Paul Casey (back) withdraws from Players Championship

Si-woo Kim continues to grow after 2017 Players win

It's gonna take a major championship-like performance to claim victory this week, as it always does.

Paul McGinley and Butch Harmon evaluate the chances of an in-form Jason Day landing a second Players Championship title. Out of nowhere, Craig Perks won in 2002.

Spieth has yet to win in Ponte Vedra.

The next step is having a chance on Sunday. I'm playing well, my game's in good shape. It's a Pete Dye design at it's finest, you can't beat this course with brute force.

1pt win Zach Johnson 60/1: its been a long time since he won the British Open but he loves Sawgrass, its all about iron play and he's the best.

Speaking after a media event to showcase The First Tee Experience family pavilion at the golf tournament, Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan said Monday he hopes groundbreaking for the headquarters will take place in late June or July.

McIlroy is not alone in his struggles.

But, given the incredible strength of the field, the more likely outcome would be a first-time victor, with McIlroy, Spieth and Thomas all going for their maiden victories. What's the plan to make my par and move on?' The last couple years I just haven't had that patience. The best was tied 26th at the Genesis Open. The Tour made some dramatic changes to the 2018-19 calendar, with the biggest moving the PGA Championship, now the last of the four major championships and played in August, to May next year. "We didn't know it could be played that way, and they both have done it". He hasn't played since The Masters, where he finished third.

Woods made the cut for the final day but was unable to challenge for the Green Jacket as he finished one-over par. It's most likely because his win was way back in 2009, but he's still been effective at Sawgrass since then. He also seems to have this place figured out as his finishing positions have gotten better in each appearance since his first missed cut at this course. But he has been perplexed by the Stadium Course, just like so many others. "Pretty much anyone in the field, if they play well that week, they're going to win". A bomber like Phil won in 2007.

The purse has been raised to $11 million, with the victor getting just under $2 million for a week's work. They are both in the field this week and their form suggest they could again make a run for it against a field which is one of the strongest ever in the history of this event.

"We look at this tournament up there in about equal value with the major championships", said Spieth.

McIlroy left Quail Hollow with a mixture of frustration with the topsy-turvy nature of his scoring - 68-76-66-71 - but also a degree of optimism about the immediate future and an observation that he knows what needs fixing in the coming days. From the outside looking in, people think it is not too bad while others will think it looks really hard. "So if I want to keep it, I have to play well". You have to be on in all aspects of your game, and I would say it's right up there with the toughest to win for anyone.

Mickelson and Woods will have 2015 champion Rickie Fowler for company, while Spieth, Thomas and McIlroy are together in another of the headline groups.

The forecast is for warm temperatures, which should translate into a firm, fast course.

"There's a talent base that's all over the U.S.", Dawkins said.

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