Players Championship

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Adam Scott hasn't played since winning the Masters. Picture: Getty Images/
Adam Scott  is set to play his first tournament since winning the Masters last month when he tees off at the Players Championship starting on Thursday night (AEST). The 32 year-old has contested just five PGA Tour events this season but has had a good year to date, with his breakthrough major success and tie for third at the World Golf Championships two of his three top ten  finishes in the current campaign. The Australian has made the cut at each tournament he has contested in 2013 and has fond memories of the TPC Sawgrass Stadium course, having won here in 2004.

Scott is joined in the field by nine other former winners including last year’s champion Matt Kuchar , 2007 winner Phil Mickelson  and world number one Tiger Woods , who tasted victory here in 2001. Apart from his success here in 2001, Woods has struggled to come to terms with the Pete Dye designed course, with just one top ten  finish at the Players Championship in the past 11 years. He is back to his best now and already boasts three PGA Tour wins this season.

Swede Henrik Stenson  won here by four strokes in 2009 and has five top 25  finishes at the course from seven attempts, but Rory McIlroy  has failed to come to grips with the venue. Although he registered his third consecutive top 25 finish with a tie for tenth at Qual Hollow last week, the Northern Irishman has missed the cut at all three attempts here and is yet to shoot a sub-par round at the course.

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