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McIlroy keen to improve at 'fifth major'

10 May 2018

McGirt sat out last week's Wells Fargo Championship, the first of two tournaments in his home state, and is among one of the most prestigious fields in all of golf.

Woods, a little more than a year removed from spinal fusion surgery, looks to put all the pieces together beginning Thursday during his first Players Championship appearance in three years. It was already a big tournament, but putting it after the Masters and before the U.S. Open made for nice symmetry with each month from April to August featuring a signature event. The Players Championship will move to March, potentially smack dab in the middle of the NCAA Tournament.

In becoming part of the circuit's "Florida Swing", the Players Championship will become a key event in the build-up to the Masters instead of the so-called "fifth major" seeming as if it marked the return of numerous top players from a post-Augusta break and, at the same time, be the start of US Open build-ups. Not coincidentally, Stenson ranks 1st this season on the PGA Tour in SG: Approaches.

The 37-year-old has three European Tour titles to his name, with last year's Trophee Hassan II win following two victories in Scotland in 2010. World No. 1 Dustin Johnson has never posted a top-10 finish at The Players.

What he strives for is being a dominant player, and that's proving more hard to do.

The PLAYERS Championship is now upgraded in the mind of PGA Tour players, at least according to Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas.

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Only six players have ever won the Players Championship on multiple occasions-Jack Nicklaus won three, while Fred Couples, Steve Elkington, Hal Sutton, Davis Love III and Woods all have two.

The bookies have him among the favourites, alongside Jason Day-fresh from his win at the Wells Fargo Championship-Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy. The course - TPC Sawgrass - is a 7,125-yard Par 72 with lush rough, Bermuda greens, and a blockbuster final stretch. I'm looking forward to playing with both of them. Thought and precision must be combined on almost every shot to have success at Sawgrass.

Tiger Woods has a new set of irons... The last American victor was Rickie Fowler (+1800) in 2015.

He believes he just needs to be more patient with the course. And just before the Masters, he was coming off a near-win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, taking lone-2nd to Rory McIlroy who putted his way to a spectacular win. You have to be really smart, position your ball in the right spots off the tee, and if you hit it to the middle of the greens here, you're always going to have a decent chance. "We'll play for whatever makes him uncomfortable". If golfers can find a way to birdie or eagle the bulk of the Par 5s this week, they'll simply need to not blow up the rest of the holes to contend for golf's fifth major. "So I've learned to take it for what it is - a very positional golf course". The Par 3 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass may be the most famous hole in all of golf. But that (2015) was one of those special years where he hit the ball well.

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McIlroy keen to improve at 'fifth major'