I’ve seen a lot of golf through the years. I’ve seen weather play a huge factor in the eventual tournament winner, but I’ve never seen it dictate a tournament like it has this week at the 2022 Players Championship. Here is our The Players Championship Round 3 Highlights and Round 4 preview.
The one positive from all the rain that the TPC Sawgrass has seen this week is that the greens aren’t hard. The players are having a hard enough time landing the ball anywhere on the green, so if the greens were hard and fast, as TPC Sawgrass is known for, the scores would be even higher.
I must admit watching the golfers on the historic par-3 17th yesterday was about as riveting and exciting as golf can get. I found myself hanging on every shot and watching most of them either find the water or fly the green to almost roll-off, but somehow have enough spin as it hit the wooden supports to spin back enough to hang off the grass.
Watching the golfers yesterday, I’m sure it was anything but fun for them trying to navigate a damp course with dropping temperatures and 30 plus mile-per-hour winds.
With players trying to finish round one and then turning around and starting their second round on Saturday, there was actually a lot of golf to be played. So, who is leading this tournament?
Tommy Fleetwood, who only played three holes on Saturday, added a birdie to his total but eventually dropped a stroke and remained tied for the lead with Tom Hoge at six-under. However, Fleetwood is not the current favorite to win, as his odds are +1400, as projected by Jazzsports. The current favorite remains Jon Rahm at +700, as projected by Jazzsports, as he sits three strokes back at 3-under.
It’s incredible to say this, but there were only two bogey-free rounds on Saturday. Bubba Watson shot a 4-under 68 and increased his odds to win to +4000, as projected by Jazzsports. The 2021 champion Justin Thomas shot a 3-under 69. Both are 3-under on the week. J.T. gained over six strokes on the field and played his way into a position where he could become the first player ever to win back-to-back Players Championships at TPC Sawgrass, and increased his odds to win to +1000, as projected by Jazzsports. After watching J.T. play through these crazy conditions, I believe we will finally have a back-to-back winner at The Players Championship. Thomas is focused, and while other golfers look like they have given up, J.T has continued to find a way to defend his title.
The odds for THE PLAYERS Championship for Sunday have been posted, and Jon Rahm has been inserted as the favorite, as projected by Jazzsports.
|FIELD (ANY OTHER PLAYER)||+350|