Our Players Championship sleeper picks to win are in.
We asked staffers to name their Players pick to win, and also give us a sleeper to contend at TPC Sawgrass this week. Check out our sleeper picks below.
Jessica Marksbury, multimedia editor: Charl Schwartzel. Not only did the 2011 Masters champ finish tie for runner-up last year, he’s had two solid finishes in the last two weeks: T6 in Puerto Rico, and T16 at the Honda.
Luke Kerr-Dineen, instruction editor: Lucas Glover. Glover’s been on an excellent run of form: eight top 20s and four top 10s in nine events so far this season, including a T7-T4-T10 streak in his last three. He’s due a win; don’t be surprised if it comes this week at the Players.
Josh Sens, contributor: Vijay Singh. A three-time major winner can be a sleeper when he’s 56, right?
Jonathan Wall, equipment editor: Matt Wallace. Top-20 finishes in his last two starts. He’s the definition of a sleeper having never logged a competitive round at Sawgrass. Still like his chances based on form alone.
Pat Ralph, associate editor: Sergio Garcia. I know Sergio hasn’t won stateside since the 2017 Masters, but he’s racked up back-to-back top-10 finishes in his last two appearances on Tour, and he’s typically played TPC Sawgrass well: a win in 2008, two runner-up finishes and two other top 10s over the last 12 years at the Players. Wouldn’t be shocked if he’s in contention on Sunday.
Jeff Ritter, digital development editor: Hey, Jordan Spieth is listed at 50/1. Does he count? Okay, fine. Give me Hàotóng Li. He’s won twice on the Euro tour and it’s only a matter of time before the 23-year-old makes a splash in the U.S. He MC’d last week at Bay Hill, but I’ll chalk that up to jet lag and take a shot on him at 125/1 this week.
Tim Reilly, social media editor: Keegan Bradley. Keegan had success at TPC Sawgrass last year and he’s putting together a solid season thus far. I’m banking on a carry-over.
Josh Berhow, senior editor: Chesson Hadley and Jason Kokrak. I’m so confident in these sleepers I had a hard time not picking them to win outright. They have both played well during the Florida swing and are great ball-strikers — both are in the top four in Strokes Gained: Approach the green! If they can make some putts this week, watch out.