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Preview: THE PLAYERS Championship

 

Adam Scott tries to return to earth

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) The worst thing about returning to golf for Adam Scott is that he had to leave the green jacket behind.

In the three weeks since becoming the first Australian to win the Masters, Scott says he has walked to his closet each morning and slipped on the green jacket. He left that behind at his home in the Bahamas. Now it's back to golf at The Players Championship.

Scott spent a few days in New York after winning the Masters, and the rest of the time he has been on an island. He says he was tempted to go home to Australia to celebrate, but he is reminding himself that the season is still young. He wants to win more majors.

The Players Championship gets under way Thursday with the strongest field in golf.

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PLAYERS Champ field
Robert AllenbyAaron BaddeleySang-Moon Bae
Ricky BarnesCharlie BeljanJonas Blixt
Jason BohnKeegan BradleyScott Brown
Jonathan ByrdAngel CabreraChad Campbell
Roberto CastroBud CauleyGreg Chalmers
Kevin ChappellK.J. ChoiStewart Cink
Tim ClarkWill ClaxtonErik Compton
Ben CraneBen CurtisJoe Daley
Brian DavisJason DayGraham DeLaet
Luke DonaldJames DriscollJason Dufner
Ken DukeErnie ElsHarris English
Derek ErnstMatt EveryGonzalo Fernandez-Castano
Martin FloresRickie FowlerJim Furyk
Tommy GaineySergio GarciaRobert Garrigus
Brian GayTom GillisLucas Glover
Branden GraceLuke GuthrieBill Haas
James HahnPeter HansonBrian Harman
Padraig HarringtonDavid HearnRussell Henley
J.J. HenryTim HerronCharley Hoffman
Billy HorschelCharles Howell IIIJohn Huh
Fredrik JacobsonDustin JohnsonZach Johnson
Matt JonesMartin KaymerJerry Kelly
Chris KirkColt KnostJason Kokrak
Matt KucharMartin LairdScott Langley
Richard H. LeeMarc LeishmanJustin Leonard
David LingmerthDavis Love IIIDavid Lynn
Jeff MaggertHunter MahanDavid Mathis
Troy MattesonGraeme McDowellWilliam McGirt
Rory McIlroyGeorge McNeillJohn Merrick
Phil MickelsonBryce MolderFrancesco Molinari
Ryan MooreSeung-yul NohSean O'Hair
Geoff OgilvyThorbjorn OlesenLouis Oosthuizen
Jeff OvertonGreg OwenRyan Palmer
Pat PerezCarl PetterssonScott Piercy
D.A. PointsTed Potter, Jr.Ian Poulter
Dicky PrideJohn RollinsAndres Romero
Justin RoseRory SabbatiniCharl Schwartzel
Adam ScottJohn SendenWebb Simpson
Vijay SinghBrandt SnedekerKevin Stadler
Scott StallingsKyle StanleyBrendan Steele
Henrik StensonKevin StreelmanSteve Stricker
Chris StroudBrian StuardDaniel Summerhays
Josh TeaterMichael ThompsonNicholas Thompson
David TomsCameron TringaleBo Van Pelt
Johnson WagnerJimmy WalkerNick Watney
Bubba WatsonBoo WeekleyLee Westwood
Charlie WiMark WilsonCasey Wittenberg
Tiger WoodsY.E. YangBrendon de Jonge
Strength of field
World RankPlayersNo. in Field
TOP 10Tiger Woods (1),Adam Scott (2),Phil Mickelson (3),Henrik Stenson (4),Justin Rose (5),Rory McIlroy (6),Steve Stricker (7),Matt Kuchar (8),Brandt Snedeker (9),Jason Dufner (10)10
TOP 25Zach Johnson (11),Graeme McDowell (12),Jim Furyk (13),Luke Donald (14),Keegan Bradley (15),Jason Day (16),Sergio Garcia (17),Lee Westwood (18),Charl Schwartzel (19),Ian Poulter (20),Dustin Johnson (22),Ernie Els (23),Webb Simpson (24),Bubba Watson (25)14
TOP 50Hunter Mahan (26),Nick Watney (27),Bill Haas (28),Louis Oosthuizen (29),Graham DeLaet (32),Rickie Fowler (33),Jonas Blixt (34),Billy Horschel (35),Kevin Streelman (36),Martin Kaymer (37),Branden Grace (38),Peter Hanson (39),Scott Piercy (40),Bo Van Pelt (42),Ryan Moore (45),Francesco Molinari (47),Boo Weekley (48),Thorbjorn Olesen (49),D.A. Points (50)19
TOP 100Angel Cabrera (51),David Lynn (53),Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (55),Michael Thompson (57),Robert Garrigus (58),Martin Laird (60),Marc Leishman (61),Brendon de Jonge (63),Jimmy Walker (64),Roberto Castro (65),Tim Clark (66),Carl Pettersson (70),Russell Henley (72),Harris English (73),Fredrik Jacobson (77),John Merrick (78),Kyle Stanley (82),John Huh (83),Scott Stallings (84),Ken Duke (86),David Lingmerth (88),Luke Guthrie (89),Chris Kirk (90),David Toms (91),Charles Howell III (92),Ryan Palmer (93),Kevin Chappell (95),Geoff Ogilvy (97),Padraig Harrington (98),Matt Jones (99)30
Course: TPC Sawgrass, Par 72 | Yardage: 7103
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