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THE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP

MARCH MAJESTY Solving THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass that had perplexed him, comfortable and confident Rory McIlroy emerges with an important title

By Jim McCabe

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or those gathered for walks around this golf stadium called TPC Sawgrass, there was a mood they had not experienced for a while with THE PLAYERS Championship 2019. Quick and confident, buoyant and vibrant. Perhaps owed to the move to March and a Stadium Course that had been overseeded? Possibly that, but more likely it was Rory McIlroy’s return to circa 2012-2014 form, the days of the “good” Rory, the “jaunty” Rory, the “spirited” Rory, before some head-hanging and cut-missing days brought a rare spell of inconsistency.

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“You can tell that his demeanor, it’s a lot different compared to last year,” noted McIlroy’s fourth-round playing competitor, Jason Day, THE PLAYERS 2016 Champion. Astute observation, because McIlroy confirmed that he is indeed in a different place. “I’m just more comfortable,” he said after birdies at the par-4 15th and par-5 16th got him home in 70—272 to win by one over fast-closing, Ponte Vedre resident Jim Furyk. “I’m very comfortable with where everything is.” Then again, the penthouse, or at least a floor below it, would tend to be a cozy

The gallery watching Rickie Fowler as he prepared to putt on the par 3, 17th hole during the third round of THE PLAYERS Championship on THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass.

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