Power Rankings: 2016 Players Championship


The 2016 fantasy golf season rolls right along, as the PGA Tour heads to Florida this week for the the Players Championship. A field of 144 players will tackle the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass, home of the infamous par-3 17th.

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Rickie Fowler won this event last year in a playoff over Kevin Kisner and Sergio Garcia. Here are 10 players to watch in the Ponte Vedra:

1. Rory McIlroy: After missing the cut in his first three Players starts, McIlroy appears to have a pretty good read now on the Stadium Course. He has finished T-8 or better each of the last three years here, and he enters off a T-4 finish at Quail Hollow that might have been even better were it not for some early stumbles.

2. Jason Day: The world No. 1 continues to impress, as Day finished T-5 at the rain-shortened Zurich in his most recent start. He has made 18 starts since last year's U.S. Open and has finished T-12 or better 15 times, including six wins. It's the type of consistency that makes Day a likely contender this week despite missed cuts in three of his five prior trips.

3. Sergio Garcia: The Spaniard is the all-time earnings leader at this event, having won in 2008 and come close in both 2013 and 2015. Garcia finished T-34 at Augusta National despite a third-round 81 and his Players record includes seven top-15 finishes in 10 starts since 2006.

4. Rickie Fowler: The defending champ let one get away last week in Charlotte, but he still returns to TPC Sawgrass as the season-long leader in the all-around ranking. Fowler has six top-10 finishes in 12 starts this season and was also a runner-up on the Stadium Course in 2012 before last year's memorable finish.

5. Jordan Spieth: Spieth should be well-rested after taking the last four weeks off following his Masters runner-up. He is making just his third start at TPC Sawgrass, where he missed the cut last year but finished T-4 in 2014 after playing his first 54 holes without a bogey. Given his recent record in big events, he seems much more likely to contend than miss the weekend.

6. Henrik Stenson: It's hard to believe seven years have passed since Stenson won at TPC Sawgrass. It's the highlight of a course history that includes six top-20 finishes in 10 starts, and while Stenson lost his consecutive cuts made streak last week at Quail Hollow, he has otherwise been playing well this season and nearly won in both Orlando and Houston.

7. Justin Rose: The Englishman's putter cost him a chance at the title last week at Quail Hollow, but he remains one of the best tee-to-green players around. Rose has five top-10 finishes in 10 starts this season, including T-10 at Augusta National, and while his Players record is spotty, it does include a T-4 finish in 2014.

8. Hideki Matsuyama: A winner earlier this year in Phoenix, Matsuyama has finished T-18 or better in each of his last four starts, including a T-7 finish at the Masters. He has also cracked the top 25 in each of his two prior Players appearances, having shot even-par or better in seven of his eight competitive rounds.

9. Zach Johnson: The reigning Open champ always seems to bring his best to the Stadium Course. Johnson has finished T-32 or better each of the last seven years at TPC Sawgrass, including a runner-up in 2012 and a T-13 finish last year. He was fifth earlier this year at Bay Hill and finished T-29 in San Antonio in his most recent start.

10. Dustin Johnson: When we last saw Johnson, he finished T-4 at the Masters to close out a string of three straight top-5 results. In fact, he hasn't finished outside the top 15 since Pebble Beach, but he'll need all the recent form he can get to reverse a course history where he has cracked the top 50 only once in seven trips (T-34 in 2010).