Tiger Woods will not be on hand to defend his title at the Players Championship this week at TPC Sawgrass. He will be at home recovering from back surgery and will not return to the tour for several weeks.
Although the Players is not considered a major championship, it offers a $10 million purse with $1.8 million going to the winner. The PGA Championship is the only other tournament matching that amount of prize money.
The field for the Players is always one of the strongest for any tournament all year long, and it is played on one of the most difficult golf courses.
It definitely has the look and feel of a major championship and is most assuredly the quintessential tournament in the month of May.
With Woods not a factor, whom should you watch this week?