Sleeper Picks: THE PLAYERS Championship

Here are the sleeper picks for THE PLAYERS Championship:

Outright Winner: Corey Conners (+5500)

  • Conners has a strong ball-striking game, which could be advantageous at TPC Sawgrass. While his PGA TOUR wins were at a different venue, he has shown success here with a solo seventh in 2021. Coming off a T18 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, he's riding a streak of 14 consecutive cuts made.

Top 5 Finish: Tom Hoge (+1100)

  • Hoge has been consistently performing well, with five top 20 finishes in his last seven outings. He notably set the course record at TPC Sawgrass last year with a 10-under in the third round, finishing T3. Currently leading in key statistical categories like Strokes Gained: Approach-the-Green and total birdies, he's in prime form.

Top 10 Finish: J.T. Poston (+700)

  • Poston has shown improvement in his game over the past two years, breaking through what seemed like a plateau. With two T22 finishes in four appearances at TPC Sawgrass, he has a solid course history. Known for his putting, he also boasts a well-balanced game throughout his bag.

Top 20 Finish: Kevin Yu (+600)

  • Despite being a debutant at THE PLAYERS Championship, Yu is well-equipped for the challenge. He ranks highly in key statistical categories like Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee, greens in regulation, and ball-striking. With three top 10 finishes to start the new season, including a T9 in his last start, he's carrying momentum into the event.

Top 40 Finish: Nico Echavarria (+300)

  • Echavarria showed promise with a victory at the Puerto Rico Open last year but had a quieter second half of the season. However, he has bounced back with three consecutive top 25 finishes to start 2024. Despite missing the cut in his debut at TPC Sawgrass last year, he has displayed grit and character in his recent performances.