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Pricing money has increased by $ 1.5 million for the 2019 Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass, Florida on Thursday. The total stock market reached $ 12.5 million (9.485 million pounds sterling), making this event the most lucrative business of all time.
That means the winner will have to pay $ 2.25 million (1.7 million pounds), compared to $ 1.98 million for last year's winner, Webb Simpson. The winner will also receive a new trophy:
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Individual payments for the full field are not yet known.
The decision was made to raise the stock market again in January, with a jump of 13.6% above the amount of 2018. The total prize in play now exceeds one of the four majors.
Although many winners have already competed, the past few years have shunned history and have seen a new winner of the most lucrative PGA event.
Simpson won this honor in 2018 and will be paired with Patrick Reed and two-time winner, Tiger Woods, for the opening day.
Simpson produced his best golf at Ponte Vedra Beach last year. Michael Reaves / Getty Images
A rehearsal would take something special from Simpson, after the 33-year-old recorded several records 12 months ago, according to Mike Glasscott, the official PGA Tour website: "He led the field in the fairways , the shots won: putting and par-four and scoring at five normal by winning comfortably (73 on Sunday) by four hits. "
Although Simpson may be overwhelmed by players like Woods, world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and 2016 winner Jason Day, there are other reputable contenders. They include Francesco Molinari.
The winner of the 2018 Open is in shape after leading the recent Arnold Palmer Invitational. Molinari is also convinced that he can handle the course of the stadium:
He is not afraid to go down.
The low rounds of the @F_Molinari courses have won:
62 years at TPC Potomac
65 in Carnoustie
64 in Bay Hill
Then there is Brooks Koepka, who "shot the record for the course at TPC Sawgrass last year," according to PGATour.com. Ben Everill.
Koepka is a fit player, having made 2018 a special year in which he won the US Championship and the PGA Championship. Although Koepka is known for his power with the pilot, some think that he has already proven that he can adapt his game to the most delicate requirements of the course:
@scottfawcett @AlanShipnuck Modern bombers seem unable to adapt except when they do. I would say that the DJ has adapted well to Oakmont. Brooks Koepka liked Shinnecock. The money and opportunities have simply changed the calculation. Go for each shot and try next time if you miss works fine now.
That's a valid point after the record record of 63 that he had shot in the last round a year ago. Koepka has the right mix of distance, power, and skill on the greens to beat Simpson, Woods and Johnson to the trophy.