For the first time in 28 years, The Players will be without either Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson competing.
In perhaps the least surprising golf news of the week, Lefty has not committed to appearing at the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass but Bryson DeChambeau will.
DeChambeau is expected to finally make his return to the PGA Tour after injuring his wrist and back earlier this season. The 28-year-old had looked in visible pain at the Farmers Insurance Open off the back of withdrawing from the Saudi International.
“I just feel like it’s too short a time to get back to playing at 100 per cent capacity,” DeChambeau announced before he also pulled out of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
As the defending champion, it was a shame not to see DeChambeau compete. His memorable drives over water, making minced meat out of the par-5 sixth hole at Bay Hill were an extraordinary sight whatever you made of them.