It takes place at TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
It is from Thursday-Sunday. The Defending Champion is Jason Day.
The T.V schedule (EST)
Thursday & Friday 1-7 p.m. (Golf Channel)
Saturday & Sunday 2-7 p.m. (NBC)
The stadium at TPC Sawgrass has been revamped and now awaits the most competitive field in all of golf this week as the PGA Tour’s premiere event in the 2017 Players Championship begins. The past few years have been thrilling. From Martin Kaymer’s crazy close to Rickie Fowler’s assault on No. 17 to Jason Day’s triumph, this tournament seems to deliver the goods come what may.
The champions of this tournament are varied in both number of wins & style of play. 5 golfers I think are most likely to take home this year’s tournament are
- Rory McLlroy:
He has finished in the top 12 here in each of the last 4 seasons including 3 straight top 10s. It is fascinated to think about the next phase of his career which will include a marriage & a brand-new equipment deal. He was cool as a cucumber in the Tuesday press conference and he used the word “settled”, numerous times, which is a frightening thought for some of the best players in the world.
- Dustin Johnson:
He does not have a good track record here (no top 25’s), but who would bet against him here. Johnson has only lost to 3 golfers in the last 3 months (5 total tournaments) & the Stadium Course would fit nicely in his collection of monster tracks (few this year). I would put him even more distance between himself & McIlroy at the top of the Official World Golf Rankings.
- Sergio Garcia:
He is the wild card for me this week. Garcia last played in the Masters, but his success here is well known. He is the all-time earnings leader at The Players & has a win & a loss in a playoff. He recently said that his career does not end at the Masters, which is true. This week the question is,will that win, be tearing down of a dam or if there will be a hangover from so much time off and a (much deserved) green jacket world tour.
- Justin Thomas:
He could have won this event in the previous year in just his 2nd trip. He is coming off a T22 at the Masters & a T5 at the Zurich Classic team event. Despite his prolific early career success, Thomas still looks for a signature win to stamp his superstardom. It will come eventually in the form of a Players Championship or probably a major. The question is whether it will be this weekend.
- Jordon Spieth:
Spieth nearly won this tournament back in 2014 but has missed 2 cuts since then. Spieth has only missed 1 cut all season (11 events) & otherwise has not finished outside the top 30. He is currently in the top 15 on the PGA Tour in strokes gained tee to green & is hitting it really well after a semi-down year with his iron play last season. He has the mental strenght to stay engaged for 72 holes here, which is paramount on a course that can be frustrating and virulent.
Well, let us see how it goes, but do not forget to tune in for live action.