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After a thrilling week in Orlando for the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the PGA Tour moves 150 miles north for the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass. The event is one of the biggest of the year, with many pros considering it to be the unofficial “fifth major” on the calendar.
Cameron Smith, last year’s winner, will be one of the most notable absentees when the event starts on Thursday. After signing up for LIV Golf, the Australian was immediately suspended from the PGA indefinitely which means he is ineligible to play alongside other big names such as Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka.
The 144 players who are teeing off this week, though, all will have their eyes on the $4.5 million that will be handed out to the winner. There will be plenty who believe they will be right in contention as well as 43 of the world’s top 50 are set to compete.
When is the 2023 Players Championship?
The 2023 Players Championship starts on Thursday 9th of March. The event will last four days, meaning the winner will be crowned on Sunday 12th of March. Play will begin on Thursday at 11:50 am UK time when the first group tees off.
How to watch the 2023 Players Championship?
UK viewers will be able to watch the Players Championships on SkySports. The full four days of action will be shown live on SkySports Golf while much of it will also feature on SkySports Main Event.
If you don’t have a SkySports subscription then but want to watch the event then you are able to buy a Now TV pass for the week for SkySports. This will allow you to watch all of the action without having to commit to a contract with Sky.
The stars have arrived @THEPLAYERSChamp 🤩 pic.twitter.com/1FdfE0D0C4
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 6, 2023
Is Tiger Woods playing in the Players Championship?
Tiger Woods has confirmed that he won’t be playing at the Players Championship this week. The 15-time major champion made his competitive comeback two weeks ago at the Genesis Invitational, which he also hosted.
Woods made it clear recently that he is only going to be able to play in the four majors each year, as well as a couple of other events if his body feels capable. The 47-year-old has undergone numerous surgeries over the years and was in a devastating car crash in 2021 that nearly resulted in him losing his leg.
It is likely that his next event will the Masters next month at Augusta National.
What are the tee times and groupings?
The tournament organisers have put together some mouthwatering groups over the opening two days. The standout group, without a doubt, however, is one featuring Rory Mcilroy, Scottie Scheffler, and Jon Rahm.
All three men currently occupy the top three positions in golf’s world rankings and have all been world number one already this season. With five wins between them this year, you would be a brave man to bet against the winner this week coming from anywhere other than this group.
Notable tee times and groups on Thursday are as follows:
12:45 pm UK
12:46 pm UK
17:45 pm UK
17:56 pm UK