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THE PLAYERS Championship
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
The PGA Tour heads up the coast of Florida as the first major of the...okay, we know this isn't technically the fifth major, but people sure do get excited about it. Not as excited as they do for a bona fide major championship, but certainly more than any other standard event on the schedule. Maybe it's the loaded field or maybe it's the course, specifically the "Island Green" on No. 17. Whatever the reason, there is an excitement in the air whenever this event pops up on the schedule.
Perhaps that's why it was such a bummer last year when this event was cancelled after the first round. Little did we know at the time that that we would miss out on months of golf, and that we would still be in the throes of the pandemic a year later. Needless to say, no one wants to go back to that time, and perhaps getting in a full four rounds this year will provide more reason for optimism.
As always, the field is loaded, and we have a lot of high-end golfers who appear to be in good form. I don't expect another Si Woo Kim surprise this year. Whoever wins won't come as a huge shock to most.
The event was cut short after one round as sports began to shut down due to the pandemic.
Dustin Johnson (12-1)
DJ is back in a familiar spot as