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Players Championship: Top 51 in World ranking headed to TPC Sawgrass


The final commitment list for the 2021 Players Championship was released by the PGA Tour on Friday, with the top 51 players in the world coming to the First Coast to pick up where they left off last year when the tournament was canceled after one round because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Practice rounds are on March 9-10 and the first round will be March 11 at the Players Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. A limited number of tickets that equal 20 percent capacity are sold out.

The only player who is eligible and not entered this week is two-time Players champion Tiger Woods, who suffered severe leg injuries in a car wreck last week. He is ranked 52nd in the world.

World No. 1-ranked Dustin Johnson, who has won the Masters and the FedEx Cup in the past six months, leads the field of 154 from a World Golf Ranking standpoint. The rest of the top-10 as of this week’s ranking is Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas, PGA champion Collin Morikawa, Xander Schauffele, Tyrrell Hatton, Patrick Cantlay, 2019 Players champion Rory McIlroy, Patrick Reed and 2018 Players champion Webb Simpson.

The field also will include the players who have combined to win 24 of the last 25 major championships, all 21 PGA Tour winners in the 2020-21 FedEx Cup season and past Players champions McIlroy, Simpson, Si Woo Kim, Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar, Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia and Adam Scott.

The Players is missing only 15 of the top-100 players in the world, but that’s only because they’re not eligible under the stringent rules to make the field. The primary avenues for getting into the Players are to win a tournament in the last 12 months since the previous Players and to finish among the top-125 on the final FedEx Cup standings the week before.

The Tour added a wrinkle this season in light of the pandemic, with the points list from 2019-20 combined with the points this season through last week to add 10 players to the usual field of 144.

Only one other pro can get into the field: the winner of this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, if he is not otherwise eligible. Six players in that category made the cut at Bay Hill but only Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand (4-under 140) is in serious contention, as he is five back of the lead headed to the weekend.

Players Championship field

(Past champions in bold) 

Byeong Hun An

Abraham Ancer

Ryan Armour

Daniel Berger

Christaan Bezuidenhout

Keegan Bradley

Scott Brown

Sam Burns

Patrick Cantlay

Paul Casey

Cameron Champ

Stewart Cink

Wyndham Clark

Corey Conners

Austin Cook

Joel Dahman

Cameron Davis

Jason Day (2016) 

Bryson DeChambeau

Jason Dufner

Tyler Duncan

Harris English

Tony Finau

Matthew Fitzpatrick

Tommy Fleetwood

Rickie Fowler (2015)

Dylan Fritelli

Sergio Garcia (2008) 

Brice Garnett

Brian Gay

Doug Ghim

Lucas Glover

Talor Gooch

Branden Grace

Lanto Griffin

Emiliano Grillo

Adam Hadwin

James Hahn

Brian Harman

Scott Harrington

Tyrrell Hatton

Russell Henley

Jim Herman

Harry Higgs

Bo Hoag

Charley Hoffman

Tom Hoge

Max Homa

Billy Horschel

Beau Hossler

Viktor Hovland

Charles Howell III

Mark Hubbard

Mackenzie Hughes

Sungjae Im

Dustin Johnson

Zach Johnson

Matt Jones

Sung Kang

Jerry Kelly

Si Woo Kim

Chris Kirk

Kevin Kisner

Patton Kizzire

Russell Knox

Brooks Koepka

Jason Kokrak

Matt Kuchar (2012)

Martin Laird

Andrew Landry

Nate Lashley

Danny Lee

K.H. Lee

Marc Leishman

Tom Lewis

Luke List

Adam Long

Shane Lowry

Robert MacIntyre

Peter Malnati

Hideki Matsuyama

Denny McCarthy

Tyler McCumber

Graeme McDowell

Rory McIlroy (2019) 

Maverick McNealy

Troy Merritt

Phil Mickelson (2007) 

Keith Mitchell

Francesco Molinari

Ryan Moore

Collin Morikawa

Sebastian Munoz

Kevin Na

Matthew NeSmith

Joaquin Niemann

Alex Noren

Henrik Norlander

Louis Oosthuizen

Carlos Ortiz

Ryan Palmer

C.T. Pan

Cameron Percy

Pat Perez

Victor Perez

Scott Piercy

J.T. Poston

Ian Poulter

Andrew Putnam

Jon Rahm

Chez Reavie

Doc Redman

Patrick Reed

Patrick Rodgers

Justin Rose

Sam Ryder

Rory Sabbatini

Xander Schauffele

Scottie Scheffler

Adam Schenk

Charl Schwartzel

Adam Scott (2004) 

Robby Shelton

Webb Simpson (2018) 

Cameron Smith

Brandt Snedeker

Jordan Spieth

Scott Stallings

Kyle Stanley

Brendan Steele

Henrik Stenson (2009)

Sepp Straka

Robert Streb

Kevin Streelman

Brian Stuard

Hudson Swafford

Nick Taylor

Vaughn Taylor

Justin Thomas

Michael Thompson

Brendon Todd

Cameron Tringale

Harold Varner III

Jimmy Walker

Bubba Watson

Richey Werenski

Lee Westwood

Bernd Wiesberger

Danny Willett

Aaron Wise

Matthew Wolff

Gary Woodland

Will Zalatoris

Xinjun Zhang



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