McIlroy, Johnson in the mix as Fleetwood leads The Players Championship

PGA Tour Picks: Players Championship

When it comes down to it, I believe Xander Schauffele has the right combination of skill, momentum, and mindset to overcome the challenges of TPC Sawgrass and win his first Players Championship.

Mostly out of frustration, players have wondered if it wouldn't be better for the PGA Tour to have its own rules apart from those written by the United States Golf Association and The R&A.

Fleetwood was just one under through his front nine, having started at the 10th, but rallied with six birdies on the way back to edge in front by a shot at TPC Sawgrass.

Woods is the only player to win in March and May.

"It's a serious event, on a serious golf course with a serious field".

"I think 90 on I-95 is enough to get attention". However, I think I've nearly secured my card for next season, so it releases some stress a little bit and this will allow me to play my own game.

He came close past year at the U.S. Open, where he finished a stroke behind champion Brooks Koepka after a closing 63. I thought, I can live with that.

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According to the PGA, scoring averages for the Players Championship in March are almost one stroke higher over May. He hasn't played it every well, not by his standards or anyone else who has reached No. 1 in the world and has 20 victories for his career. This Par 72 course is just under 7,200 yards, unusually small compared to the average course on Tour. "But I drove it so well I was always in a good position".

The 45-year-old Players, which Jack Nicklaus won three times and Tiger Woods twice, now kicks off what many have dubbed the "championship season" by reverting to the March date it held until 2006.

LEE WESTWOOD: I remember hitting a 5-iron. "I know that sounds lame, but we have to play 18 holes in a round of golf, we can't just get excited for one of them".

The 2015 US PGA Championship victor says it is up to golf media to create the narrative, similar to the way Arnold Palmer helped conceptualise the current four majors with sports writers in 1960.

'The course here is in spectacular shape with very little rough, much like Augusta! "Whether it's visually or a particular hole or something - I mean, a lot of guys struggle putting at Riviera and I putt well there, which is weird. I think we all have to accept that you're going to hit good shots, and going to get some weird hopes, and get some really, really funky lies whether it's off the fairway or around the greens".

But as usual all eyes are on 11th-ranked Tiger Woods, who has played the tournament 19 times and hoisted the trophy in 2001 and 2013.

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