The unofficial fifth major rolls around this weekend in the form of The Players Championship
at TPC Sawgrass. You know the one with the island green? The picture above. Yep, that’s the one.
It is no surprise the “unofficial fifth major” is held in the US and clearly no one that gives it this title has ever watched the Carramulka Mens Open.
What is surprising though, is that despite Australia having the most golfers in The Players Championship from any country outside the US, Neil Robertson has more chance of winning with his snooker cue than any of the Aussies.
The PLAYERS Championship on TV
According to the bookies, of the 13 Aussies in the field the best chance of a victory is Geoff Ogilvy at $61! When our best golfer is listed at $61 it tells you something about the form of the Australians right now. Robert Allenby’s early great form has waned over the past month and former TPC Champion Adam Scott has shown only minor glimpses of his ability.
More disappointing has been the form of the young brigade. Marc Leishman’s year has been pretty good but has not taken the tour by storm, and Mathew Goggin, James Nitties, Aaron Baddeley and Jason Day would rather be playing snooker.
The intermittent spikes of good golf from the rest of the Aussies has just not been good enough to spark any interest from the bookies. The sole Aussie with any sort of form is Matt Jones. He finished with a top-10 last week at Quail Hollow but at the moment he is not even in the field and hoping for a few more withdrawals as second alternate.
To give you a bit more of an idea of how poorly some of the Australians have been playing, James Nitties and Mathew Goggin are at $301 to win the event.