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Phil Mickelson (#20)

 

Rough patch for Mickelson continues with him missing his second consecutive cut at The PLAYERS. Phil shot a pair of 74s in his first two rounds to miss the cut by five strokes. The 48 year old struggled to find his approach game over the first two days of the tournament which ultimately lead to a missed cut. Phil will take this week off for rest as he’s played six of the last seven weeks.

 

Last 3 Results: MC, MC, T39

 

The PLAYERS Statistics:

SG: OTT SG:T2G SG:APP SG:ATG SGP
Weekly SG .523 -2.007 -3.268 .739 -2.841
YTD Tour Rank 68 46 58 67 117

 

Marc Leishman (#19)

 

A pretty nondescript week for the Australian who narrowly missed the cut on the number. Leishman’s week was pretty boring from a numbers perspective. However, losing 2.6 strokes putting in round two ultimately sealed his fate. A week off for Leishman this week after playing four of the last five weeks. Look for him to potentially return at the WGC Dell Match Play.

 

Last 3 Results: MC, T23, T62

 

The PLAYERS Statistics:

SG: OTT SG:T2G SG:APP SG:ATG SGP
Weekly SG -1.048 .753 .353 1.449 -1.601
YTD Tour Rank 86 40 22 111 69

 

Patrick Cantlay (#18)

 

Rough week for Cantlay losing strokes in both strokes gained:tee-to-green and off-the-tee which is like him. As a result he made four double bogeys in two rounds. That’s not going to get it done however, Cantlay still had an outside shot at making the cut before double bogeying the par-5 16th. Look for him to potentially return at the WGC Dell Match Play.

 

Last 3 Results: MC, T6, T15

 

The PLAYERS Statistics:

SG: OTT SG:T2G SG:APP SG:ATG SGP
Weekly SG -2.118 -1.436 1.697 -1.014 -1.412
YTD Tour Rank 25 11 26 35 83

 

Bubba Watson (#17)

 

The PLAYERS Championship was very mediocre at best for Bubba . Bubba managed to string along a few safe rounds to be three-under going into Sunday. On Sunday Bubba fumbled home with a one over 73 and T56. There were a few bright sides throughout the week but they were overshadowed by his erratic driving. Bubba is slated to tee it up at this weeks Valspar Championship. He doesn’t have great history here with his most recent finish being a missed cut in 2017.

 

Last 3 Results: T56, T17, T27

 

The PLAYERS Statistics:

SG: OTT SG:T2G SG:APP SG:ATG SGP
Weekly SG 4.711 2.518 -1.942 -.251 -2.518
YTD Tour Rank 3 30 80 149 179

 

Patrick Reed (#16)

 

Interesting week for Patrick Reed, like Rahm, Reed played three good rounds and one awful round. Leaving him in a tie for 47th. Not much to glean from his performance stat-wise as nothing was excellent aside from his short game. One thing to note is that Reed shot a six over 78 on Sunday while losing 5.1 strokes putting. That’s almost unheard of so I wouldn’t be too worried about this long term. Reed tee’s it up at the Valspar Championship this week where he has had past success with two runner up finishes in the last four years.

Last 3 Results: T47, T50, T14

 

The PLAYERS Statistics:

SG: OTT SG:T2G SG:APP SG:ATG SGP
Weekly SG 1.420 4.361 -1.059 4.000 -3.436
YTD Tour Rank 116 83 147 18 29

 

 

Paul Casey (#15)

 

Rough week for Paul Casey as the World Number 15 finished one stroke out of last place. Paul never seemed to get back on track after hitting two balls into the water on the iconic 17th island green at TPC Sawgrass. His game never really caught fire as he lost strokes in every major category aside from off the tee. Look for Paul to bounce back this week during his title defense at the Valspar Championship.

 

Last 3 Results: MC, T3, T25

 

The PLAYERS Statistics:

SG: OTT SG:T2G SG:APP SG:ATG SGP
Weekly SG 2.469 -4.034 -4.972 -1.530 -4.814
YTD Tour Rank 15 25 69 42 189

 

 

Tony Finau (#14)

 

Pretty good week for Finau finishing in a tie for 22nd place. Most of this was on the back of a hot putter (7th SGP this week) and strong off the tee play. However, he needs to tighten up in the  strokes gained: around-the-green category. A final round of even par from Finau was a less than stellar ending to an otherwise solid week at TPC Sawgrass. Finau is taking this week off and look for him to potentially tee it up at the WGC Dell Match Play in Austin, Texas.

