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It’s entirely possible that Joaquin Niemann won’t see any more action until tomorrow

Mike Owens

where to watch

Sky Sports Golf, 4 p.m. Saturday

Best bets

Alexander Noren will win the Players Championship
0.5 pt each way 100-1 BoyleSports

History so far

The weather gods have already played a big role in this week’s Players Championship at Sawgrass – and the tournament will end no earlier than Monday night.

Three inches of water fell on the course in less than 48 hours, saturating Sawgrass, ending Friday’s game early. The event is set to resume at 11:00 a.m. local time (4:00 p.m. UK and Ireland) on Saturday, if the famous Florida track becomes playable.

Winds, rain and lightning are expected in Sawgrass through 10 a.m. local time Saturday. As of 11 a.m., the PGA Tour chiefs are hopeful that there will be no more suspensions in play. The forecast for the end of Saturday, Sunday and Monday is good.

A longer delay on Saturday – if bad weather does not clear by 11 a.m. local time – would lead to the possibility of a Tuesday arrival. The Players Championship, with a top prize of $3.6 million, is too prestigious for Tour bosses to consider anything other than a 72-hole event. It should also be noted that players have a three-hole playoff, so time should be allowed for the possibility that at least a trio of additional holes will be required.

Ranking
-6 Tommy Fleetwood, Tom Hoge, Brice Garnett (over 13 holes)
-5 Kramer Hickok, Joaquin Niemann, Keith Mitchell, Anirban Lahiri, Daniel Berger (16)
-4 Brian Harman, Sam Burns, Abraham Ancer, Talor Pendrith, Kevin Kisner, Dustin Johnson (16), Scottie Scheffler (15), Patton Kizzire (15), Doug Ghim (12)

Best prices
12 S Scheffler, D Berger, J Rahm, 16 D Johnson, X Schauffele, 20 J Niemann, T Fleetwood, 22 J Thomas, 25 B Koepka, T Hoge, 30 S Burns, C Smith, 40 bar

Round two preview

The third round of the Players Championship will still take place on Monday – that’s the sad truth about the impact of weather on this great tournament. If the event ends on Monday, it will be with darkness falling on Ponte Vedra beach.

The tentative restart start time of 11am (4pm UK and Ireland) today looks optimistic – 1pm (6pm) seems more realistic given the weather forecast – which would only allow six hours of play today.

There was a lot of speculation before the event about how the weather might create a draw bias. Many punters clung to the late draw in hopes that the first half would play their second round in the winds on Saturday. But with so many games lost on Thursday and Friday, the first half of the draw appears to have been favored.

The late half is set to play its second round in wet and windy (22mph) conditions on Saturday. The start and end of the half should be cold but less windy (12 mph) for their second run on Sunday.

Absolute bettors are pointed to Joaquin Niemann (20-1) and Cameron Smith (30-1), while Jon Rahm (12-1) and Alex Noren (100-1 with BoyleSports) will also feel they can enter the fray. for the next week. outcome.

With BoyleSports still offering six spots each way, the 100-1 Noren is well worth taking. The Florida-based Swede was in excellent ball-striking form, finishing fifth in the Honda Classic last time out, and a first-round 69 put him well at Sawgrass.

Hideki Matsuyama pulled out before the event (bets returned), so Racing Post Sport supporters had just four players to post on Thursday. Noren can be added to the stable given that he is offered at such disrespectful odds.


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FIRST PUBLICATION AT 9:20 AM, MARCH 12, 2022

Christy J. Olson