There are just 23 players in the 144-man field who have played in March and May. But that's created value on the same pro who finished second at the Honda Classic earlier this month and already has a win at the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges during the 2018-19 PGA Tour season.
A bunch of players who have not done too well in May are now looking at March for a change in fortunes. It was high on champion Dustin Johnson at the 2019 WGC-Mexico Championship, projecting him as one of the top two contenders from the start.
This week's Players is Taylor's 11 start at the Tour's flagship event.
With sports betting no longer illegal in the United States, one offshore site has put up an over/under (37 1/2) on the number of balls that will end up in the water on No. 17. "We will wait and find out and then there is likely to the breeze", he said cautiously.
"The Players is a really important tournament but as much as they want it to be a major it's never going to be on that same level". Kentucky-based Matt Killen was with during a nine-hole practice round. It's softer, it's longer, the rough's a little bit deeper but it's still playable. His take: "Different grass conditions". The greens could get really fast in May. And this might be a course like that as well, where it's just hard to see the right shot, hard to read the greens.More news: Facebook's Chief Product Officer and Head of WhatsApp Just Left the Company
"I've been between 6-iron and 5-iron on 17 to hit the shot", Tiger Woods said.
Tiger Woods, right, talks with Matt Killen, the putting coach of Justin Thomas, who is working with Woods the week, during a practice round of The Players Championship golf tournament, Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. If you think a lot of balls drown when they hit wedges, just wait.
"It's a serious event, on a serious golf course with a serious field". That's probably the biggest difference.
Surprisingly, most golfers were pretty receptive to the news albeit disappointed.
However, the final word goes to Henrik Stenson. He's also a great weekend player, when the pressure is truly on, scoring under par in all third and fourth rounds in his last 10 Tour appearances.More news: Flu season is not over yet
Can't get enough golf? However, I think I've nearly secured my card for next season, so it releases some stress a little bit and this will allow me to play my own game. That was kind of sweet as toffee, hot as coffee. And we are not going to be playing by our own rules.
The traffic inspector, after some "finding out", realised who "Stenson" was and "where" he was coming from.
"But I don't think we need to make it an official major".
That's exactly the prank that awaited a handful of golfers this week... "I don't understand what to think of the USGA anymore. That Sunday made up for a speeding ticket".More news: House votes to release Robert Mueller's Russian Federation report