Comparing the Ocean Course & TPC Sawgrass

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"I have learnt to love this tournament", said the world No 8, who has followed missed cuts in his first three appearances with three top 10s and a 12th place finish since 2013.

"It gives you motivation", McIlroy said of the final round at Augusta National.

'I have not done that consistently this year so far'. I got on Tour when I was 28 or 29, and for the first ten years, if I played good, I finished 12th - or maybe crept into ninth or seventh, or whatnot.

The all-out approach is what got Mitchell to this point, so it'd be silly to abandon it now. Fowler was in good shape until losing a ball in a tree on the sixth hole for the first of consecutive double bogeys.

WEBB SIMPSON TURNED in one of the most remarkable rounds ever seen at the Players Championship, flirting with an incredible round of 59 before his dreams sank in the water hazard at the 17th. While the professionals of golf's golden era initially detested Dye's design of the TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course, the pros of the game's modern era grew up watching the Players and seeing their heroes such as Greg Norman, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson win on the course built on top of swampland. The victor on Sunday is going to be a worthy champion who has checked most, if not all, of the key boxes that make golf such a complex yet attractive game.

"I have embraced that challenge in recent years - hitting to the same spot as everyone else, hitting an eight-iron to the green instead of getting a wedge in your hand".

I don't know if "rattled" is the right word; more like unprepared, even though I was 43 years old at the time.

So we let the expert give us his take.

The cheques are fat - $1.98mn for the win and $1.19mn to the runnerup make this one of the richest tournaments in golf.

This will be the final year for the May date for the Players. The competitive fires fuelled by the Englishman's Sawgrass performance led to his victory at the Houston Open last month. "I expect to play well still, so I don't think this is insane what I'm doing, you know, in my mind". It's exciting to see him back and we all hope he wins another tournament and another major. I was really happy for him.

Mickelson went 79-73 and missed the cut for the fifth time in the last six years. "I don't think you can argue the fact that it is a major championship". Poults is one of the best guys out here.

A reinvigorated Poulter has been afforded opportunity to reset his career targets at the age of 42.

"It was obviously a dream start, birdie, eagle and three-under through three, but I didn't make much of it from that moment on", Rose told Sky Sports. Fans of the game know that Jack Nicklaus has 18 major wins.

And that list doesn't even include the No. 1 player in the world.

As well as winning four major titles, the World Number 8 has claimed two World Golf Championship events and four FedEx Cup play-off tournaments, with his victory in the 2016 Tour Championship giving him the overall title and 10million United States dollars bonus.

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