Money as motivation on the PGA Tour -- where there is a $10 million purse up for grabs this week at the Players Championship -- often changes, sometimes from shot to shot.
If the Miguel Angel Jimenez/Keegan Bradley dustup taught us anything, it's that even the best golfers get hot under the collar. Don't be shocked if something similar happens at TPC Sawgrass.
All the stars come out for one of the toughest tournaments to predict, the Players Championship. Our experts give it their best shot nonetheless. Who will come out on top?
The Players Championship
Sport Science: The island green (3:09)
The LPGA star got concert tickets, went back stage and met the pop icon. All thanks to a tweet.
Match Player winner Rory McIlroy and Masters champion Jordan Spieth are in the same group for the opening two rounds at the Players Championship this week.
Tiger rusty during practice round (2:28)
Whether you think a more open Tiger is genuine or a marketing ploy, one thing is for certain: It's a stark contrast from the Woods of old.
Rory McIlroy has gone from being a young gun to experienced veteran in the blink of a 26th birthday.
Our staff ponders changes in the WGC Match Play format, admire Rory McIlroy's perseverance and look ahead to Tiger at the Players Championship.
WGC-Cadillac Match Play
McIlroy: 'I played well at the right times' (1:35)
Like the boxers he so enjoys watching, Rory McIlroy continues to develop his killer instinct. Never was that more apparent than going 7-0 to win the WGC-Cadillac Match Play this week.
What was supposed to be one of the greatest fight nights in the history of boxing turned into the most surreal impromptu pizza parties I've ever been a part of Saturday at TPC Harding Park.
U.S. Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn announced her breakup with golf star Tiger Woods on social media Sunday after nearly three years together.
Inbee Park loves coming to Texas. For the second time in three years, she's leaving the Lone Star State with a trophy.
Ian Woosnam made a 30-foot birdie putt in a playoff Sunday to win the Insperity Invitational for his first Champions Tour title.
A heated argument over a ruling between Keegan Bradley and Miguel Angel Jimenez marred the end of their match Friday afternoon at Harding Park, an almost unheard of occurrence in golf.
McIlroy-Spieth not a rivalry -- yet
Jason Sobel writes that it's too early to call Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth a rivalry and Spieth agrees: "As far as a rivalry goes, I mean, there's a lot of hard work that needs to be had to get there." Cool the talk
Sergio on Sawgrass conditions
Sergio Garcia won the Players in 2008 and he tells Michael Collins that a soggy TPC Sawgrass would be a disappointment this week.
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Jordan Spieth: Seeking to become 5th golfer (Jack Nicklaus, Hal Sutton, Tiger Woods, Martin Kaymer) to win Players + a major in same year
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8:39 a.m. ET Thursday tee times for Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day at Players. McIlroy: top 10s last 2 starts at this event
ESPN's Barrie, Collins fail at No. 17
According to the PGA Tour, since 2003, 10.5% of the balls hit at TPC Sawgrass during the Players Championship have gone splash. For ESPN's Michael Collins and SportsCenter anchor Matt Barrie, make that 100%.
Spieth excited for Players pairings
Jordan Spieth will play with Rory McIlroy and Jason Day, who he calls "some of the nicest guys out here."
Golfers: Show me the money?
Money can remain a significant motivational factor. And the juxtaposition also leads to a conundrum: Are today's players more motivated because there is more money to be earned, or less motivated because there is enough to be spread around? Sobel: Money is a moving target
Final tuneup for Tiger Woods
ESPN's Bob Harig's tweet on Woods' practice round on the back 9: "Tiger played 9 holes at TPC Sawgrass with Jason Day. Still a bit scratchy with long game but better than Tues and short game solid."
Caddy Day Care
If Tiger Woods hits like this caddy, Joe LaCava, at the famous No. 17 hole this week, he'll be in good shape.