May 6, 2013
No clear favourite for Players Championship
By IAN HUTCHINSON, For QMI Agency

World No. 2 Rory McIlroy watches his tee shot on the third hole during the final round of the Wells Fargo Championship yesterday. McIlroy seemed to be getting his act together at times during the tournament but stumbled and finished four strokes back. (Reuters)

Despite the best efforts of CBS to call it a great leaderboard at the Wells Fargo Championship, it was a player who had missed five cuts in seven events in his rookie year who won in a playoff at Quail Hollow.

Good on Derek Ernst, who tied for 17th at Q-school, but it makes this week’s Players Championship a crapshoot as far as even trying to pick a favourite.

For one thing, we haven’t seen Tiger Woods since his T4 and dropped ball controversy at the Masters, so we can’t be sure what’s happening with him.

Tiger came into Augusta with two consecutive wins and rivals who didn’t seem ready to step up until eventual winner Adam Scott and Angel Cabrera outlasted everybody.

Process of elimination might make Woods the favourite again this week, but as it was at the Masters, an unexpected outcome is just as likely at Sawgrass the way this season has gone.



CANOE.CA SLAM!