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Players Championship: Five Aussies heading for Sawgrass

Australian golfers have claimed six victories between them at The Players Championship and two former winners will be among the field teeing it up at TPC sawgrass this time around.

Steve Elkington (twice) and Greg Norman are among the former winners of the unofficial "fifth major", while the last Aussie success in the tournament came as recently as 2022, when Camron Smith triumphed by a one-shot margin.

Smith will of course be absent this time around as he now plays on the LIV Golf circuit, but fellow former champions Jason Day (2016) and Adam Scott (2004) are back for another crack at glory.

The five-strong Australian contingent at Sawgrass is completed by Min Woo Lee, Cam Davis and Aaron Baddeley.

Day looking to repeat former glories

2015 USPGA Championship winner Jason Day led from start to finish in the 2016 Players Championship, opening up with a superb 63 which set him up nicely for an eventual four-shot victory.

He also has three other top-ten finishes to his name at Sawgrass, but the last of those came in 2019 and across his last three visits he has finished inside the top-20 on just one occasion.

Day is out at 41.00 to repeat his success of eight years ago and join Elkington as a two-time Australian winner of the Players Championship.

Scott out to mark 20-year landmark

It seems almost unbelievable that Adam Scott claimed his Players Championship title two decades ago, with the 43-year-old is 67.00 to double up at Sawgrass this time around.

The 2013 US Masters champion finished inside the top-10 in two of the three years following his one-shot victory at the "fifth major".

However, he has managed only one such finish since then - in 2017 - so he is difficult to trust at a course where he has rarely been a challenger for well over a decade.

Strong debut impressive from Lee

Min Woo Lee may only have played in the Players Championship once, but a tie for sixth place 12 months ago showed just how much potential the 25-year-old has to challenge at the very top of the game.

He stands at 61.00 to take the honours at Sawgrass, having been just two shots off the pace after three rounds in 2023 before falling off the pace with a closing 76 - with his first three rounds of 68, 70 and 66 highly impressive.

A tie for second place at the Cognizant Championship earlier this month shows that there is not too much with Lee’s game heading into the action at Sawgrass.

Davis went close in 2023

Cam Davis was third heading into the final round of the Players Championship last year, but like Lee was unable to impress over the final 18 rounds and had to settle for a share of sixth place alongside his compatriot and five other golfers.

Davis also finished in a share of fourth place at the USPGA Championship in 2023, while his best finish of the 2024 season to date came at the recently completed Arnold Palmer Invitational.

The 29-year-old is out at 111.00 to win the Players Championship.

Baddeley completes the Aussie quintet

Aaron Baddeley is very much the outsider of the five Australians in the Players Championship, with his outright odds currently as long as 501.00.

The 42-year-old has two top-10 finishes at Sawgrass to his name, but those came back in 2009 and 2011 and he has failed to make the cut on six of his last eight outings at the Florida showpiece.

So far this season Baddeley has not secured a top-20 finish in six tournament outings and his last professional victory came at the Barbasol Championship back in 2016.

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