weather. The Texan will be looking to take advantage of the better conditions when his round resumes and overturn the current three stoke deficit he currently faces.
We still find ourselves with over half of this year’s Players Championship to play and the tournament is wide open.
There is a terrific blend of world famous players alongside a host of new names who are all looking to make their mark at the very highest level.
Current favorite is Scottie Scheffler who is looking win this tournament for the very first time. Despite all of his achievements in the game, Scheffler has a poor record in this tournament and is yet to finish in the top twenty.
He looks certain to put that record right this year but he will be eyeing up so much more.
Just behind Scheffler in the betting is Collin Morikawa. Morikawa hasn’t won in well over a year and should have put that record straight in this years Tournament of Champions. After struggling for much of 2022, it’s clear that his game is in a much better place this year and he will be hoping this weekend will see him return to the winners circle.
Rounding out the top three in the betting is our current leader Christiaan Bezuidenhout. Leading by two, the South African still has four holes to play on his final round and will be aiming to stretch his lead even further. A winner back on the DP World Tour it will be fascinating to see whether he can hold his nerve to win the biggest title of his career.
One name to keep an eye on today could be Viktor Hovland. Hovland was in the process of having a superb second round before the weather started to bite. He was in contention at last weeks Arnold Palmer before tamely falling away.
Clearly hitting the ball well, he could be one of the better value plays of today and will start today four off the lead.
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