 

Last 3 Results: T22, T25, T15

 

The PLAYERS Statistics:

SG: OTT SG:T2G SG:APP SG:ATG SGP
Weekly SG 3.426 .299 -.493 -2.634 5.626
YTD Tour Rank 12 41 61 148 50

 

Tommy Fleetwood (#13)

 

Another excellent week for Tommy Fleetwood following up his T3 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational with a T5 at The PLAYERS. A week after watching his good friend Fancesco Molinari win at the API, Tommy was hoping to capture his first PGA tour victory. After three rounds of great tee to green play, Fleetwood sat just one off Jon Rahm’s pace of 15 under . However, like a lot of others, he faltered on Sunday. After an eagle at the 16th which brought him to within one of Rory McIlroy, Fleetwood hit his tee shot at 17 into the water and it was Rory’s tournament from there. Once again, the Englishman displayed an excellent off the tee game (first in the field) and good work around and on the greens.  Tommy will take this week off before teeing it up again at the WGC Dell Match Play.

 

Last 3 Results: T5, T3, T19

 

The PLAYERS Statistics:

SG: OTT SG:T2G SG:APP SG:ATG SGP
Weekly SG 7.262 9.210 .0752 1.196 1.715
YTD Tour Rank 4 5 40 19 100

 

Jason Day (#12)

 

So much for those back issues that kept Day out of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Day played quite well finishing in a tie for 8th place at The PLAYERS on the back of his usual strong putting display and above average off the tee game. Day’s only visible struggle was around the green which is surprising given his short game prowess. Aside from the withdrawal, he is playing wonderful golf and will look to continue it this week at the Valspar Championship.

 

Last 3 Results: T8, WD, T4

 

The PLAYERS Statistics:

SG: OTT SG:T2G SG:APP SG:ATG SGP
Weekly SG 3.957 5.245 1.278 .010 4.680
YTD Tour Rank 5 29 119 61 5

 

Tiger Woods (#11)

 

There’s a lot to take from Tiger Woods performance this week at The Players. Finishing in a tie for 30th, Woods finished 9th in strokes gained: off-the-tee. Tiger has struggled in that department this season so while he did lose four strokes on the approach (something very uncharacteristic from him) there were positives to be gleaned from his driving and short game performances. If it weren’t for a quadruple bogey on Friday morning, we could have potentially saw Tigers name up towards the top of the leader board. Woods will be taking this week off in preparation for the WGC Dell World Match Play in two weeks.

 

Last 3 Results: T30, T10, T15

 

The PLAYERS Statistics:

SG: OTT SG:T2G SG:APP SG:ATG SGP
Weekly SG 4.592 2.909 -4.015 2.333 1.015
YTD Tour Rank 70 10 18 5 77

 

Jon Rahm (#10)

 

Rahm struggled to get anything going on Sunday ultimately finishing in a tie for 12th. Early Sunday, Rahm went against his caddies advice and put an early ball in the water which started his downward spiral. Prior to that he played beautifully, especially his tee-to-green game where he gained 6.8 strokes gained: approach-the-green, and 7.1 strokes gained: tee-to-green.  Rahm will look to bounce back at the Valspar Championship this week. A course and event he has never played but that shouldn’t be an issue for a player as talented as him.

 

Last 3 Results: T12, T45, T9

 

The PLAYERS Statistics:

SG: OTT SG:T2G SG:APP SG:ATG SGP
Weekly SG 3.128 7.179 6.880 -2.829 1.746
YTD Tour Rank 2 18 59 120 74

 

Rickie Fowler  (#9)

 

What a middling week for Fowler, finishing in a tie for 47th. Fowler bookend rounds of 67-68  with rounds of 74 and 76. These mixed results came from poor driving and dismal short game. Rickie putted and hit his approaches quite well (losing almost 5 strokes on approach on Sunday) but that wasn’t enough to keep up with the leaders. Rickie will be taking this week off and will look to perform well at the WGC Dell World Match Play in two weeks.

 

Last 3 Results: T47, T40, T2

 

The PLAYERS Statistics:

SG: OTT SG:T2G SG:APP SG:ATG SGP
Weekly SG -1.280 -1.634 1.457 -1.811 2.559
YTD Tour Rank 85 65 67 103 8

 

 

Xander Schauffele (#8)

 

Xander fired rounds of 70 and 74 for his first missed cut of the year. Not much to this story here as he was great off-the-tee and struggled on and around the greens. A couple of early double bogeys in round two set him back and couldn’t recover from there. Schauffele has been steady for most of his PGA Tour career and a missed cut here won’t change anyone’s opinion about him. He will be taking this week off and will be back at the WGC Dell Match Play.

