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Field Study: A quick look at each player at THE PLAYERS Championship

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- A total of 144 players will tee off Thursday for the first round of THE PLAYERS Championship. Here's a quick look at each one (in alphabetical order).

Field Study: THE PLAYERS Championship
Blake AdamsMissed cut last year in only PLAYERS start and has just one top-10 in 14 starts this year
Robert AllenbyAussie's a darkhorse pick at TPC Sawgrass -- second in 2010; T4 in 2003
Arjun AtwalBeen a tough year for the native of India -- 10 missed cuts in 12 starts
Aaron BaddeleyHas two top-10s in last three PLAYERS starts; one of best putters on TOUR
Sang-Moon BaeTOUR rookie from South Korea has struggled since losing Transitions playoff
Briny BairdHas 30 top-10s in 360 TOUR starts but still seeking first victory
Ricky BarnesHis third-place finish at AT&T Pebble Beach was best result in two years
Matt BettencourtHas played six rounds at TPC Sawgrass; best score was a 74
Kris BlanksHas made 14 starts this season and is still seeking first top-10
Keegan BradleyReigning PGA champ made cut last year but finished 72nd
Michael BradleyHas made nine PLAYERS starts but hasn't made cut since 1998
Jonathan ByrdPosted third top-10 of season at Wells Fargo; no top-10s in nine PLAYERS starts
Angel CabreraHas yet to post a top-20 finish in his first nine starts this year
Chad CampbellHis T24 at RBC Heritage is best finish in 12 starts in 2012
Paul CaseyStill trying to find his game after coming back from shoulder injury
Bud CauleyRookie. Jacksonville native estimates he's played the Stadium Course 100 times
Greg ChalmersAussie known for his putting prowess has been quietly consistent this season
Kevin ChappellHas a couple of T24s, his best finish in 13 starts this year
K.J. ChoiHad never finished better than T16 at PLAYERS until winning last year in his 10th start
Stewart CinkIn 62 starts since 2009 British Open win, his best finish is T5 (2010 Match Play)
Tim ClarkInjury-plagued 2010 PLAYERS champ has made just 10 starts in last two years
Chris CouchNo one on TOUR has hit more greens in regulations outside of 200 yards this year
Ben CraneIn three-year stretch between 2008-10, he finished T6, T5 and T4 at PLAYERS
Ben CurtisHe's red-hot: Followed win at Valero Texas Open with a T13 and a T5
Brian DavisIn his last 10 rounds at TPC Sawgrass, has shot 71 five times
Jason DayFinished T6 here last year and finally posted first top-10 of year at Wells Fargo
Brendon de JongeOpened season with T10 at Sony Open but hasn't matched that since
Graham DeLaetBig-hitting Canadian finished tied for fourth at Zurich Classic last month
Chris DiMarcoIn 32 career rounds at TPC Sawgrass, has seven rounds under par
Luke DonaldIn nine PLAYERS starts, has two top-10 finishes, including T4 last year
James DriscollTwo top-10s in his last four starts, including T9 at Wells Fargo
Jason DufnerZurich Classic winner finished T6 last year at TPC Sawgrass
Ken DukeVeteran enjoying a solid year on TOUR; already has three top-10s
Simon DysonWon twice last year on European Tour but no top 10s thus far in 2012
Ernie ElsIn 18 starts at THE PLAYERS, Els has four top-10s including T6 in 2008
Harris EnglishUGA product being allowed inside the ropes at TPC Sawgrass for the first time
Bob EstesJust three of his 23 career rounds on the weekend at TPC Sawgrass are under par
Matt EveryLike Caukley, another Jacksonville native in this event for the first time.
Rickie FowlerThe monkey's off his back with Wells Fargo win; what's he got for an encore?
