The Players starts tomorrow

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - MAY 09: A general view of the 17th green during practice rounds prior to THE PLAYERS Championship on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass on May 9, 2018 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

The Players starts tomorrow

The field is deep at The Players and the talent is ready for the competition. northDsports is watching names like  Patrick Reed, Jason Day, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson, but The Players has proven to consist of unknown variables. CLICK HERE for a list and images of the entire field. CLICK HERE for tee times.

You have to go back to 1994 when Greg Norman had the low first round score of 63 and the low 72 hole score of 264. It was in 1978 when Jack Nicklaus finished with a 75 in round 4, but won the tournament.

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL – MAY 09: (Swing sequence 4 of 15) Sergio Garcia of Spain plays a shot during practice rounds prior to THE PLAYERS Championship on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass on May 9, 2018 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Some other interesting trivia are eagles at The Players:

Most eagles in tournament history:
Couples, Fred  15
Mickelson, Phil 11
Lehman, Tom  10
Woods, Tiger  10
Price, Nick  9
Watson, Tom  9
Garcia, Sergio  9

There has never been back to back eagles in the history of The Players, but when it comes to consecutive birdies there is an interesting number:

Most consecutive birdies:
6, Tom Watson (Holes 9-14, 2nd round), 1984
6, Dave Rummells (Holes 16-18, 1-3, 2nd round), 1986
6, Fred Wadsworth (Holes 15-18, 1-2, 1st round), 1987
6, Paul Azinger (Holes 18, 1-5, 1st round), 1993
6, Rocco Mediate (Holes 13-18, Final round), 1996
6, Tim Herron (Holes 8-13, 2nd round), 2005
6, Louis Oosthuizen (Holes 9-14, 3rd round), 2013
6, K.J. Choi (Holes 9-14, Final round), 2014

during practice rounds prior to THE PLAYERS Championship on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass on May 9, 2018 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

Since 2011 there have been some ringers come through and a few of these were unexpected.

2011: K.J. Choi

2012: Matt Kuchar

2013: Tiger Woods

2014: Martin Kaymer

2015: Rickie Fowler

2016: Jason Day

2017: SI Woo Kim

2018: ?????

This year is shaping up for more of the same. In analyzing the field, their will be some that are hot play well, but as usual many will make a run that the mainstream is not talking about.

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