There are 9 Swoosh Staff at TPC Sawgrass and here is a quick power ranking and fantasy analysis for each of them.
1. Francesco Molinari
Coming off of a win last week. 6th place before that and 19th at the Masters. 9th here in 2010.
2. Carl Pettersson
33rd here last year. Last 4 starts have been 46th, CUT, 1st and 2nd.
3. Simon Dyson
First time here. Made last 3 cuts since the Masters (12th last week, 36th and 24th the two weeks prior).
4. Stewart Cink
19th here last year, coming off of a 15th place last week. Decent sleeper.
5. Tiger Woods
WD from last two Players Championships, CUT last week, 40th at Masters, 1st at Bay Hill.
6. Kevin Chappell
69th here last year, 53rd last week and having a decent year.
7. Lucas Glover
50th here last year, 3rd here in 2010. CUT at Wells Fargo with a pair of 60th place finishes before that.
8. Paul Casey
Still recovering from his shoulder injury. 14th here in ’09 and 10th here in ’04. Missed last 2 cuts here.
9. Jhonattan Vegas
CUT here last year and hasn’t finished better than 46th in last 10 events.
Here are the scores after Round 1 of the Players Championship, for the 9 Nike Golf athletes in the field.
Vegas put up a great surprise round, while Francesco had a decent round himself. Tiger, Glover and Chappell will have some work to do on Friday.
Paul Casey’s WD because of shoulder issues (after dislocating it snowboarding). Simon Dyson WD because of a back injury. This must be new, given his 12th place finish on the European Tour last week.
All the best to the Nike Golf athletes the rest of this week.