Patience is 15th club for Jordan Spieth in Players Championship

Patience is 15th club for Jordan Spieth in Players Championship

This year's PLAYERS Championship starts Thursday, and it's the last time the tournament will be played at this point on the calendar for the foreseeable future.

Day wasn't kidding about getting his hands dirty in pursuit of regaining the No. 1 world ranking, which could belong to any of five players come Sunday afternoon - though not Day. It's also good that I've already played here a few times, I know what to do, what the conditions are and where the misses should be.

"The first time you get on some Pete Dye courses they're very odd and they set you up at wrong angles, and visually they're just a little bit not what you want to see, but you learn to deal with it and play the way he wants you to play". But if you are not hitting it well, you're in some tough spots.

"It's still not quite there". And then Pebble, Mexico, LA, Augusta, Hilton Head ... all of them I played plenty well enough to win.

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Sometimes, it's the simplest things that make a difference, even for a multi-zillionaire like Rory McIlroy.

He played the front nine at TPC Sawgrass in practice on Tuesday before spending time working with Cowen and Walker on the range, focusing on his iron play. It took me a few years to figure it out but I've had a few top tens and I think it is about time I step up and give myself a chance on Sunday. This is one of the toughest golf tournaments to win, so hard that since its inception in 1974, nobody has ever won in consecutive years and only six players have won it a couple of times. "I just didn't have a feel for the golf course, and I just didn't make the adjustments". It's busy and there's a lot of people, so to go and stay on the beach is a nice release from everything that's going on around the event.

"For me to be able to play with a person I've gone against for over two decades, it's a lot of fun".

Lahiri, ranked No. 100, will be trying to stay inside the top-100 while playing the PGA Tour, courtesy his full playing rights.

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"Take away what happened there and look at my results and you'd say, 'Rory is having a pretty good year, '" said McIlroy who is paired with Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth in Florida. One of the days, I hit a bunch of greens, like 15 greens, and still I turned a 63 or 64 into 68. Woods, 42, finished in a tie for seventh when the Scottish venue hosted the 1999 Open, then joint 12th in 2007.

As well as winning four major titles, McIlroy has claimed two World Golf Championship events and four FedEx Cup play-off tournaments, with his victory in the 2016 Tour Championship giving him the overall title and a $10m bonus. The only problem there is that Johnson, for all his ability, has never finished better than 12th at The Players.

"I don't want to lose it", Johnson said of No. 1.

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