This week’s Players Championship has gathered together 18 out of 20 golf legends and top names on its field. However it still misses two golfers who won’t come to the tournament in spite of its solid purse.
No. 1 Lee Westwood and No. 6 Rory McIlroy refused playing at the TPC Sawgrass, preferring to stay at their own islands rather then try their clubs at one of the best golf fields. The event could be considered the sport’s 5th major championship but seems that for two golfers it’s an insignificant matter.
According to Luke Donald who’s ranking No.3 in the world of golf and was going to fight against Lee Westwood here, “Any time you don’t have the No. 1-ranked player, it’s going to weaken the field”.
So what are the reasons for not playing on the field for those two? McIlroy doesn’t like Pete Dye’s design; he never broken a par here, losing the cut in his only two starts. His decision not to play at the Sawgrass has been first posted on his Twitter account, saying he decided no holes at the field would be better for him than his usual 36.
Westwood, in its turn, has a considerable Players record. But since he’s not a PGA Tour member, as well as McIlroy, he is limited to only 10 tour events- 4 major championships and three World Golf Championships. So he made up his mind to skip the event and reserve his forces for other fields.
However no one is angry with the golfers, instead PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said in a statement, addressing to them they’re always welcome and they’d love to have them back to the field.
And though anyone respects their decisions, not all of them understand it. For example, Phil Mickelson disagrees with “their thought process”, while US Open winner Graeme McDowell considers “sport is a bit of selfish sometimes”. And at times, one has to decide what is better for him personally and not everyone around.