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The 2019 Players Championship will be the richest individual event in the history of golf, with a $ 12.5 million rewards fund.
Although he is not considered a major player, the tournament has increased his purse by $ 1.5 million for the last edition, exceeding the prize money offered at the American Open.
TPC Sawgrass, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Will host The Players, which begins Thursday with Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and Dustin Johnson, ready to fight for the title.
The winner is expected to earn $ 2.25 million (£ 1.7 million). The individual values of the players' prizes are not yet confirmed.
The PGA tour has watched the tournament:
Johnson enters the tournament as the world's No. 1 and is the favorite alongside McIlroy to win the title, according to Oddschecker.
Two-time champion, Woods has a 25-1 win and came to Florida in form, by GolfweekSteve DiMeglio:
Yes, @TigerWoods is in the house at the Players Championship. Said everything is all good. #THEPLAYERS https://t.co/RfFAGHC9x6
Webb Simpson is the reigning champion, but the No. 21 world will have to produce his best golf to withstand world-class terrain.
The American surprised the world by winning the previous competition by four strokes, and will be part of a group with Woods and Patrick Reed at 13:27. HE (5:27 pm GMT).
McIlroy will be flying the flag for his huge fan base, but the 29-year-old has not managed to win a tournament in the last 12 months.
However, the Northern Irishman is showing consistency and could break his duck at Sawgrass.
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McIlroy is not concerned about his form, by Golfer of today.
"No matter if you are the last group, the fifth group is golf at the end of the day, whatever. I play well, I would much prefer to put myself in position for a chance to win. I play good golf, no matter if I do it on Thursday, Friday, Saturday – yes, my Sundays are not what I would have liked, but I put myself in this position. , so good golf is good golf, I keep saying that at the end of the day. "
McIlroy has shown a glimpse of his most dangerous golf and his confidence seems to be unaffected by his recent lack of success.
The superstar needs a win before the majors pile up. If he wins the crown of the players, he will be positioned for repeated victories during the year.