A strong field, an unpredictable course at Players

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"I did give myself some opportunities coming in, but unfortunately, I just had a couple of mistakes", said Day, aiming to become the first repeat victor in Players history.

Noren has one top-10 finish on the season, where he finished tied for fifth at the World Golf Championships - Dell Technologies Match Play.

Jordan Spieth was asked why, when the conversations turns to the best player in the world, he is not mentioned more often because he doesn't possess the power and length that current No. 1 Dustin Johnson, Day or Rory McIlroy do. Putting the 2017 M2 Driver and M2 Tour Fairway Woods in his bag.

Garcia returns to Sawgrass on the crest of a wave after finally ending his waiting for his first major victory, beating Justin Rose in a thrilling climax to The Masters at Augusta in April.

TPC Sawgrass changed the grass on every green, including the famous island par-3 seventeenth. "Obviously, the conditions, we'll have to wait and see the conditions". Discussing the new 12th, Spieth said in a press conference, "Well I lipped out for a 1 today and had about six feet, and Michael [Greller, his caddie] said that was the worst thing you could have done because now I believe I can do it each time". "It's a good living out here, I must admit". He has three wins on the year with a total of seven top-10 finishes in eight events. He said the meeting was relatively uneventful, but he got to shake hands with his favorite golfer, who thanked him for picking him up. "When it's there, I usually play some very, very good golf".

The PGA Tour's has one huge tournament to anchor each month in the heart of the golf season from March-September.

"For a moment there after I lost my number one world ranking, I kind of lost the desire to be there, and I think it was just because I was mentally burnt out from everything that had gone on", said Day. The victor of the last 10 Players Championships has posted a 16th or better at Sawgrass before winning.

"That's what I'm trying to focus on, getting back to that winning form, getting back to the workload that I was doing and the practice and the work ethic, and hopefully the results will come after that".

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How could we not include the current world number one on the list to watch this weekend?

The 15-time PGA Tour victor won his last three starts prior to his return at the Wells Fargo Championship (Genesis Open, WGC-Mexico Championship, WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play).

After we researched all the changes seen in the course with what we are used to seeing at TPC Sawgrass, along with looking for guys with the right solid overall game heading into this week, we settled on two of the Tour's studs over the past half year as our Must-Haves of the week... "I haven't had a lot of success around here".

"I feel like I'm in a great place in my life", he said.

The easy answer is that it's hard enough to win The Players at the Stadium Course once, let alone twice in a row. The bent [grass] greens were faster and broke more so you had to have more visualization, more touch. Or as Luke Donald once put it, "It's do-or-die".

"A lot of thinking, which is what they probably wanted, especially when you're standing on the tee on a Sunday".

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Three years ago, players weren't allowed to practice early in the week on three of the Stadium Course's greens because of a combination of factors, including a cold and wet winter and the "misapplication" of a product created to combat the wintery conditions.