Practice Rounds at TPC Sawgrass
A greenskeeper put the finishing touches on No. 17 early Wednesday morning.
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Luke Donald is one of many players wearing pink spikes in support of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation this week.
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Justin Rose, who was on the course Wednesday, missed the cut at last week's Wachovia Championship.
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Paul Casey missed the cut in last year's Players Championship.
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Adam Scott, who became the youngest Players champion at the age of 23 in 2004, finished T6 last year.
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Henrik Stenson has yet to have a top 10 finish in 2008.
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Geoff Ogilvy is looking to improve upon his T37 finish last year.
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"I've been playing pretty well the last couple of months, and I've had some good finishes," Jim Furyk said on Monday. "I've got a few things to work on, but I'm happy, I'm pleased with the way things are going."
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Jose Maria Olazabal, right, who tied for third last year, played with Miguel Angel Jimenez on Wednesday.
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Fred Couples, who has won the Players twice, squeaked into this year's field when Will MacKenzie withdrew because of knee surgery.
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Trevor Immelman, this year's Masters champion, hasn't made a cut since winning the green jacket. He also missed the cut at last year's Players Championship.
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"I look forward to this tournament every year now because my chances of being in contention and my chances of winning have gone up greatly," Mickelson said.
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Christian Donald took a break from being his brother Luke's caddie to take a shot at the 17th green.
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"I feel as though my game is totally different [from this time last year]. I had been in the first month or so of working with Butch, my ball-striking has made leaps and bounds of improvements over the last 12 months," Phil Mickelson, here with coach Butch Harmon, said Tuesday. "I have not had as many wins as I would have liked. I've only won once this year, and I can't look at that as being a long game problem."
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Luke Donald went for the green on 18 during his practice round Wednesday.
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Aaron Baddeley hit the course for a practice round Wednesday. He finished 11 strokes off the lead in 2007.
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