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PGA Tour: Consummate golf insider releases his selections for 2020 Players Championship

Sal Johnson nailed his season-ending Tour Championship picks and knows what it takes to play well in the PGA Tour's "fifth major" at TPC Sawgrass. Here are his picks for this week's tournament on the Stadium Course in Ponte Vedra Beach.
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The 2020 Players Championship tees off Thursday as the PGA Tour's Florida Swing stages its crown jewel at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach. Before you make any of your 2020 Players Championship picks, you MUST see who Sal Johnson is backing. 

The golf media legend is coming off a strong year. He featured Tiger Woods in his best bets for the Masters and backed Brooks Koepka in his picks for the PGA Championship, and both players pulled off major victories. He completely nailed the season-ending Tour Championship. He predicted that Brooks Koepka, Rory McIlroy or Xander Schauffele could come out on top, and McIlroy won the event for the second time, with Schauffele coming in second and Koepka tied for third. Anyone who followed Johnson's advice saw HUGE returns.

He also knows what it takes to win at TPC Sawgrass. Last year, he pegged McIlroy in his best bets, knowing the 30-year-old was teetering on the edge of victory. The Northern Irishman won the Players by a stroke for his first victory in a season that ended with the FedEx Cup title. At last week's Arnold Palmer Invitational, Johnson also named Tyrrell Hatton as a player who could surprise, and the 28-year-old pulled off his first PGA Tour victory.

Now, Johnson, the first producer of "Inside the PGA Tour," a longtime ABC Sports golf producer and the founder of the world's biggest golf stats database, has issued his highly confident picks for the 2020 Players Championship. They WILL surprise you.

We can tell you Johnson is fading Rickie Fowler this week, even though the fan favorite and 2015 Players champion finished in the top 20 last week at Bay Hill in difficult conditions. The 31-year-old has nine worldwide wins, but has struggled in recent weeks. While Johnson saw improvement in Fowler's game last week, he's not worth backing, even at 33-1.

Instead, Johnson is all over a MONSTER long shot who has consecutive top-five finishes and played well at Sawgrass last year! This 32-year-old has not won on Tour, but has plenty of momentum and could be poised for a SHOCKING victory. Anyone who backs this underdog could hit it BIG!

Who wins the Players Championship? Where do Adam Scott and Tommy Fleetwood finish? And which MONSTER long shot is a MUST-BACK? ... Join SportsLine now to see Sal Johnson's full leaderboard and picks for the Players Championship, all from the insider who nailed the Tour Championship and knows the keys to success at TPC Sawgrass!

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