Rory McIlroy highlights | Round 1 | THE PLAYERS 2019

17 March, 2019, 12:43 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • Former world No.1 golfers Jason Day and Tiger Woods are poised to play at The Players Championship

The victor at TPC Sawgrass this week will take home $2.25m, the highest-ever winner's cheque in professional tournament golf, and Johnson says the event, which has been moved back to March for the first time since 2006, is already a major championship in many players' minds.

Among the favourites are American Dustin Johnson, ranked number one in the world, coming off a win at the WGC-Mexico Championship, and the 6th-ranked Rory McIlroy from Northern Ireland.

The American, 36, slammed his ball into the pin and then the hole at the world renowned 17th at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Before you lock in your 2019 Players Championship picks or enter a PGA DFS tournament on sites like FanDuel and DraftKings, be sure to see the PGA Tournament predictions from SportsLine's proven computer model.

It should also serve a nice lead-in to the 2019 Masters, which is just one month away.

But the Ulsterman has put himself in a strong position to make a charge for his first title since March past year, continuing the fine form that has seen him record top-six finishes in all five of his starts this season so far.

Woods plans to play a nine-hole practice round on Tuesday, before speaking to the media at 10:30 a.m. Tiger Woods, the only man to win the tournament in both May and March, also returns to TPC Sawgrass. He's a target for anyone looking for a huge payday. He started his day with a birdie on the first hole before enduring a hard time at TPC Sawgrass.

This week's Players is Taylor's 11 start at the Tour's flagship event.

It is also the first time since 2006 that the Players is being held in March instead of May, heightening worries of adverse weather conditions hampering play on the already-difficult course.

"I have certainly made some birdies, I've definitely hit it in the water a few times, but at this point who hasn't, after my 12th time or so playing this event". And which long shots stun the golfing world?

While Johnson aims for consecutive victories, McIlroy will be vying for a sixth straight finish among the top six as a +1200 co-favourite on the Players Championship odds.



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