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The Players Championship 2011: Phil Mickelson and Five to Watch This Week
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Winning The Players Championship has become something of a bad omen in recent years. No less than four players in the last 10 years (Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia, Stephen Ames and Craig Perks) have seen their performance fall off a cliff after winning.

Coincidence? The players on this list sure hope so.

Bad omen or not, The Players Championship is still one of the biggest events on the PGA Tour calendar, and boasts perhaps the best field in all of golf. The so-called “fifth major,” The Players is held at one of the Tour’s best courses in the TPC at Sawgrass,and is home to one of the great holes in the world (the famous 17th island hole). Beyond No. 17, Sawgrass is a great test of golf and is legendary golf course architect Pete Dye’s most famous design.

The Players Championship also serves as an important warm-up test for next month’s U.S. Open. The pressure on Sunday will mimic that of a major championship and will provide a good barometer for those hoping to contend at Congressional.

Following is a list of five golfers to watch this week at the Players Championship:

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