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.
"It was getting to the point where it was affecting my setup, my backswing, my through swing", Woods said.
"If you get on a bad run here, this course really can dent your confidence because the severity of penalty is very extreme, and that was part of the design from Pete Dye".
Keeping his lower back more pliable will prevent a recurrence. Although it's just 137 yards to the Island Green, the hole is surrounded on nearly all sides by water and has a tiny bunker in front of it, leading to many highlight-reel moments as frustrated golfers try to get their drives to stay on the green.
A new caddie alignment rule causes confusion and was later clarified by the USGA/R&A with a couple of high-profile instances of players getting hit with two-stroke penalties.
Craig Perks wins the 2002 Players Championship tournament in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
Recent history suggests it's particularly hard to put together good results in back-to-back years, with none of the past eight winners having finished inside the top 15 in the previous season.
Let's go through some tiers (sorted by FanDuel Sportsbook Win Odds), divided into plays and fades, identifying good values versus those who are overpriced given their current form and past history. That T63 finish at Bay Hill was his worst result in a made cut in almost two years.
Ingram expected to miss remainder of season
Ingram particularly excelled after the All-Star break and the trade deadline , averaging 27.8 points in his six most recent games. The Lakers are being extremely cautious when it comes to their players and injuries.
The Englishman is gradually warming to life on the PGA Tour and is surely a victor in waiting across the pond.
"I wanted him to take a look at it, and then he mentioned a few things", Woods said. "So I'm curious to see if it's better for me or not".
Host venue Sawgrass is a tricky test that is particularly unforgiving towards first timers.
It all starts to unfold on Thursday, with only 23 players having experienced the March conditions before the move to May in 2007. He's one of 23 golfers in the field this week who has played the tournament in its previous incarnation in March.
The other. ahem. perks of the victory were plenty - a five-year PGA Tour exemption, entry to the next three years of the Masters and four British Opens, along with spots at the US Open and PGA Championship.
"If this was a modern-style golf course where every carry was 300 [yards] and things widened out, it would be frustrating for 40 percent of the field", Rose said. But he did after winning The Players Championship. "It's a big difference in a game of inches". "We're going to have to hit more clubs off the tees, have a little bit longer clubs into the greens, but the difference is the greens are much slower and much more receptive".
Matt Wallace, England - Having won three times on the European Tour previous year, Wallace finished T6 in the Arnold Palmer and T20 in the Honda the last two weeks. On Tuesday, he used a three-wood followed by a three-iron.