Justin Thomas returns to defend his title, while Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm are among a strong field at TPC Sawgrass; watch round-the-clock coverage of The Players live on Sky Sports’ dedicated Players channel

Last Updated: 04/03/22 10:50pm

    One of the biggest events in the PGA Tour calendar takes place this month, with round-the-clock coverage of The Players at TPC Sawgrass live on Sky Sports dedicated Players Championship channel

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    One of the biggest events in the PGA Tour calendar takes place this month, with round-the-clock coverage of The Players at TPC Sawgrass live on Sky Sports dedicated Players Championship channel

    One of the biggest events in the PGA Tour calendar takes place this month, with round-the-clock coverage of The Players at TPC Sawgrass live on Sky Sports dedicated Players Championship channel

    Phil Mickelson has officially ruled himself out of a return to action at The Players, while Bryson DeChambeau has been included in the provisional field for TPC Sawgrass.

    Mickelson is currently taking a break from competitive golf, following the fall-out from his claims that the PGA Tour acts like a “dictatorship” and that he was using the threat of a breakaway Saudi Golf League to “reshape” how the Tour operates.

    The six-time major winner is yet to set a return date to action and was a notable absentee from the 144-man entry list for next week’s event, where 48 of the world’s top 50 are set to tee it up.

    Nick Dougherty and Rich Beem think Phil Mickelson's statement does not seem sincere and seems like more of an apology to the Saudis about having to pull out of the proposed league

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    Nick Dougherty and Rich Beem think Phil Mickelson’s statement does not seem sincere and seems like more of an apology to the Saudis about having to pull out of the proposed league

    Nick Dougherty and Rich Beem think Phil Mickelson’s statement does not seem sincere and seems like more of an apology to the Saudis about having to pull out of the proposed league

    Harris English is the other player from the world’s top 50 definitely not involved, with the American still recovering from a hip injury that has ruled him out of PGA Tour action since a tied-55th finish in January’s Sony Open.

    Ryder Cup-winning captain Steve Stricker also misses out through injury and Tiger Woods continues his rehabilitation from last February’s car crash, meaning the PGA Tour’s flagship event will take place without Woods and Mickelson for the first time since 1994.

    Justin Thomas returns to defend his title after last year’s one-shot victory over Lee Westwood, bidding to become the first player to claim back-to-back Players Championship wins, with 2019 champion Rory McIlroy and world No 1 Jon Rahm among the notable names in the field.

    A look back at the best of the action from the final round of The Players in 2021 at TPC Sawgrass

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    A look back at the best of the action from the final round of The Players in 2021 at TPC Sawgrass

    A look back at the best of the action from the final round of The Players in 2021 at TPC Sawgrass

    DeChambeau is currently scheduled to make a return to action, a week on from missing his title defence at the Arnold Palmer Invitational due to a left wrist problem, with the former US Open champion limited to just three worldwide starts so far in an injury-plagued 2022.

    He revealed in a social media post that he would “try and get back and play for The Players”, although remains an injury doubt having pulled out of several events already this season.

    The top 30 players in the FedExCup standings are all set to feature at The Players, with 25 countries represented in an international field, while the winners of the Arnold Palmer Invitational and Puerto Rico Open this weekend can still secure a last-minute invite.

    Current field for The Players (as of Friday March 4)

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    • Ancer, Abraham
    • Berger, Daniel
    • Bradley, Keegan
    • Bramlett, Joseph
    • Buckley, Hayden
    • Burns, Sam
    • Cantlay, Patrick
    • Casey, Paul
    • Champ, Cameron
    • Cink, Stewart
    • Clark, Wyndham
    • Conners, Corey
    • Dahmen, Joel
    • Davis, Cam
    • Day, Jason
    • DeChambeau, Bryson
    • Finau, Tony
    • Fitzpatrick, Matt
    • Fleetwood, Tommy
    • Frittelli, Dylan
    • Garcia, Sergio
    • Garnett, Brice
    • Gay, Brian
    • Ghim, Doug
    • Glover, Lucas
    • Gooch, Talor
    • Grace, Branden
    • Griffin, Lanto
    • Grillo, Emiliano
    • Hadley, Chesson
    • Hadwin, Adam
    • Hagy, Brandon
    • Hahn, James
    • Harman, Brian
    • Hatton, Tyrrell
    • Henley, Russell
    • Herbert, Lucas
    • Hickok, Kramer
    • Higgo, Garrick
    • Higgs, Harry
    • Hodges, Lee
    • Hoffman, Charley
    • Hoge, Tom
    • Homa, Max
    • Horschel, Billy
    • Hossler, Beau
    • Hovland, Viktor
    • Hughes, Mackenzie
    • Im, Sungjae
    • Jaeger, Stephan
    • Johnson, Dustin
    • Johnson, Zach
    • Jones, Matt
    • Kim, Si Woo
    • Kirk, Chris
    • Kisner, Kevin
    • Kizzire, Patton
    • Knox, Russell
    • Koepka, Brooks
    • Kokrak, Jason
    • Kuchar, Matt
    • Lahiri, Anirban
    • Laird, Martin
    • Lebioda, Hank
    • Lee, Danny
    • Lee, K.H.
    • Leishman, Marc
    • List, Luke
    • Long, Adam
    • Lowry, Shane
    • Malnati, Peter
    • Matsuyama, Hideki
    • McCarthy, Denny
    • McCumber, Tyler
    • McIlroy, Rory
    • McNealy, Maverick
    • Merritt, Troy
    • Mitchell, Keith
    • Molinari, Francesco
    • Moore, Taylor
    • Morikawa, Collin
    • Muñoz, Sebastián
    • Na, Kevin
    • NeSmith, Matthew
    • Niemann, Joaquin
    • Noren, Alex
    • Norlander, Henrik
    • Oosthuizen, Louis
    • Ortiz, Carlos
    • Palmer, Ryan
    • Pan, C.T.
    • Pendrith, Taylor
    • Pereira, Mito
    • Perez, Pat
    • Piercy, Scott
    • Pieters, Thomas
    • Poston, J.T.
    • Poulter, Ian
    • Power, Seamus
    • Putnam, Andrew
    • Rahm, Jon
    • Reavie, Chez
    • Redman, Doc
    • Reed, Patrick
    • Rose, Justin
    • Ryder, Sam
    • Schauffele, Xander
    • Scheffler, Scottie
    • Schenk, Adam
    • Schwartzel, Charl
    • Scott, Adam
    • Simpson, Webb
    • Sloan, Roger
    • Smith, Cameron
    • Snedeker, Brandt
    • Spaun, J.J.
    • Spieth, Jordan
    • Stallings, Scott
    • Stanley, Kyle
    • Steele, Brendan
    • Straka, Sepp
    • Streb, Robert
    • Streelman, Kevin
    • Stuard, Brian
    • Swafford, Hudson
    • Theegala, Sahith
    • Thomas, Justin
    • Todd, Brendon
    • Tringale, Cameron
    • Tway, Kevin
    • van Rooyen, Erik
    • Varner III, Harold
    • Vegas, Jhonattan
    • Walker, Jimmy
    • Wallace, Matt
    • Watney, Nick
    • Watson, Bubba
    • Werenski, Richy
    • Westwood, Lee
    • Wise, Aaron
    • Wolff, Matthew
    • Woodland, Gary
    • Young, Cameron
    • Zalatoris, Will

    Who will win The Players? Watch throughout the week live on Sky Sports’ dedicated channel – Sky Sports The Players! Live coverage begins on Tuesday with the ‘Live from The Players’ show on Tuesday at 2pm.