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Monday 18th Dec 2017

The warm weather is upon us, and the PGA Tour starts to heat up as we push towards the U.S. Open come mid-June. As for this week, The Players Championship, at TPC Sawgrass, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

Of course as a neophyte at playing this game, knowing the player base and skill set is necessary, but it does indeed take time, especially when not all the golfers play every weekend, and even if things go right, maybe five of six will make it through the cut.

Still, I am as determined to figure out this animal as I am to control my putting game: something I am sure you readers appreciate.

Who do I like in Ponte Vedra? Well, let's see, and don't forget you can match up against me at the DraftKings Weekly Birdie PGA.

Hideki Matsuyama ($9,700): As hot as Matsuyama was for a spell last year, his top finishes have more than fallen off of late. Still, he has made the cut eight of nine times, is averaging 83.6 points a week, finished the Zurich with six consecutive birdies, and, is due. 

Jon Rahm ($10,000): Coming off a #4 finish at the Zurich, Rahm is eight-for-eight with cuts and is averaging 88.7 points. Of course, the fact that I picked ensures the fact that I have jinxed the guy, but I am still going with my gut (maybe that is why most of mine has been surgically removed?).

Adam Scott ($8600): The price tag seems modest for a money player like Scott, who did finish ninth at the Masters and is pulling off 68.7 points a week.

Matt Kuchar ($7900): Kucher is a steady pick, and perhaps because of the depth of the entrants, like Scott, Kuchar seems to be well priced for his skill set. He has made eight of ten, and played all four days at the Valero last weekend. He is the kind of quiet and steady that I like.

Graham DeLaet ($7200): Five top-25 finishes since February hopefully means DeLaet is in the zone, and for sure he can putt, something I dream about.

David Hearn ($7000): Hearn is five-for-five in playing the weekend at TPC Sawgrass since 2012. 

Do remember to keep fantasy open and regulated and fair for all by writing your local lawmakers and tell them of your love of playing and desire to keep on playing. Visit the FSTA site for more information (and thanks).

Feel free to comment with your thoughts, and remember you can also hit me up @lawrmichaels.

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