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May 9, 2013

Stars come out for Players Championship

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Adam Scott never had to take this much time walking from the clubhouse to the practice range at TPC Sawgrass.

He couldn’t take more than a few steps without a player or a caddie stopping to congratulate him for his feel-good win at Augusta National. There were so many fans pressed against the fence to get his autograph that it nearly collapsed. Finally, he got into a cart to head to the back end of the practice range.

It’s time for the Masters champion to get back to work, and that might prove tougher than the actual work at The Players Championship.

Scott has virtually disappeared since holing that 12-foot birdie putt on the second extra hole to become the first Australian to win the Masters. He was in New York for a couple of days and then headed to The Bahamas where he has a home.

He usually takes a few weeks off after a major to decompress. This time, he waited an extra week before picking up a club. It felt that good.

“I’ve had a really nice break since the Masters, which I had planned anyway,” Scott said Wednesday. “But it was even better because I was floating around on the clouds the last three weeks. It’s been an overwhelming time for me.”

Once he finally put a club back in his hands, the swing felt as pure as that final round at Augusta. He was eager to compete again, and The Players Championship is enough to get any pro’s attention.

It features the strongest and deepest field in golf all year, on a Stadium Course that had can be challenging, frustrating, punishing and rarely dull. Scott won The Players in 2004 after hitting 5-iron into the water on the 18th and making a 10-foot bogey putt to win by a shot.

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