With three weeks to go until the strongest field in golf reconvenes at TPC Sawgrass, THE PLAYERS Championship will profile three players each week to highlight the biggest storylines and set the stage for the 2023 championship. Jordan Spieth, Will Zalatoris and Adam Scott will be among those who arrive at THE PLAYERS coming off successful seasons in 2021-22.
A 13-time PGA TOUR winner, Jordan Spieth won the 2022 RBC Heritage for his lone victory in 2021-22 and finished 13th in the final FedExCup standings before becoming the sixth player to earn a perfect 5-0-0 record in the Presidents Cup. In four starts during the 2022-23 season, Spieth’s best finish is a T13 at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. Set to make his ninth appearance at THE PLAYERS, the native Texan will look to find the form that led to a T4 in his debut at TPC Sawgrass in 2014 – his only top-10 finish at the event.
Returning from a back injury that forced him to withdraw from the final two FedExCup Playoffs events, Will Zalatoris is aiming to resume his rise on the PGA TOUR after collecting his maiden victory in the Playoffs opener at the 2022 FedEx St. Jude Championship. The 26-year-old has also notched four runner-up finishes in some of the game’s biggest events, including the 2022 PGA Championship and U.S. Open. In three starts this season, Zalatoris finished T11 at the Sentry Tournament Champions, which marked his first start since August. Zalatoris made his debut at THE PLAYERS in 2021 and has finished 21st and T26 in his first two starts, respectively.
The second-youngest winner of THE PLAYERS at 23 years old, Adam Scott only needed 41 PGA TOUR starts before winning at TPC Sawgrass in 2004, which served as his second career TOUR title. Now a 42-year-old, Scott enjoyed a consistent season in 2021-22 that yielded five top-10s and his first trip to the TOUR Championship since 2019. Scott opened the 2022-23 season by playing in both Hawaii events, with a T21 at the Sony Open in Hawaii being his best result. The native Aussie will make his 21st career appearance at THE PLAYERS in 2023, where he owns four top-10 finishes inclusive of his breakout victory nearly two decades ago.