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Preview: THE PLAYERS Championship

 

Donald, McIlroy face off in long battle for No. 1

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Golf's world ranking has been more like a game of musical chairs with the most turnover at the top in the 26-year history of the ranking. Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald would like the music to stop playing for good sometime this year, the sooner the better. And both want the same outcome.

``Hopefully,'' Donald said Wednesday, raising his hand, ``it will be me.''

McIlroy said the same last week at Quail Hollow, where his playoff loss at the Wells Fargo Championship was enough for him to return to No. 1 for the third time this year.

Donald has a chance to take it back from him this week at The Players Championship, which offers the most world ranking points of any tournament besides the majors. They already have taken turns at the top six times in the last 10 weeks.

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PLAYERS Champ field
Blake AdamsRobert AllenbyArjun Atwal
Aaron BaddeleySang-Moon BaeBriny Baird
Ricky BarnesMatt BettencourtKris Blanks
Keegan BradleyMichael BradleyJonathan Byrd
Angel CabreraChad CampbellPaul Casey
Bud CauleyGreg ChalmersKevin Chappell
K.J. ChoiStewart CinkTim Clark
Chris CouchBen CraneBen Curtis
Brian DavisJason DayGraham DeLaet
Chris DiMarcoLuke DonaldJames Driscoll
Jason DufnerKen DukeSimon Dyson
Ernie ElsHarris EnglishBob Estes
Matt EveryRickie FowlerHarrison Frazar
Jim FurykTommy GaineySergio Garcia
Robert GarrigusBrian GayTom Gillis
Lucas GloverRetief GoosenBill Haas
Hunter HaasPeter HansonBrian Harman
Padraig HarringtonDavid HearnJ.J. Henry
Tim HerronCharley HoffmanJ.B. Holmes
Charles Howell IIIJohn HuhRyuji Imada
Trevor ImmelmanFredrik JacobsonBrandt Jobe
Zach JohnsonSung KangRobert Karlsson
Martin KaymerJerry KellyJ.J. Killeen
Chris KirkColt KnostMatt Kuchar
Martin LairdMarc LeishmanJustin Leonard
Spencer LevinDavis Love IIIJeff Maggert
Hunter MahanJohn MallingerDavid Mathis
Troy MattesonBilly MayfairGraeme McDowell
Rory McIlroyGeorge McNeillJohn Merrick
Phil MickelsonBryce MolderFrancesco Molinari
Ryan MooreKevin NaSean O'Hair
Nick O'HernJoe OgilvieGeoff Ogilvy
Louis OosthuizenJeff OvertonRyan Palmer
Rod PamplingPat PerezTom Pernice, Jr.
Carl PetterssonScott PiercyIan Poulter
Alvaro QuirosChez ReavieJohn Rollins
Andres RomeroJustin RoseRory Sabbatini
Adam ScottJohn SendenWebb Simpson
Vijay SinghHeath SlocumBrandt Snedeker
Kevin StadlerScott StallingsKyle Stanley
Brendan SteeleHenrik StensonKevin Streelman
Steve StrickerChris StroudJosh Teater
Michael ThompsonDavid TomsD.J. Trahan
Cameron TringaleBo Van PeltJhonattan Vegas
Scott VerplankCamilo VillegasJohnson Wagner
Jimmy WalkerNick WatneyLee Westwood
Charlie WiMark WilsonGary Woodland
Tiger WoodsY.E. YangBrendon de Jonge
Strength of field
World RankPlayersNo. in Field
TOP 10Rory McIlroy (1),Luke Donald (2),Tiger Woods (3),Justin Rose (4),Louis Oosthuizen (5),Lee Westwood (6),Adam Scott (7),Jason Dufner (9),Brandt Snedeker (10)9
TOP 25Webb Simpson (11),Keegan Bradley (12),Ian Poulter (13),Graeme McDowell (14),Phil Mickelson (15),Steve Stricker (16),Nick Watney (17),Peter Hanson (18),Matt Kuchar (19),Sergio Garcia (20),Bo Van Pelt (22),Ernie Els (24),Zach Johnson (25)13
TOP 50Hunter Mahan (26),Jim Furyk (27),Martin Kaymer (28),Francesco Molinari (30),Rickie Fowler (31),Carl Pettersson (32),Bill Haas (34),Jason Day (37),John Senden (38),Robert Garrigus (39),Ryan Moore (40),David Toms (41),Scott Piercy (42),K.J. Choi (48)14
TOP 100Geoff Ogilvy (56),Fredrik Jacobson (58),Henrik Stenson (60),Padraig Harrington (61),Simon Dyson (63),Martin Laird (64),Greg Chalmers (65),Kevin Na (66),Sang-Moon Bae (67),Bud Cauley (69),John Huh (70),Kyle Stanley (74),Aaron Baddeley (75),Vijay Singh (79),Ben Crane (80),Brendon de Jonge (81),Ben Curtis (82),Alvaro Quiros (84),Jonathan Byrd (85),Michael Thompson (86),Marc Leishman (89),Mark Wilson (90),Tim Clark (91),Jeff Overton (98),Y.E. Yang (99)25
Course: TPC Sawgrass, Par 72 | Yardage: 7133
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10442414423
11555825532
12435833177
13318144384
14448154471
15444964393
16552374442
17313783237
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