Lowry gears up for huge week at The Players Championship at Sawgrass

Complacency will not be a problem for Day, who has a burning desire to regain his world number one ranking.

He tied for fifth last Sunday at the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte.

The Players was won in 2011 by KJ Choi, in 2012 by Matt Kuchar, in 2013 by Tiger Woods, in 2014 by Martin Kaymer, in 2015 by Fowler, in 2016 by Jason Day and past year by Si-Woo Kim in what was a huge surprise.

This week, the PGA Tour heads to Ponte Vedra Beach for THE PLAYERS Championship - the tournament that boasts "the best field in golf".

The victor of 11 PGA Tour titles hasn't won this year and has four top-10s in 10 individual starts.

"There's no way of faking it around this golf course", said Woods, who won his first U.S. Amateur at Sawgrass in 1994. The Players Championship will move to March, potentially smack dab in the middle of the NCAA Tournament.

This week, at the PLAYERS Championships, the biggest event outside of the Majors, and the flagship event of the PGA Tour, Lahiri could set right most, if not all the things. The list of past winners at the PGA Tour's premier event illustrates.

What he strives for is being a dominant player, and that's proving more hard to do.

Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas both go in search of their first success at The Players, and can be backed at 14/1 and 16/1 respectively in the betting, with Justin Rose available at 28/1, while defending champion Kim Si-woo is a 90/1 outsider. "All the top-50 players in the world are here and if I have my A-game, I'm not far away". His best result here is 30 past year. "Why don't we just bypass all the ancillary stuff of a tournament and just go head-to-head and just have kind of a high-stake, winner-take-all match?" I've won out here numerous times not playing well but found a way to score and get the job done. "I actually think you come out better hitting really bad shots than by just barely missing". It has been awhile since he's played designer Pete Dye's demanding layout, but Woods is well aware of the challenge ahead. Thought and precision must be combined on almost every shot to have success at Sawgrass.

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. The last American victor was Rickie Fowler (+1800) in 2015. The undulation on and around the greens, makes getting up and down extremely tricky from certain positions off the green.

Spieth and Thomas are playing in a marquee group that includes Rory McIlroy.

The formula to this course is to drive it accurately, regardless of what club is being hit off the tee, hit as many shots on the green in regulation as possible, get up and down when there isa miss, and attack the Par 5s (Par 5 scoring). Stanley shared the 54-hole lead but shot a 3-over 74 on Sunday to tie for fourth.

"Am I ever going to be able to pull off four holes like I did here in 2015?"

When Day won the tournament two years ago he was at the peak of his powers, hitting the ball magnificently and it seemed that he holed just about every putt he looked at.

Anirban Lahiri's two Players Championship appearances have been largely forgettable but the Indian feels he has prepared well enough to make it third time lucky at TPC Sawgrass when this year's tournament tees off on Thursday (tomorrow).

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