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Players Championship 2012 : Full Preview of the World's Top 10 at TPC Sawgrass
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The Island Green (No. 17) at TPC Sawgrass

The 30th Players Championship will tee off on Thursday from one of the most diabolically difficult golf courses in the world, TPC Sawgrass. 

The Players Championship is commonly referred to as the “Fifth Major”.  It will host one of the best fields of any tournament all year.  It offers a $9.5 million dollar purse with $1.7 million to the winner alone.

One thing for sure about professional golfers, if you offer them enough money they will come.

There have been 19 PGA Tour events thus far in 2012 with 17 different winners.  Only Hunter Mahan has two wins this year. 

Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, and Phil Mickelson, all have wins this year and I would not be surprised if one of these players survived the “world’s most terrifying tee shot” at No. 17’s island green to pick up the big check on Sunday evening.

Never has a golf hole struck more fear into professional golfers than the 17th at TPC Sawgrass.

The following is a preview of the top ten ranked golfers in the world and how they may fare at the 2012 Players Championship.

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