A strong field, an unpredictable course at Players

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Probably not as many as the PGA Tour officials are hoping.

"My mentality on the golf course I feel will just be the same", he said. And early in the week it was running close to 13 on the Stimpmeter.

"I think that it's definitely a much better hole than it used to be", said Garcia. "I'm a person that can't do four million things at once, and that's what it feels like when you're at the top.it just feels like you're getting pulled in all sorts of directions and it feels like you're suffocating sometimes". "So any sort of speed with anything is going to go in the water".

"If you try and take some chances, and you're not quite on, that's where you get in trouble".

The Pete Dye course is a Par 72 listed at 7,215 yards in length last year, but that yardage will be a little different this year. On the other side, half of the holes have had a score in double digits. The slope was adjusted the following year.

"You ain't got no room to bail out anywhere on 16, 17 or 18", Boo Weekley said.

"As far as being able to win back-to-back, I wouldn't put it past Jason".

Therein lies the reward.

Day effectively reached what he refers to as "base camp" in February when Dustin Johnson replaced him at No. 1. If I get it in play then I can let my irons and my short game do the work. "So it will be interesting to see how the guys approach it".

Often known as the Tour's 5th major, THE PLAYERS Championship in mid-May kick off the summer stint of the season. Mostly success, given player and fan reaction.

"This is a big tournament ..."

Sergio Garcia of Spain watches his tee shot on the 10th hole during a practice round for The Players Championship golf tournament Wednesday
A strong field, an unpredictable course at Players

The best of it from the GolfSixes, in my opinion?

I saw the new 12th hole for the first time and it is an interesting driveable par-four. "It's a good living out here, I must admit".

As compelling as some of those playoff events can be, they are typically dwarfed in interest by the start of the football seasons. He should find his way into your lineups when you need to dig a little lower on the pricing. He has missed the cut the Players two of the past here years. Don't hold your breath. Don't watch the Players looking for Brian Harman to beat Rahm down the stretch.

"I am not asking for faster rounds, but that doesn't mean that I and we are not focused on pace of play", said PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan during his Tuesday press conference at TPC Sawgrass.

Monahan added that the tour is in a "comprehensive review" of all of its pace-of-play policies and that it's a topic that is being discussed by the Player Advisory Council as well.

"The course you see this year is the best you're ever going to see it". It is a course that demands a lot out of your game, the Championship produces great winners and you can't argue with that. Responsible for some unbelievable wins as well as a few disastrous endings, just ask Sean O'Hair and Sergio Garcia! But he has proven capable of hitting some big shots. When he won the John Deere Classic three years ago, he did so making three straight birdies to win by one over Zach Johnson.

For 35 years, it played at 358 yards and was the easiest par 4 on the course. He has not played well at TPC Sawgrass in his career, but he has not been locked in like this.

Where have you gone Patrick Reed? Since the beginning of 2015, he has made 76 starts, not including a few events that don't count toward his world ranking.

Since the inception of the Players Championship in 1974 no player has successfully defended the title, with only six players managing to win the prestigious event a few times.

The Players is such an important tournament. For an event that has been around since 1974, it's wonderful there hasn't been a single back-to-back victor. Kaymer is eight for eight with cuts at TPC Sawgrass since 2009, including a win in 2014 and two additional top fives. With that in mind, you might as throw a dart at the board. My pick? Jordan Spieth. He contended at the Masters and was in the mix in New Orleans.

There's no such curse at the Players Championship, which is good news for Rickie Fowler, who aced the course's iconic par-3 17th hole on Wednesday ahead of this year's contest. Don't expect that to happen this year.

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