The Players Championship is often referred to as the fifth major. It’s a big-time event with a star-studded field played at a great course. As a result, it’s a pressure-packed tournament.
Just ask Kevin Na.
Na, if you haven’t watched any of the tournament, is going through an unwatchable case of yips. But not with his putter. With every other club in his bag. These yips are being called a ‘trigger problem’ as Na is unable to pull the club back and make a complete swing in any reasonable amount of time. ¬†Here is one of the more pronounced examples of Na’s trigger problems during yesterday’s round at The Players.
Despite his trigger problems, Kevin Na has a 1 shot lead heading into today’s final round. But oddsmakers don’t think Na, a one-time winner in 10 years on the PGA Tour, is going to hold on to the lead.
At 5Dimes, Na is +263 to win The Players. The favorite is Matt Kuchar, who is 1 shot back of Na, and is +195 to win. Meanwhile, Rickie Fowler, who has sole possession of third place and is 3 shots back, is +380. Zach Johnson is 5 shots back and is +1500 to win.
Some other notes you should consider before betting on the final round:* Of the thirty previous 54 hole leaders at The Players, only 11 have gone on to win the tournament. And only 1 in the past 7 years has held on to a Saturday night lead to win on Sunday. * Of the leaders, Matt Kuchar has the best final round scoring average (70.25) ranking 23rd in that category.¬† * Rickie Fowler has the worst Sunday scoring average at 71.11.¬† * Only once in the past decade has a player come back from 5 shots or more after the third round to win the tournament on the final day.