Harrison FrazarIn 10 PLAYERS starts, has six MCs and a best finish of T33 (2000)
Jim FurykLocal resident has three top-10s at TPC Sawgrass in last eight starts
Tommy GaineyFinished 35th on money list last year but currently 171st this year
Sergio GarciaHas four top-15 finishes in last six PLAYERS starts, including win in 2008
Robert GarrigusTwo runner-up finishes in his first 10 starts this year
Brian GayHis T12 finish last year was best PLAYERS result in 10 career starts
Tom GillisHis lone PLAYERS start was a missed cut in 2005
Lucas GloverHis third-place finish in 2010 was only time he's contended in six PLAYERS starts
Retief GoosenIn last 11 starts dating back to last June, has just one top-20 finish
Bill HaasReigning FedExCup champ's best finish in five starts here? A T39 in 2010
Hunter HaasThe $180K he won at Valero Texas Open was second-best payday of career
Peter HansonShows up at big events -- T3 (Masters), T4 (Cadillac), T5 (Match Play)
Padraig HarringtonHis 61 at Transitions is tied for lowest round on TOUR this year
David HearnHas made seven of 13 cuts this year; final-round averages ranks 4th on TOUR
J.J. HenryIn 10 PLAYERS starts, has made the cut just three times (best finish T42)
Tim HerronLone top 10 in 14 PLAYERS starts came in 2005 (T6) when he opened with 68-66
Charley HoffmanHis T8 at RBC Heritage was first top-10 finish in last 25 TOUR starts
J.B. HolmesTwo top-10 finishes this year since returning from brain surgery
Charles Howell IIIStill seeking his first round in 60s at TPC Sawgrass (28 career rounds)
John HuhThree top-10s, including Mayakoba win, in first 12 starts on TOUR
Ryuji ImadaMade cut in just three of his first 12 starts this year
Trevor ImmelmanHis T33 last year at PLAYERS was first time he made cut at TPC Sawgrass
Fredrik JacobsonHasn't been in contention this year but does have four Top-20 finishes
Brandt JobeFive missed cuts in seven starts at THE PLAYERS
Zach JohnsonEight of his last 12 rounds at TPC Sawgrass have been under par
Sung KangTough year thus far with nine missed cuts in first 15 starts
Robert KarlssonSwede has yet to record top 10 this year on PGA TOUR or in Europe
Martin KaymerFinal-round scoring average at PLAYERS is 3 strokes higher than any other round
Jerry KellyFinished 4th in 2001 and T6 in 2004 in best two PLAYERS finishes
J.J. KilleenNationwide Tour money winner in 2011 has 10 missed cuts in 16 starts in 2012
Chris KirkIn 17 starts since Viking Classic win last year, has just one top-30 finish
Colt KnostSolid season already with two top-fives in 2012 on courses that demand accuracy
Matt KucharThree top-20 finishes in last five starts at TPC Sawgrass
Martin LairdCumulative 37 under in first two stroke-play starts in 2012; cumulative 13 over since
Marc LeishmanWill try to get over nightmarish 81-80 showing at TPC Sawgrass last year
Justin LeonardAmazingly, his 1998 PLAYERS win is only time in 17 starts he's finished in top 10
Spencer LevinShot in the 60s just one time in his last 17 rounds on TOUR
Davis Love IIISeven top-10s in 26 PLAYERS starts, including wins in 1992, 2003
Jeff MaggertBack at the Stadium Course for the first time since 2008
Hunter MahanThis season's only two-timer winner finished T6 here last year
John MallingerHas struggled has posting a tie for second at Humana Challenge in January
David MathisHad two top-20 finishes prior to missing cut at Wells Fargo
Troy MattesonFor what it's worth, no one on TOUR has a steeper launch angle this year
Billy MayfairHis only top-10 in 20 PLAYERS starts came in 2001 (T5)
Graeme McDowellRanks second to Jim Furyk in driving accuracy this year
Rory McIlroyMissed the cut in his two previous PLAYERS starts and didn't play last year
George McNeillPuerto Rico win was second of career and first since 2007
John MerrickBest finish in 151 career TOUR starts was second at 2009 Bob Hope (now Humana)
Phil MickelsonThree rounds in 60s in winning here in 2007; two rounds in 60s since then
Bryce MolderSix top-20 finishes in first 10 TOUR starts this year
Francesco MolinariLike Rickie Fowler, he comes off a win (Spanish Open on European Tour)
Ryan MooreHas come on strong with three top-10 finishes in last four starts
Kevin NaHas been in contention a lot with four top 10s, also T3 at 2009 PLAYERS
Sean O'HairHas just two top-20 finishes in the event and one top-10 this year, a T2 in Hawaii
Nick O'HernHas missed six cuts in 11 starts this year, including last two
Joe OgilvieFailed to qualify for last two PLAYERS, missed the cut four straight years prior
