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THIS WEEK'S MAIN EVENT
Edited by JIM GORANT
May 11, 2009
THE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP
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May 11, 2009

This Week's Main Event

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THE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP

Defensive Champion

After his post-Masters tantrum and subsequent pseudoapology, defending Players champ Sergio García was, rightfully, flamed by everyone who has access to a public forum (which is everyone these days), including GOLF PLUS. Now García returns to TPC Sawgrass, where last year he earned the signature victory of his career, springboarding him to a strong summer and No. 2 in the World Ranking. The Stadium course, which rewards pure ball striking more than brilliant putting, is made for a shot-making savant like García. So will Sergio find fairways, greens and some mojo, or will he be dragged down by the eddy of ill will swirling in Augusta's wake?

Field Judge

It's a commonly held belief that the Players has the strongest field of any PGA Tour event, but that's only been true once in the last decade. Between 1998 and 2008 the Players ranked from first to eighth in field strength, with an average of 77.9 of the top 100 players teeing it up. For the rest of those years, the PGA Championship led the way and had an average of 93.5 of the top 100.

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