Sawgrass' 17th plays starring attraction

Originally Published: May 13, 2011
By Gene Wojciechowski | ESPN.com

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Tiger Woods withdrew after nine holes. World No. 1 Lee Westwood and No. 6 Rory McIlroy didn't even bother to stop by. Phil Mickelson is already eight shots out of the lead.

Doesn't matter.

That's because the star of the Players Championship isn't a player; it's a 4,088-square-foot patch of agony stuck in the middle of a lagoon. The PGA Tour ought to arrange an autograph session for it. Give it its own space in the clubhouse parking lot.

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