Players Championship | Golf | Sunday, March 6, 2022

One of the highlights of the golfing calendar arrives next week in the form of the sport’s “fifth major”, the Players Championship.

Justin Thomas will be looking to defend his crown and with almost all of the world’s top 50 taking part in this showpiece event on the PGA Tour calendar, the American will have his work cut out for him. 2019 winner Rory McIlroy will be looking to add a second win to his CV in this tournament, while world ranked top two Jon Rahm and Colin Morikawa will re-ignite their battle for the top spot.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of an amazing week at TPC Sawgrass.

Or: TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA.

How to watch: You can catch more than 60 hours of Florida coverage on Sky Sports’ dedicated Players Championship channel – Sky Sports The Players.

When: March 7-13. Coverage begins at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday and Friday, then at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, before returning at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.

The lesson: One of the most famous and recognizable (and don’t forget the difficult) golf courses in the world. Designed by renowned golf course architects Phil and Alice Dye, TPC Sawgrass is best known for its island par-3 17th hole green, which has been the site of many winning moments in Players Championship history.

Defending Champion: Justin Thomas

Prize Money: The Players Championship will boast a purse of at least $20m (£15.1m), the most money allocated in a single tournament. The winner would earn $3.6m (£2.7m), compared to the $2.7m (£2m) that Justin Thomas earned for winning this tournament last year.

Who is missing : Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker, Harris English and Tiger Woods are the only qualified players who will not be at the event.

Players Championship Schedule:

Monday

Practice day for professionals.

Tuesday

Practice day for professionals.

Wednesday

Practice day for professionals.

Thursday

The first round of competition begins (three balls from n°1 and n°10).

Friday

Beginning of the second round of competition (three balls from n°1 and n°10).

Saturday

The third round of competition begins (two balls from n°1).

Sunday

The final round of the competition begins (two balls from n°1).

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