PGA Tour This Week: Players Championship Cheat Sheet

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1. When: May 11 - 14, 2017
2. Location: Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA
3. Course: TPC Sawgrass, Stadium Course - 7,215 yards, Par 72
4. Money on the line: The $10.5 million purse is the largest of any non-major
5. Storyline: This year the tournament will be even more intriguing than usual, after a renovation over the past year that saw changes to the 6th, 7th, and 12th holes, in addition to a rebuild of the course’s greens and bunkers. Jason Day will defend his 2016 title against a stout field of the world’s best

6. POWER RANKINGS: THE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP




1 Rory McIlroy Rory McIlroy
Seven straight top 10s in stroke-play events since September. Would lead TOUR in several stats if qualified. Three top 10s and T12 in last four PLAYERS; 70.06 scoring average.
2 Sergio Garcia Sergio Garcia
THE PLAYERS all-time earnings leader has rested since Masters breakthrough. How's that for converging trends? Second in adjusted scoring, fifth in bogey avoidance.
3 Justin Rose Justin Rose
Rested since missing Zurich cut (with Henrik Stenson). Handled playoff loss at Masters admirably. As confident as ever. Thirteen starts here include T4 (2014) and T19 (2016).
4 Rickie Fowler Rickie Fowler
Can't rule out distractions of defending last year; he MC'd. Overall strong since late October upon arrival this time. Tops on TOUR in adjusted scoring; T7 in bogey avoidance.
5 Martin Kaymer Martin Kaymer
The 2014 champ is perfect in eight appearances. He's also gone 14 months without a missed cut. His 2017 slate includes a pair of T4s among seven top 25s worldwide.
6 Jordan Spieth Jordan Spieth
He's 0-for-2 since a T4 in 2014 debut here. That's the effect of TPC Sawgrass in a microcosm. Sits third in adjusted scoring, T2 in proximity and second in bogey avoidance.
7 Justin Thomas Justin Thomas
Has embraced the challenge here with a T24 (2015) and T3 (2016) in only trips. Has already spun a pair of 65s here, too. Leads TOUR in birdie-or-better percentage.
8 Hideki Matsuyama Hideki Matsuyama
No top 10s since defending WMPO title, but he hasn't slumped, either. Leads TOUR in par-5 scoring; also ninth in adjusted scoring. T23-T17-T7 at TPC Sawgrass.
9 Jason Day Jason Day
The 2016 champ is still looking to right the ship after a personally challenging open to 2017. This latest opportunity to defend is a proper trigger to simplify his focus.
10 Dustin Johnson Dustin Johnson
He's 6-for-8 here but has yet to record a top 25. Never in better form, though. Leads TOUR in strokes gained: tee-to-green, GIR and bogey avoidance. T2 in proximity.
11 Adam Scott Adam Scott
Call him comfortably efficient at TPC Sawgrass. Since 2012, he's 5-for-5 with three top 20s. Relatively quiet 2016-17 shadows rank of 17th in adjusted scoring.
12 Matt Kuchar Matt Kuchar
THE PLAYERS champ in 2012 has five top 20s in his last eight trips. T3 last year. Tied for fourth at the Masters; T11 at Harbour Town. Ranks ninth in scrambling.
13 Brooks Koepka Brooks Koepka
Third appearance. Sat 8-under at last year's midpoint. T9 at Match Play ended slump; T11-2nd-T5 since. Second in birdie-or-better percentage; T2 in par-5 scoring.
14 Kevin Kisner Kevin Kisner
Ran out of magic at Eagle Point, but he's been dynamite otherwise for months. In short, he's regained balance throughout his bag. Lost in a playoff in his debut here in 2015.
15 Jon Rahm Jon Rahm
Only tournament debutant on this page. Course will test his patience. Second in strokes gained: tee-to-green and 15th in bogey avoidance. Fresh off solo fourth at Wells Fargo.
16 Francesco Molinari Francesco Molinari
Eagle Point exposed his weakness, but the ball-striker still managed another top 25. He's just 3-for-6 at TPC Sawgrass, but has three top 10s, including last two starts.
17 Paul Casey Paul Casey
Overcoming strange, second-round woes since January with five top 20s, including solo sixth at the Masters. Sixth in bogey avoidance; T20 in par-5 scoring. T23 here last year.
18 Kevin Chappell Kevin Chappell
Recent breakthrough in San Antonio followed the harbinger that was a T7 at the Masters. Runner-up in his sixth appearance in last year's PLAYERS.
19 Graeme McDowell Graeme McDowell
Remains dangerous just off the radar. Eight top 30s in 2017. Seventh in fairways hit, 11th in strokes gained: putting. Personal-best T9 among nine tries last year.
20 Lee Westwood Lee Westwood
Statistically uninspiring but his results demand our attention. The career ball-striker has four top 20s in 2017. He also logged top 10s here in 2010, 2013 and 2014.

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