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Preview: THE PLAYERS Championship

 

An island unto itself at Players Championship

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) The Players Championship has all the ingredients of the fifth biggest tournament in golf.

It has the largest purse of any tournament at $9.5 million, with the winner getting nearly as much as Arnold Palmer earned in his PGA Tour career. From top to bottom, it has the strongest field of the year. The list of winners in 30 years at the TPC Sawgrass includes Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.

But to all fans, and most players, mention the tournament and the first thing that comes to mind is an island.

The Players Championship begins Thursday, and there will be a steady stream of traffic through the gates and toward the 17th hole, with an island green that makes it one of the most infamous holes in the world.

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PLAYERS Champ field
Blake AdamsRobert AllenbyStephen Ames
Stuart ApplebyArjun AtwalAaron Baddeley
Ricky BarnesCameron BeckmanMatt Bettencourt
Kris BlanksJason BohnKeegan Bradley
Michael BradleyJonathan ByrdAngel Cabrera
Chad CampbellPaul CaseyAlex Cejka
Greg ChalmersKevin ChappellK.J. Choi
Stewart CinkTim ClarkChad Collins
Michael ConnellChris CouchBen Crane
Ben CurtisBrian DavisJason Day
Luke DonaldJason DufnerJoe Durant
David DuvalErnie ElsRoss Fisher
Rickie FowlerJim FurykTommy Gainey
Sergio GarciaRobert GarrigusBrian Gay
Lucas GloverRetief GoosenPaul Goydos
Bill HaasHunter HaasPeter Hanson
Padraig HarringtonJ.P. HayesJ.J. Henry
Charley HoffmanJ.B. HolmesCharles Howell III
Ryuji ImadaTrevor ImmelmanFredrik Jacobson
Brandt JobeDustin JohnsonZach Johnson
Matt JonesRobert KarlssonMartin Kaymer
Jerry KellyAnthony KimChris Kirk
Matt KucharMartin LairdDerek Lamely
Marc LeishmanJustin LeonardSpencer Levin
Davis Love IIIBill LundeHunter Mahan
Matteo ManasseroSteve MarinoTroy Matteson
Graeme McDowellRocco MediateTroy Merritt
Shaun MicheelPhil MickelsonBryce Molder
Edoardo MolinariFrancesco MolinariRyan Moore
Kevin NaSean O'HairNick O'Hern
Mark O'MearaGeoff OgilvyLouis Oosthuizen
Jeff OvertonRyan PalmerCorey Pavin
Pat PerezKenny PerryTim Petrovic
Carl PetterssonD.A. PointsIan Poulter
Alex PrughAlvaro QuirosChris Riley
John RollinsAndres RomeroJustin Rose
Rory SabbatiniCharl SchwartzelAdam Scott
John SendenMichael SimWebb Simpson
Vijay SinghHeath SlocumBrandt Snedeker
Kevin StadlerBrendan SteeleHenrik Stenson
Kevin StreelmanSteve StrickerChris Stroud
Kevin SutherlandVaughn TaylorJosh Teater
David TomsD.J. TrahanBo Van Pelt
Jhonattan VegasScott VerplankCamilo Villegas
Johnson WagnerJimmy WalkerNick Watney
Bubba WatsonBoo WeekleyCharlie Wi
Garrett WillisDean WilsonMark Wilson
Gary WoodlandTiger WoodsY.E. Yang
Brendon de Jonge 
Strength of field
World RankPlayersNo. in Field
TOP 10Luke Donald (1),Martin Kaymer (4),Adam Scott (5),Steve Stricker (6),Dustin Johnson (7),Jason Day (8),Charl Schwartzel (9),Webb Simpson (10)8
TOP 25Matt Kuchar (11),Nick Watney (12),Graeme McDowell (13),Phil Mickelson (14),K.J. Choi (15),Ian Poulter (16),Justin Rose (17),Sergio Garcia (18),Hunter Mahan (19),Paul Casey (20),Bubba Watson (21),Alvaro Quiros (22),Tiger Woods (23),Robert Karlsson (24)14
TOP 50David Toms (26),Bill Haas (27),Bo Van Pelt (28),Keegan Bradley (31),Rickie Fowler (32),Jason Dufner (33),Geoff Ogilvy (36),Zach Johnson (37),Brandt Snedeker (38),Louis Oosthuizen (39),Fredrik Jacobson (40),Francesco Molinari (41),Peter Hanson (42),John Senden (43),Y.E. Yang (45),Aaron Baddeley (46),Martin Laird (47),Jim Furyk (48)18
TOP 100Gary Woodland (52),Retief Goosen (53),Ben Crane (54),Ernie Els (55),Jonathan Byrd (56),Ryan Moore (57),Matteo Manassero (58),Robert Allenby (59),Greg Chalmers (61),Mark Wilson (62),Vijay Singh (63),Edoardo Molinari (64),Lucas Glover (68),Kevin Na (70),Rory Sabbatini (71),Ryan Palmer (73),Jeff Overton (74),Anthony Kim (76),Charles Howell III (77),Sean O'Hair (79),Charley Hoffman (82),Padraig Harrington (85),Camilo Villegas (87),Tim Clark (90),Scott Verplank (91),Spencer Levin (94),Steve Marino (95),Tommy Gainey (96),Ross Fisher (98),Chris Kirk (99)30
Course: TPC Sawgrass, Par 72 | Yardage: 7104
HoleParYardageHoleParYardage
10442414423
11555825532
12435833177
13318144384
14448154471
15444964393
16552374442
17313783237
18446295583