The world No. 1 Rory McIlroy is knocking a lot lately — perhaps he’s aiming for a repeat at TPC Sawgrass. He’s finished in the top five in his last seven events — winning twice. He was prime for wins in Mexico and Orlando, but faded like a Lee Trevino seven iron. The gambling folks like the Northern Irishman — he opens as the favorite at 6-1 to win this weekend in Ponte Vedre Beach. This is the first edition of The Players since the passing of Architect Pete Dye in January.
- Rory McIlroy: 6/1
- Jon Rahm: 12/1
- Justin Thomas: 18/1
- Bryson DeChambeau: 20/1
- Dustin Johnson: 22/1
Course: TPC Sawgrass
Architect: Pete Dye
Defending Champion: Rory McIlroy
Prize Money/First Place: $15 million/$2.7 million
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, USA
TV Coverage: Thursday and Friday (Golf Channel), Saturday and Sunday (NBC)
Notables Not in the Field: Tiger Woods, Kelly Kraft and Jonas Blixt
First-timers: Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Dylan Frittelli, Lanto Griffin, Jazz Janewattananond, Matthew Wolff, Collin Morikawa, Joaquin Niemann, Victor Perez, Adam Schenk, Roger Sloan, Sepp Straka, Sam Burns, Max Homa, Viktor Hovland, Nate Lashley, K.H. Lee, Sebastian Muñoz, Scottie Scheffler and Erik van Rooyen
Alternates: Brendan Steele, Harry Higgs, Maverick McNealy, Xinjun Zhang, Scott Harrington, Matthew NeSmith, Robby Shelton, Zac Blair, Henrick Norlander and Cameron Davis
Anyone can play the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass, however a stay at he Marriot is required. A one night stay and play from March 17 – May 31 starts at around $700 and includes breakfast at TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse.