Gary Van Sickle
Senior Writer, Sports Illustrated
Pick: Luke Donald
Dark horse: Jerry Kelly, John Rollins
The Stadium Course isn't about power; it's about position. Hence winners like Stephen Ames, Fred Funk, Justin Leonard and Hal Sutton, to name a few. Luke Donald has an overall game like Curtis Strange he's straight, he's in control and he's consistent. You've got to hit fairways at the Players. Donald ranks ninth in driving accuracy. While no particular part of his game stands out, like Strange in his prime, he also has no weakness. That's why he ranks fifth in scoring average. And, he has a track record here Donald tied for second in 2005.
Kelly, at left, has been playing his best golf in years after hooking up with the former Olympic marksman Lanny Basham, now a sports psychologist, mentalist, mind maximizer whatever you want to call him. Kelly finished fourth, 11th and sixth at the Players in the first half of this decade. The course suits him.
Rollins has played his most consistent golf in '07. He was second at the Hope and in Phoenix, and fifth at Bay Hill. He's ready to break out.
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