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Fowler, Spieth Commit to The Players Championship

Rickie Fowler

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – With just a few weeks remaining until the best players in the world descend on The Players Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass from May 10-15, defending champion Rickie Fowler and 2014-15 FedExCup champion Jordan Spieth have committed to play.

The tournament continues to provide the best fan experience in golf, and that extends to the use of the PGA TOUR app, which will help fans with everything from locating players on the course to giving up-to-date location information. 2016 marks the 15th anniversary of one of the most iconic moments in its history. Tiger Woods’ “Better than most” putt on the 17th green during the third round in 2001, which he would eventually win.

The Players Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass is the purest test in golf – it favors no one style of play, yet challenges all. With a mixture of short and long par-3s, par-4s and par-5s that dogleg in both directions, players are forced to work the ball both ways, and the treacherous green complexes demand short game sharpness.

The best field in golf continues to grow as more of the best players in the world commit to The Players. Recently, defending champion Rickie Fowler and defending FedExCup champion Jordan Spieth confirmed they will be teeing it up.

Fowler orchestrated the greatest finish in the history of championship last year, playing the final four holes in 11 shots, going birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie to set a tournament record over that stretch of holes. His finish in regulation earned him a spot in the first three-hole aggregate playoff in the history of the tournament against Sergio Garcia and Kevin Kisner.

After Garcia was eliminated in the three-hole playoff, Fowler defeated Kisner on the first sudden-death hole, the 17th, which he birdied for the third time that day, and fifth time for the week. The win was the second of his career and first at Players in six attempts, his previous best finish a T2 in 2012.

So far this season, Fowler has five top 10s in 10 starts, including a playoff loss at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Spieth, the 22 year old Texas native, shared the lead through 54 holes in 2014 with eventual champion Martin Kaymer, but faltered on the final day, shooting a 2-over 74. The nine-time PGA TOUR winner, including two major championships and the FedExCup in 2015, is making his third start at the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass.

Spieth’s five-win performance in 2015 earned him PGA Tour Player of the Year honors, and vaulted him to the No. 1 spot in the Official World Golf Ranking, in addition to helping him win the FedExCup. This season, Spieth has already claimed victory at the Tournament of Champions in Maui, where he triumphed by eight shots.

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