That figure is only $500,000 more than the U.S. Open-now golf's second-most lucrative tournament ever-and $2.25 million (£1.9 million) will go to the victor on the Stadium Course at Sawgrass.
Its $US12.5 million purse is the richest on the PGA Tour.
Another American, Ryan Moore, made the ninth hole-in-one in tournament history at the famous island-green 17th, where he slam dunked a sand wedge from 120 yards.
What hasn't changed is handicapping the field.
In order to adapt TPC Sawgrass to the weather conditions, the entire course was overseeded with ryegrass. It has produced champions like Woods and Greg Norman, or Fred Funk and Hal Sutton when it was held in March.
With a win this week, Woods would tie Jack Nicklaus for the most Players victories. Woods and Adam Scott are the only players at Sawgrass who have won The Players when it was in March. "Now, I can go for it", said Kiradech, who is ranked 48th on the FedEx Cup points list. "It's not brutally hard, but if the wind blows, it's going to play tough".
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'The course here is in spectacular shape with very little rough, much like Augusta!
"I hit a 5-iron into the first hole", he said. All in all, I played solid and hit a lot of greens. A lot of other holes are like that, too. However, I think I've nearly secured my card for next season, so it releases some stress a little bit and this will allow me to play my own game. "I think it's a great test".
According to the PGA, scoring averages for the Players Championship in March are almost one stroke higher over May.
Moore shot a five-under 67 and is two back of the leaders. He has only five rounds in the 60s. Just judging the distance, balls going miles and would never stop in the fairways. "I haven't got the best record on 17". So he ran over and like grabbed me and, I don't know, I think he gave me a hug or something. "It was frustrating, too".
Fleetwood started from the 10th and managed just one birdie in his first nine holes, but then picked up shots on the first, second and fifth and finished with a hat-trick of birdies from the seventh.
Tiger Woods was among those with a late tee time. But instead of hitting 9-iron, he went with a 3-iron.
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'Everything is good, Woods told Golfweek. "It's not real complicated".
This has led to a couple of two-stroke penalties, and also one situation in which a player had a penalty rescinded after officials acknowledged the new rule was causing confusion. And no, you can't really play poorly and win this event.
"I'm going to have to get up to six (under) or better to feel like I'm not way back heading into the weekend". The Italian has only taken part in four PGA Tour events during the 2018-19 campaign, but his gradual improvement over the campaign could make him a dark horse come Sunday.
Now he defends his title on what feels like a new course, which might be the one comparison with a major this week.
"Apparently I guessed right", he said. "Based on our past events here in May, just making sure I'm clear on what we're doing off the tees".
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