Golf > The PLAYERS Kicks off Thursday

| May 6, 2015


PONTE VEDRA BEACH — It’s the largest purse in tournament golf:  The PLAYERS Championship.  It gets underway Thursday at the TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course.

Here’s a few comments from some of the world’s top golfers, all preparing for the weekend’s tournament.


Jordan Spieth answered a questions from Golf Channel’s Steve Burkowski on his mindset this week:

Jordan Spieth – “I feel comfortable on this golf course. You get into the heat of things and who knows what’s going to happen. I just want to put myself in position again. I like this golf course a lot… It’s fun to have this kind of stadium on the closing holes and it makes a lot of exciting things possible.”

The Golf Channel crew discussed the play of current World Ranked Nos. 1 and 2 Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth heading into the PLAYERS:

Mark Rolfing – “There is no doubt in my mind that Jordan’s [recent form] has highly motivated Rory McIlroy, and we saw that last week. It shows me that at least in Rory’s mind, he is the No. 1 player in the world, and he wants to keep it that way.”

Notah Begay – “Don’t kid yourself, both these players have a little edginess when they get between the ropes, and they want to knock you down as much as anybody else out here.”

Jim Gallagher Jr.  – “[Spieth] has a mind like a Nicklaus or a Tiger. He’s so far ahead of everybody his age in the mind. And that’s the biggest difference to me between the good players and the great players.”

Keegan Bradley had a heated exchange with Miguel Angel Jimenez at the WGC-Cadillac Match Play last weekend in San Francisco.  How will he respond this weekend?

Notah Begay – “It’s an unfortunate incident… Controversy is like a bad hangover… He’s going to have to answer questions about it. And it’s unfortunate because when you should be focusing on this event, and getting yourself ready for the big tournaments that you want to win, you’re going to have to be answering questions, and it’s a distraction.”

Crowd favorite Rickie Fowler spoke with Burkowski on his current form coming into this week’s tournament:

Rickie Fowler – “It was nice to finally make some putts last week at the Match Play. I’ve been swinging it well, but it’s just tough to get the momentum going when the ball isn’t going in the hole with the putter.”

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