The final commitment list for the 2021 Players Championship was released by the PGA Tour on Friday, with 49 of the top 50 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.
A loaded field that includes 48 of the top 50 players in the world will be on hand Thursday when the 2021 Players Championship tees off at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. 1 Dustin Johnson is the 12-1 favorite in the latest 2021 Players Championship odds from William Hill Sportsbook, with Bryson DeChambeau the 14-1 second.
Matthew Wolff is the lone top-50 player not in the field. He was replaced by Jhonattan Vegas.
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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 players eligible and not entered this week are two-time Players champion Tiger Woods, who suffered severe leg injuries in a car wreck last week as well as Wolff, Emiliano Grillo and Zach Blair. Woods is ranked 52nd.
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)
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Jason Day (2016)
Rickie Fowler (2015)
Sergio Garcia (2008)
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Charles Howell III
Si Woo Kim
Matt Kuchar (2012)
Rory McIlroy (2019)
Phil Mickelson (2007)
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Adam Scott (2004)
Webb Simpson (2018)
Henrik Stenson (2009)
Harold Varner III
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