[PHOTO: Jared C. Tilton]

The big 5-0. That’s what the Players Championship is turning this year as the golf world comes back to TPC Sawgrass for the drama – and sometimes carnage – that traditionally plays out at Pete Dye’s Stadium Course.

Defending champion Scottie Scheffler, fresh off a victory at the last week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational, hopes to become the first repeat winner in the history of the event. But he’ll have his work cut out for him with eight other past champions in the field – Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy, Webb Simpson, Si Woo Kim, Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar and Adam Scott – along with 43 of the top 50 players in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Pete Dye had very different plans for TPC Sawgrass’ 17th hole in his original drawings

The 144-player field will be competing for the richest prize in on the PGA Tour. The overall purse is $US25 million with the winner taking home $US4.5 million.

Tee-times (all times local; AEDT is currently 15 hours ahead)

FIRST ROUND

First tee

7:40 AM

Ryan Moore

Chesson Hadley

Zac Blair

7:51 AM

Brandon Wu

Ben Taylor

Carson Young

8:02 AM

Alex Noren

Thomas Detry

Joseph Bramlett

8:13 AM

Camilo Villegas

Lee Hodges

Tom Hoge

8:24 AM

Kurt Kitayama

Chad Ramey

Adam Schenk

8:35 AM

Vincent Norrman

Sepp Straka

Chez Reavie

8:46 AM

Brice Garnett

Russell Henley

Steve Stricker

8:57 AM

Emiliano Grillo

Taylor Moore

Scott Stallings

9:08 AM

Billy Horschel

Sungjae Im

Webb Simpson

9:19 AM

Keegan Bradley

K.H. Lee

Adam Hadwin

9:30 AM

David Lipsky

Justin Lower

Tyson Alexander

9:41 AM

Robert MacIntyre

Ben Silverman

Ryo Hisatsune

12:45 PM

Doug Ghim

Hayden Buckley

Kevin Yu

12:56 PM

Peter Malnati

Beau Hossler

Alex Smalley

1:07 PM

Cam Davis

Sam Ryder

Stephan Jaeger

1:18 PM

Jake Knapp

Matthieu Pavon

Nick Dunlap

1:29 PM

Hideki Matsuyama

Matt Fitzpatrick

Max Homa

1:40 PM

Scottie Scheffler

Rickie Fowler

Justin Thomas

1:51 PM

Wyndham Clark

Collin Morikawa

Brian Harman

2:02 PM

Tony Finau

Will Zalatoris

Shane Lowry

2:13 PM

Austin Eckroat

Sahith Theegala

Akshay Bhatia

2:24 PM

Garrick Higgo

S.H. Kim

Andrew Novak

2:35 PM

Ben Martin

Eric Cole

Harry Hall

2:46 PM

Charley Hoffman

Sam Stevens

Sami Valimaki

10th tee

7:40 AM

Troy Merritt

Taylor Pendrith

Taylor Montgomery

7:51 AM

Michael Kim

Aaron Rai

Carl Yuan

8:02 AM

Joel Dahmen

Christiaan Bezuidenhout

Min Woo Lee

8:13 AM

Jason Day

Si Woo Kim

Matt Kuchar

8:24 AM

Sam Burns

Xander Schauffele

Tommy Fleetwood

8:35 AM

Viktor Hovland

Rory McIlroy

Jordan Spieth

8:46 AM

Ludvig Åberg

Patrick Cantlay

Adam Scott

8:57 AM

Nick Taylor

Tom Kim

Justin Rose

9:08 AM

Erik van Rooyen

Lucas Glover

Brendon Todd

9:19 AM

C.T. Pan

Kevin Streelman

Ryan Fox

9:30 AM

Martin Laird

Justin Suh

Greyson Sigg

9:41 AM

Nate Lashley

Robby Shelton

Ben Kohles

12:45 PM

Byeong Hun An

Patrick Rodgers

Matti Schmid

12:56 PM

Denny McCarthy

Matt NeSmith

