The Players is a really big deal

It might not officially be the fifth major, but this is certainly an elite event

Updated: May 9, 2013, 5:06 PM ET
By Farrell Evans | ESPN.com

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- At The Players, it feels like a major championship. The top 30 players in the world and 26 major champions are in the field. The winner gets an enormous $1.7 million check, larger than any awarded at the four majors. The Stadium Course doesn't have a Road Hole, an Amen Corner or Oakmont's church pew bunkers, but it does have the iconic island green at the 17th hole and the 18th, one of the most daunting finishing holes in golf.

Sawgrass is a democratic venue that ...

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