Final Tune Up at Sawgrass Before First Round of The Players

Story By: Sol Tucker

Photos By: Edward Kerns II

Ponte Vedra Fl–

Rory in His Final Tune-up Before Round 1 Thursday

Today marked the final day of practice before defending champion Rory McIlroy hits the links in search of becoming the first player to repeat at Sawgrass.

Other defending champions competing include 2018 winner Webb Simpson, who faces 30-1 odds, Rickie Fowler (2015) and Adam Scott (2004) at 33-1, and Matt Kuchar (2012) at 40-1 Players Championship odds 2020. Other elite 2020 Players Championship contenders include Jon Rahm (10-1), Justin Thomas (16-1), Dustin Johnson (28-1) and Brooks Koepka (40-1)

Over the past few days people around the course have been talking about is Jon Rahm, who is also challenging for the weekend.

Many of you may remember that he was the 54-hole leader last year, before that ill-fated decision at the 11th hole ended up at the bottom of a pond, helping lead him to a closing 76. He’s had at least one bad round in each of the three years he’s played the Stadium Course. He’ll figure this place out, but he may need one more year of learning the hard way.

Thursday Tee Times

7:40 a.m. ET

Hole 1: Brian Harman, Rory Sabbatini, Sepp Straka

Hole 10: Russell Henley, J.J. Spaun, Denny McCarthy

7:51 a.m. ET

Hole 1: Scott Brown, Lucas Glover, Cameron Tringale

Hole 10: Brian Stuard, Matt Every, Brian Gay

8:02 a.m. ET

Hole 1: Aaron Baddeley, Scott Stallings, Michael Thompson

Hole 10: Jhonattan Vegas, Scottie Scheffler, Matt Wallace

8:13 a.m. ET

Hole 1: J.B. Holmes, Brice Garnett, Ryan Armour

Hole 10: Sungjae Im, Gary Woodland, Bryson DeChambeau

8:24 a.m. ET

Hole 1: Bubba Watson, Jason Dufner, Jimmy Walker

Hole 10: Patrick Reed, Patrick Cantlay, Hideki Matsuyama

8:35 a.m. ET

Hole 1: Chez Reavie, Graeme McDowell, Daniel Berger

Hole 10: Webb Simpson, Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson

8:46 a.m. ET

Hole 1: Jim Herman, Sung Kang, Louis Oosthuizen

Hole 10: Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth

8:57 a.m. ET

Hole 1: Cameron Champ, Nate Lashley, Kevin Tway

Hole 10: Tyrrell Hatton, Max Homa, Paul Casey

9:08 a.m. ET

Hole 1: Dylan Frittelli, Scott Piercy, Pat Perez

Hole 10: Marc Leishman, J.T. Poston, Francesco Molinari

9:19 a.m. ET

Hole 1: Corey Conners, Charles Howell III, Russell Knox

Hole 10: Nick Taylor, Lanto Griffin, Keith Mitchell

9:30 a.m. ET

Hole 1: Ryan Moore, Danny Lee, Abraham Ancer

Hole 10: Branden Grace, Harris English, Joel Dahmen

9:41 a.m. ET

Hole 1: Adam Hadwin, Kyoung-Hoon Lee, Christiaan Bezuidenhout

Hole 10: Chesson Hadley, Jason Kokrak, Tom Hoge

12:45 p.m. ET

Hole 1: Luke List, Carlos Ortiz, Kiradech Aphibarnrat

Hole 10: Retief Goosen, Talor Gooch, Sam Ryder

12:56 p.m. ET

Hole 1: Patrick Rodgers, Sam Burns, Bernd Wiesberger

Hole 10: Matt Jones, Adam Schenk, Jazz Janewattananond

1:07 p.m. ET

Hole 1: Peter Malnati, Bud Cauley, Victor Perez

Hole 10: Kyle Stanley, Martin Laird, Wyndham Clark

1:18 p.m. ET

Hole 1: Viktor Hovland, Collin Morikawa, Matthew Wolff

Hole 10: Cameron Smith, Keegan Bradley, Ian Poulter

1:29 p.m. ET

Hole 1: Matt Kuchar, Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia

Hole 10: Brendon Todd, Sebastian Munoz, Ryan Palmer

1:40 p.m. ET

Hole 1: Adam Scott, Justin Rose, Xander Schauffele

Hole 10: Kevin Kisner, Troy Merritt, Danny Willett

1:51 p.m. ET

Hole 1: Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm

Hole 10: Andrew Landry, Tyler Duncan, Billy Horschel

2:02 p.m. ET

Hole 1: Brandt Snedeker, Jim Furyk, Tommy Fleetwood

Hole 10: C.T. Pan, Adam Long, Si Woo Kim

2:13 p.m. ET

Hole 1: Andrew Putnam, Tony Finau, Zach Johnson

Hole 10: Joaquin Niemann, Shane Lowry, Aaron Wise

2:24 p.m. ET

Hole 1: Kevin Na, Jason Day, Patton Kizzire

Hole 10: Chris Stroud, Nick Watney, Byeong Hun An

2:35 p.m. ET

Hole 1: Emiliano Grillo, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Roger Sloan

Hole 10: Charley Hoffman, Vaughn Taylor, Harold Varner III

2:46 p.m. ET

Hole 1: Kevin Streelman, Bronson Burgoon, Mark Hubbard

Hole 10: Mackenzie Hughes, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Erik van Rooyen

The Players Championship 2020, Can Rory Repeat for the First Time at Sawgrass?

Forced to Cancel? Or in Best Interest of General Public and Teams?