The Players Championship 2024 LIVE: Tee times, leaderboard, live commentary and how to follow – McIlroy and Scheffler lead stellar line-up at Sawgrass

The 2024 Players Championship will mark its 50th anniversary this week, and there is another stellar line-up eyeing glory at TPC Sawgrass.

Current champion Scottie Scheffler, who won the Arnold Palmer Invitational last weekend, is back in Florida to defend his title, but he will face stern competition from the world’s leading players.

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Scheffler was far too good for everyone else in at the Players in 2023Credit: Getty

Dubbed the fifth major, this is the flagship tournament on the PGA Tour and boasts a prize fund of $25million.

TPC Sawgrass is famous for its Island Green, par-3 17th, which has provided plenty of memorable moments down the years.

Scheffler and Rory McIlroy have both won here while Cameron Smith, Justin Thomas and Tiger Woods are also among the former champions.

The Players 2024: Date and how to follow

This tournament got underway on Thursday, March 14 and will run until Sunday, March 17.

It is taking place at the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass, Florida. The course is a par 72 and will measure 7,189 yards in length.

Play is due to start at 11:40am UK time each day.

talkSPORT 2 will have live commentary of all four days in Florida and you can listen here.

Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Golf will also show the whole event.

The Waterford Crystal Trophy would look good on one of these player's mantlepiece

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The Waterford Crystal Trophy would look good on one of these player’s mantlepieceCredit: Getty
DJ Khaled calls out Rory McIlroy as he challenges him to 9 holes on the Golf course ahead of ‘The Match’ in Florida

The Players 2024: Field and tee times

The Players started with a field of 144 players, which has been cut to 71 for the last day.

LIV Golf players have not been invited, meaning there is no Jon Rahm.

The latest leaderboard from Jacksonville can be found here.

Hovland is one of several Ryder Cup stars to be taking part at The Players

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Hovland is one of several Ryder Cup stars to be taking part at The PlayersCredit: Getty

Upcoming PGA Tour events

Valspar Championship

Mar 21 / Mar 24 – Innisbrook Resort, Florida – $8.4m prize pot

Texas Children’s Houston Open

Mar 28 / Mar 31 – Memorial Park Golf Course, Texas – $9.1m prize pot

Valero Texas Open

Apr 4 / Apr 7 – TPC San Antonio, Texas – $9.2m prize pot

The Masters

Apr 11 / Apr 14 – Augusta National Golf Club, Georgia – Major Championship

RBC Heritage

Apr 18 / Apr 21 – Harbour Town Golf Links, South Carolina – $20m prize pot – Signature event

The Players 2024: What has been said?

World number one Scheffler believes he faces a ‘very tall task’ to enjoy a sustained period of dominance despite seemingly finding the solution to his sole weakness, putting.

He said: “I think it would be good for the game. I think anytime you have a figure that kind of dominates… like I think of the NBA, you look at Steph Curry for those years where the [Golden State] Warriors were winning a bunch, people would say they got tired of it but at the end of the day, people were still showing up and watching because he was incredible to watch, and you want to watch greatness when you’re out there.

“So I think it would be good for the game of golf, and we’ll see what happens with the sport in the next few years.

“It’s a pretty challenging game and we’ve got a lot of talent out here, so being that dominant figure I think is a very tall task to ask of anybody, but we’ve got some guys out here that I think can definitely pull it off.”

Asked to name a player, other than Tiger Woods, who had dominated the game recently, Scheffler added: “Well, you kind of put me in a little corner here by taking Tiger away.

“As far as I’m concerned and in my lifetime, Tiger’s really been the guy that’s dominated basically since 1997 up until about 2020, whenever he really got hurt. I don’t know if we’ll ever see anything like that again in the game of golf.

“As far as who else has been dominant, I think you’ve had a lot of guys that go through stretches where they are. You had Jordan [Spieth] go through his stretch, you had a year where JT [Justin Thomas] won five times, you had those years where Rory was winning majors by a bunch of shots.

“Nobody’s really been able to have the longevity that Tiger had.”



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