Golf’s unofficial fifth Major will tee up this weekend with The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. This will be one of the first times since the Masters that we see the majority of golf’s biggest names. Of course, when Tiger Woods is involved, there will always be drama.
Woods was involved in some more headlines this week, as he and girlfriend Lindsey Vonn announced their split via social media earlier in the week. Personal troubles have haunted Tiger before, as his well-documented 2008 saga, for instance, threw him way off course. Woods will need to put this aside if he is to continue the momentum that he played with at the Masters.
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Woods and the rest of the field should be very afraid of Rory McIlroy this weekend, as the world’s No. 1 player eclipsed victory in last weekend’s WGC Cadillac Match-Play tournament. Any time this young star gets going, the competition is in trouble because he very well might be the most talented player on tour.
PGA veteran Jim Furyk will look to take home his first Players Championship in his hometown of Ponte Vedra Beach. Furyk finished second in the Players last season, and has made 15 of 19 cuts at TPC Sawgrass in his career. Although he’s never won, few golfers have experienced the steady play of Furyk on this golf course.
Jordan Spieth will look to recapture his Masters magic this weekend, as the youngster is coming off an early exit from last weekend’s Match-Play tournament. Spieth became the second-youngest player to win a Masters, and will look to add a Players Championship to his already sterling resume.
Although this tournament is not officially a Major, the golfers on tour generally treat it as such. This tournament is crucial, and TPC Sawgrass will likely present extreme challenges giving its unexpected twists and turns. Other than the four weekends that involve a Major, this is still recognized as one of the better weekends of the PGA season.