Last 3 Results: MC, T14, T15

 

The PLAYERS Statistics:

SG: OTT SG:T2G SG:APP SG:ATG SGP
Weekly SG 2.328 1.630 .590 -1.287 -2.478
YTD Tour Rank 26 13 16 72 20

 

Francesco Molinari (#7)

 

Not the result Molinari was looking for coming off his big win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. the Italian lost strokes to the field in all of the  strokes gained: tee-to-green categories but was fairly solid on and around the greens themselves. The World Number 7 will want to move on from this week as it was still a made cut. Molinari is in good form and will look to build on that in his next tournament. He will be sitting this week out and potentially look to return at the WGC Dell Match Play at the Austin Country Club.

 

Last 3 Results: T56, 1, 17

 

The PLAYERS Statistics:

SG: OTT SG:T2G SG:APP SG:ATG SGP
Weekly SG -1.778 -1.077 -1.690 2.392 1.001
YTD Tour Rank 104 93 132 57 24

 

Rory McIlroy (#6)

 

The hottest golfer on the planet got the job done last week. Rory played beautifully on Sunday and his performance undoubtedly silenced some of the criticism he’s received in recent weeks. McIlroy displayed a complete game by finishing 3rd in strokes gained: off-the-tee, 7th in strokes gained: approach-the-green, and 1st in strokes gained: tee-to-green. He will take this week off and will return at the WGC Dell Match Play in Austin, Texas.

 

Last 3 Results: 1, T6, 2

 

The PLAYERS Statistics:

SG: OTT SG:T2G SG:APP SG:ATG SGP
Weekly SG 5.309 13.262 6.484 1.469 .663
YTD Tour Rank 1 1 14 30 57

 

Bryson DeChambeau (#5)

 

If it weren’t for a double bogey on the 18th hole on Sunday, Bryson would’ve found himself in a tie for 12th. He played four solid rounds of golf losing only a few shots on approach and around the greens. The number five golfer in the world is not playing this week, undoubtedly getting ready for the WGC Dell Match Play and The Masters in the coming month.

 

Last 3 Results: T20, T46, T56

 

The PLAYERS Statistics:

SG: OTT SG:T2G SG:APP SG:ATG SGP
Weekly SG 5.277 2.248 -1.341 -1.688 4.677
YTD Tour Rank 8 33 74 104 43

 

Justin Thomas (#4)

 

Not the strongest week for JT. He finished 35th even though he was T5 in birdies made for the week. On a positive note, Thomas was pretty good off the tee and around the greens. However, he lost strokes on approach for the first time in a while. This could be something to watch for going forward. Jt is off this week and will be at the WGC Dell Match Play next week.

 

Last 3 Results: T35, T30, 9

 

The PLAYERS Statistics:

SG: OTT SG:T2G SG:APP SG:ATG SGP
Weekly SG 1.529 3.436 -.413 2.320 -.511
YTD Tour Rank 38 3 5 9 85

 

Brooks Koepka (#3)

 

Another tough week for Koepka as he yet again struggled to stay away from the big numbers. The World Number 3 carded five double bogeys en-route to a T56 finish. What’s worrisome for Brooks is he didn’t do any damage off the tee which is his bread and butter. He also struggled on the approach but started to turn that around on Saturday and Sunday. Brooks will be sitting this week out and look to get back into action at the Match Play.

 

Last 3 Results: T56, MC, T2

 

The PLAYERS Statistics:

SG: OTT SG:T2G SG:APP SG:ATG SGP
Weekly SG -.895 -1.729 -2.520 1.687 1.653
YTD Tour Rank 59 47 51 89 85

 

Justin Rose (#2)

 

Justin Rose got off to a horrendous start carding a two-over 74 but that is where the troubles left. Rose went on to shoot 66-68-68 to quietly finish in a tie for 8th. Aside from that first round, Rose played fantastic. Gaining shots in every major strokes gained category, finishing in the top 20 for the week in approach-the-green, putting and tee-to-green. Justin will  look to return to action at the WGC Dell Match Play in Austin, Texas.

 

Last 3 Results: T8, 63, 1

 

The PLAYERS Statistics:

SG: OTT SG:T2G SG:APP SG:ATG SGP
Weekly SG 1.359 5.611 3.778 .474 4.314
YTD Tour Rank 58 26 31 48 37

 

Dustin Johnson (#1)

 

With Dustin Johnson’s T5 finish, the World Number 1 notches his highest finish at The PLAYERS in his career. Johnson played great golf this week especially on approach where he lead the field by gaining 9.6 strokes. He struggled off the tee on the weekend losing but more than made up for it with his solid iron play. He looks to keep up the momentum this week at the Valspar Championship where he hasn’t played since a missed cut in 2010.

 

Last 3 Results: T5, 1, 9

 

The PLAYERS Statistics:

SG: OTT SG:T2G SG:APP SG:ATG SGP
Weekly SG .596 10.980 9.613 .771 -.055
YTD Tour Rank 22 4 6 21 16

 

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