Nicolai Højgaard

1:07 PM

Keith Mitchell

Mark Hubbard

Dylan Wu

1:18 PM

Grayson Murray

Seamus Power

Francesco Molinari

1:29 PM

Nick Hardy

Matt Wallace

Adam Svensson

1:40 PM

Nico Echavarria

J.T. Poston

Harris English

1:51 PM

Davis Riley

Corey Conners

J.J. Spaun

2:02 PM

Luke List

Gary Woodland

Cameron Young

2:13 PM

Chris Kirk

Mackenzie Hughes

Andrew Putnam

2:24 PM

Aaron Baddeley

Ben Griffin

Davis Thompson

2:35 PM

Tyler Duncan

Maverick McNealy

Callum Tarren

2:46 PM

Chan Kim

David Skinns

Jimmy Stanger

SECOND ROUND

First tee

7:40 AM

Byeong Hun An

Patrick Rodgers

Matti Schmid

7:51 AM

Denny McCarthy

Matt NeSmith

Nicolai Højgaard

8:02 AM

Keith Mitchell

Mark Hubbard

Dylan Wu

8:13 AM

Grayson Murray

Seamus Power

Francesco Molinari

8:24 AM

Nick Hardy

Matt Wallace

Adam Svensson

8:35 AM

Nico Echavarria

J.T. Poston

Harris English

8:46 AM

Davis Riley

Corey Conners

J.J. Spaun

8:57 AM

Luke List

Gary Woodland

Cameron Young

9:08 AM

Chris Kirk

Mackenzie Hughes

Andrew Putnam

9:19 AM

Aaron Baddeley

Ben Griffin

Davis Thompson

9:30 AM

Tyler Duncan

Maverick McNealy

Callum Tarren

9:41 AM

Chan Kim

David Skinns

Jimmy Stanger

12:45 PM

Troy Merritt

Taylor Pendrith

Taylor Montgomery

12:56 PM

Michael Kim

Aaron Rai

Carl Yuan

1:07 PM

Joel Dahmen

Christiaan Bezuidenhout

Min Woo Lee

1:18 PM

Jason Day

Si Woo Kim

Matt Kuchar

1:29 PM

Sam Burns

Xander Schauffele

Tommy Fleetwood

1:40 PM

Viktor Hovland

Rory McIlroy

Jordan Spieth

1:51 PM

Ludvig Åberg

Patrick Cantlay

Adam Scott

2:02 PM

Nick Taylor

Tom Kim

Justin Rose

2:13 PM

Erik van Rooyen

Lucas Glover

Brendon Todd

2:24 PM

C.T. Pan

Kevin Streelman

Ryan Fox

2:35 PM

Martin Laird

Justin Suh

Greyson Sigg

2:46 PM

Nate Lashley

Robby Shelton

Ben Kohles

10th tee

7:40 AM

Doug Ghim

Hayden Buckley

Kevin Yu

7:51 AM

Peter Malnati

Beau Hossler

Alex Smalley

8:02 AM

Cam Davis

Sam Ryder

Stephan Jaeger

8:13 AM

Jake Knapp

Matthieu Pavon

Nick Dunlap

8:24 AM

Hideki Matsuyama

Matt Fitzpatrick

Max Homa

8:35 AM

Scottie Scheffler

Rickie Fowler

Justin Thomas

8:46 AM

Wyndham Clark

ollin Morikawa

Brian Harman

8:57 AM

Tony Finau

Will Zalatoris

Shane Lowry

9:08 AM

Austin Eckroat

Sahith Theegala

Akshay Bhatia

9:19 AM

Garrick Higgo

S.H. Kim

Andrew Novak

9:30 AM

Ben Martin

Eric Cole

Harry Hall

9:41 AM

Charley Hoffman

Sam Stevens

Sami Valimaki

12:45 PM

Ryan Moore

Chesson Hadley

Zac Blair

12:56 PM

Brandon Wu

Ben Taylor

Carson Young

1:07 PM

Alex Noren

Thomas Detry

Joseph Bramlett

1:18 PM

Camilo Villegas

Lee Hodges

Tom Hoge

1:29 PM

Kurt Kitayama

Chad Ramey

Adam Schenk

1:40 PM

Vincent Norrman

Sepp Straka

Chez Reavie

1:51 PM

Brice Garnett

Russell Henley

Steve Stricker

2:02 PM

Emiliano Grillo

Taylor Moore

Scott Stallings

2:13 PM

Billy Horschel

Sungjae Im

Webb Simpson

2:24 PM

Keegan Bradley

K.H. Lee

Adam Hadwin

2:35 PM

David Lipsky

Justin Lower

Tyson Alexander

2:46 PM

Robert MacIntyre

Ben Silverman

Ryo Hisatsune