Geoff OgilvyWithdrew with shoulder injury in second round last year; best finish a T16 in 2004
Louis OosthuizenTwo European Tour wins this year to go with runner-up at Masters
Jeff OvertonHas had up-and-down year but does boast two top-5s this season
Ryan PalmerMissed the cut in last three PLAYERS; coming off a T4 in New Orleans, where he carded a 64
Rod PamplingFirst PLAYERS since 2009; missed the cut in four of last five appearances
Pat PerezSolid year with five top-25 finishes but has missed cut in last two PLAYERS
Tom Pernice Jr.One of the oldest players in the field at 52, playing in his 11th PLAYERS
Carl PetterssonWon last month at Hilton Head; also has two runner-up finishes this season
Scott PiercyRanks 17th in driving distance and 19th in strokes gained-putting, but 161st in fairways hit
D.A. PointsComing off a playoff loss at Quail Hollow; making just third PLAYERS start
Ian PoulterRunner-up in 2009, comes into this year's event off two top-7 finishes in last two TOUR starts
Alvaro QuirosTied for sixth at last year's PLAYERS; won twice on European Tour in 2011
Chez ReavieTied for 60th in 2009 in only appearance at PLAYERS; is coming off MC in Charlotte
John RollinsUp-and-down year with five missed cuts in 12 starts but also four top 10s
Andres RomeroFailed to break 70 in last 12 rounds but did tie for 10th here two years ago
Justin RoseWin at Doral was one of four top 10s this year but has missed cut here four of last five trips
Rory SabbatiniMissed the cut in three of his last four starts; best PLAYERS finish a T27 in '08
Adam ScottWon here in '04, T6 last year; has played sparingly this year with four starts on TOUR
John SendenIn top 10 on TOUR in greens hit and birdie average; coming off good week in Charlotte
Webb SimpsonComing off a fourth in Charlotte, where he recorded his fourth top 10 this year
Vijay SinghFive finishes in top 15 in hometown event; best was a runner-up in 2001
Heath SlocumComing off strong effort at Quail Hollow; tied for fourth here two years ago
Brandt SnedekerWon earlier this year in San Diego; coming off two straight top-20 finishes
Kevin StadlerThree top 10s this year, including one last month in Hilton Head
Scott StallingsMaking his PLAYERS debut; has missed seven cuts in 11 starts this year
Kyle StanleyJust one top 20 since win in Phoenix back in February; making PLAYERS debut
Brendan SteeleMissed the cut in first trip last year; two top-10s this season
Henrik StensonLoves TPC Sawgrass: Won here in '09 and also had a T10 in '08 and a T3 in '06
Kevin StreelmanAfter two missed cuts in his first two trips, tied for 19th last year
Steve StrickerFour top 10s in just seven starts this year; only one MC in last six PLAYERS
Chris StroudFinished T10 and T12 last two years; just one finish outside top 25 since Mexico
Josh TeaterMissed the cut in lone appearance last year; missed three of last four cuts this year
Michael ThompsonPlaying in his first PLAYERS; ranks in top 10 on TOUR in Strokes Gained-Putting
David TomsLost playof to K.J. Choi here last year; in top 5 on TOUR in driving accuracy
D.J. TrahanMissed the cut in 5 of 6 trips to TPC Sawgrass; WD from Quail Hollow with back injury
Cameron TringaleMaking PLAYERS debut; comes in with top-10 finishes in three of last four starts
Bo Van PeltFeast or famine here with a T4 and a T8 ... and five missed cuts
Jhonattan VegasMissed the cut here last year and doesn't have a finish in top 25 this season
Scott VerplankHas made just five starts this year after undergoing wrist surgery last September
Camilo VillegasTied for third in '06 event but has struggled with a bad back this season
Johnson WagnerAVIS Player of the Month for January with three top 10s including a win and a second
Jimmy WalkerMaking third straight trip to PLAYERS; tied for 26th two years ago
Nick WatneyCareer-best T4 at last year's PLAYERS and is coming off an eighth in Charlotte
Lee WestwoodBack for first time since 2010 when he was T4; has four top-5 finishes this season
Charlie WiTwo top-5 finishes this season but has two MCs in four trips to TPC Sawgrass
Mark WilsonWon in January but has just one top 25 since February, one of TOUR's most accurate off tee
Gary WoodlandMaking first start since WD from Masters with wrist injury
Tiger WoodsComing off 8th MC of career; WD from last two PLAYERS because of injury
Y.E. YangHas two MCs in three trips to TPC Sawgrass; zero top 25s in stroke play this year
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