Defending champion: Rory McIlroy. FedEx Cup leader: Sungjae Im. Last week: Tyrrell Hatton won the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Notes: The purse was raised to $15 million, the largest in golf history. ... Tiger Woods is sitting out, saying his back was not quite ready. He has not played the last four tournaments. ... Also missing the event from the top 50 in the world are Lee Westwood of England and Shugo Imahira of Japan. ... Rory McIlroy will try to become the first back-to-back winner since it moved to the TPC Sawgrass in 1982. ... McIlroy has finished in the top 10 at 15 of his last 19 starts on the PGA Tour in the last year. ... Greg Norman, Woods and Jason Day are the only players to win The Players at No. 1 in the world. ... The field features 110 players who have won on the PGA Tour, the most of any tournament dating to 2007. ... Of the 19 players at Sawgrass for the first time, eight have won tournaments in the last year. ... This is the final event to be among the top 64 in the world who qualify for the Dell Match Play in two weeks in Texas. ... Henrik Stenson in 2009 and Si Woo Kim in 2017 are the only winners of The Players who did not reach the season-ending Tour Championship.
Next week: Valspar Championship. Online: www.pgatour.com
Last tournament: Inbee Park won the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open.
Next week: Volvik Founders Cup.
Race to CME Globe leader: Inbee Park.
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
Last week: Ernie Els won the Hoag Classic.
Next tournament: Rapiscan System Classic on March 27-29.
Charles Schwab Cup leader: Bernhard Langer.
Last week: Jorge Campillo won the Qatar Masters.
Next week: Hero Indian Open.
Race to Dubai leader: Patrick Reed.
KORN FERRY TOUR
Last tournament: David Kocher won El Bosque Mexico Championship.
Next week: Chitimacha Louisian Open.
Points leader: Mito Pereira.
Ladies European Tour: Investec South African Women’s Open, Westlake GC, Cape Town, South Africa. Defending champion: Diksha Dagar. Online: www.ladieseuropeantour.com