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Rory McIlroy puts his driver away for The Players Championship at Sawgrass

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Rory McIlroy puts his driver away for The Players Championship at Sawgrass

There's a chance he could exit TPC Sawgrass as the World No. 4. The club's members still need to officially vote, but WXYZ has learned votes have passed in previous attempts to land the PGA Tour. It ranges from Greg Norman to Lee Janzen, from Tiger Woods to Craig Perks, from Henrik Stenson to Tim Clark.

Just six golfers have won the PLAYERS multiple times.

The next step is having a chance on Sunday.

Woods is around a 33/1 betting outsider at the TPC Sawgrass, a course where he twice has won the PGA Tour's flagship event - in 2001 and again in 2013. "I want to prove to myself that 2018 can be a really good season, and I've got a lot of time to do so". It's a Pete Dye design at it's finest, you can't beat this course with brute force.

Day, who won The Players Championship by four strokes in 2016, said: "I think that the short game is where it needs to be".

"This is a tournament I struggled with starting out", he said.

Spieth, meanwhile, played for the first time in 2014 and didn't make a bogey until the 59th hole of the tournament. He tied for fourth.

"Personally, I like this grass type better", said Jordan Spieth, who has only played the tournament in May.

Since then the Northern Irishman has finished eighth, sixth, eighth and 12th before a tie for 35th place a year ago.

Last year, St. Johns County Commissioners approved $2.8 million in incentives for the $81 million project.

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When it comes to the big tournaments he tends to hit his peak, too, as in his recent form tied 12th at The Masters and third in the Arnold Palmer Invitational tends to suggest.

Rickie Fowler expects it to be "crazy" playing alongside Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods for the opening two rounds of The Players Championship.

With all eyes on Fowler in that 2015 playoff, he dropped his tee shot at the par-3 17th to 5 feet and made birdie on the famed island green. It is a measure of his ability that he somehow found a way to win at Sawgrass on two occasions but those wins came when he was sharp and there remains an element of ring rust about his game. If he doesn't, he could easily miss the cut. He has finished out of the top 20 in just over half his appearances, some of those when he was the most dominant player in golf. - In an effort to reverse his slide down the world rankings in time to make the U.S. Open, Adam Scott has returned to a familiar piece of equipment. There's a lot of golf to play. "We're all playing from basically the same spots off the tees with our approach shots". If only the same could be said of McIlroy, who has turned into a real Jekyll and Hyde on the greens.

The purse has been raised to $11 million, with the victor getting just under $2 million for a week's work. "There's a lot of holes where we've got to fly it on and stop it". A win in Florida against every golfer inside the world's top 50 would certainly improve Lowry's current world ranking of 82nd place.

First, they have to figure out Sawgrass.

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. "I think it will enhance this tournament even more". "You know, when I was trying to deal with the nerve in my back and trying to come back and trying to play and I wasn't very good, he always texted me some very encouraging words". This brings me to my last (and most important) point...

"The course is set up for where, if you hit a quality shot, it's going to reward you, and if you don't you're going to be penalised".

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

"It's hard to dominate because the talent level is so good", Johnson said.

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