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Players Championship 2014: Complete TV and Live Stream Guide for Opening Round

Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, waves to the crowd after making par on the 16th hole during the third round of the Wells Fargo Championship golf tournament in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
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Alex KayCorrespondent IMay 7, 2014

The Players Championship is widely regarded as one of the most respected non-major events in golf and is absolutely an event you will not want to miss.

While Tiger Woods will not be able to defend his title due to his recovery from back surgery, there are still plenty of exciting reasons to watch this event.

A plethora of the game's brightest stars will be shining at Sawgrass, and it should be extremely interesting to observe them compete for this coveted championship. Let's take a look at where you can catch all the action, how you can live stream the tournament, highlight a golfer to keep an eye on and more.

 

When: Thursday, May 8, through Sunday, May 11

Where: The Players Stadium Course (TPC Sawgrass) in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

Live Stream: Golf Channel's Golf Live Extra, NBC Sports Live Extra

The Players Championship 2014 TV Schedule
Date Time (ET) TV
Thursday, May 83-7 p.m. Golf Channel
Friday, May 93-7 p.m.Golf Channel
Saturday, May 101-2:30 p.m., 3-6 p.m.Golf Channel, CBS
Sunday, May 111-2:30 p.m., 3-6 p.m.Golf Channel, CBS
PGATour.com

 

Tee Times: For a complete list of tee times for the first two rounds, visit PGATOUR.com.

Purse: $10 million; Winner's Share: $1.8 million

FedEx Cup Points: 600

The Players Championship 2014 Odds
GolferOods
Rory McIlroy12-1
Adam Scott14-1
Matt Kuchar18-1
Sergio Garcia20-1
Luke Donald22-1
Justin Rose22-1
Henrik Stenson25-1
Phil Mickelson25-1
Bubba Watson28-1
Jim Furyk28-1
Jordan Spieth28-1
OddsShark.com

 

Golfer to Watch: Rory McIlroy

McIlroy has to come through with a solid performance at The Players Championship if he is going to turn his season around and start winning big tournaments again.

The young Irishman has been in contention for most of the sport's notable events this year, but he's yet to achieve a victory in any of his seven PGA Tour events this year. He recently tied for eighth at the Masters but wasn't truly in the hunt to capture a green jacket at Augusta.

He recorded that same placement at Quail Hollow this past weekend in the Wells Fargo Championship and tied for seventh at the Shell Houston Open prior to the Masters in early April.

McIlroy's only brush with victory this year was at the Honda Classic. The 25-year-old, who recently celebrated his birthday on May 4, fell short in a one-hole playoff to tie for second.

Jason Sobel of the Golf Channel did point out the silver lining for the emerging star:

This string of top-10 results but lack of victories is starting to grind the gears of this former U.S. Open and PGA Championship winner, who described them as "back-door" finishes to the Associated Press (via Golf.com):

I'm in the top 10 every week and it is fine, it's whatever. But it's not wins.

It's another solid week. They're top 10s, but they're top 10s without getting in contention either. I don't want to back door and top 10 it every week. It's nice to pick up a nice paycheck but it doesn't really get the adrenaline going.

While he's not satisfied with his close calls, McIlroy did acknowledge he is steadily improving and should soon be right where he needs to in order to claim another title, as per the AP:

"It's not really what I want but it's going in the right direction," McIlroy said. "I'm improving a little bit each week. Hopefully one of these weeks it will all come together."

It appears that McIlroy might just be able to tie everything together this coming weekend to earn his first-ever victory at The Players Championship. He's been installed as the odds-on favorite by the bookmakers at OddsShark.com and appears to be poised to do well at Sawgrass.

The course is favorable to his skill set, as McIlroy excels at knocking in long putts and will find many opportunities to use the 3-wood. All signs point to at least another top-10 finish, but it will not satisfy this young superstar.

Expect him to go all out this weekend and look for a victory at the expense of everything else. He shouldn't play it safe, and there will be some exciting moments stemming from Rory's bravery at The Players.

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