The Players Championship is often referred to as golf’s unofficial fifth major. That’s because very few tournaments feature the level of talent we’ll see at the 2020 Players Championship, which will showcase an incredibly strong field that includes defending champion Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm, Dustin Johnson and many more. McIlroy will enter the Players Championship 2020 full of confidence, having finished fifth or better in every start on the PGA Tour this season. However, no one has won it in back-to-back years.
The stadium course at TPC Sawgrass, the host site for Thursday’s 2020 Players Championship tee times, is an iconic venue that features the famous island green on the 17th hole. McIlroy, the No. 1 ranked player in the world, is the favorite in the latest 2020 Players Championship odds at 7-1. But a star-studded 2020 Players Championship field that includes major champions like Justin Rose, Adam Scott, Gary Woodland and Jordan Spieth will be in hot pursuit. Before locking in any 2020 Players Championship picks of your own or entering any PGA DFS tournaments on sites like FanDuel and DraftKings, be sure to check out the predictions and projected leaderboard from the team at SportsLine.
SportsLine’s prediction model, built by DFS pro Mike McClure, has nailed two of the last three majors entering the weekend. It predicted Gary Woodland’s first career major championship at the U.S. Open even though he wasn’t the favorite entering the weekend. The result: Woodland held off a late charge from Brooks Koepka and won by three strokes. The model also called Koepka’s historic victory at the 2019 PGA Championship, predicting he’d hold his lead in the home stretch.
In all, their advanced computer model has nailed a whopping six majors entering the weekend. And already this season, the model called Justin Thomas winning the CJ Cup, Rory McIlroy taking down the WGC-HSBC Champions and Viktor Hovland earning his first career PGA Tour victory at the Puerto Rico Open. Anyone who has followed it is way up.
Now that the Players Championship 2020 field is locked, SportsLine simulated the event 10,000 times, and the results were surprising. Head to SportsLine now to see the full projected leaderboard.
The model’s top 2020 Players Championship predictions
One huge shocker the model is calling for: Justin Thomas, a 12-time PGA Tour champion and one of the top Vegas favorites, stumbles this week and barely cracks the top five.