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Ewen Murray reflects on 20 years of memorable moments at The Players Championship and discusses Rory McIlroys decision to opt out of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. The 2016 season is gathering momentum and with the first major of the year behind us, the focus is now on The Players Championship. Like the European Tours BMW PGA Championship, The Players is played at the same venue each year and no doubt Sawgrass will be in fine shape for this years edition.For those who have not had the fortune to play at Ponte Vedra, its a course that has kept pace with modern technology in its 30 odd years, despite the fact its just over 7,000 yards. Craig Perks chipped in twice on his way to a shock victory at Sawgrass in 2002 There have been some amazing finishes down the years. My colleague, Craig Perks victory stands out. The New Zealander required just two putts over the closing three holes en route to victory in 2002. Two years earlier, I can still hear Hal Sutton having struck a six-iron to 18 saying, be the right club today and it was. His playing partner that round, Tiger Woods, gave Hal the thumbs up.There have been many dramatic moments with Sergio Garcia and KJ Choi having to go beyond the 72 holes before celebrating victory. Sergios win took him to No 2 in the world, his highest position so far, while Choi became the first Korean to hold the title. Sergio Garcias Players Championship win took him to second in the world rankings Adam Scott was a young man when he found the water at the last, yet held his nerve to win. Fred Funk was in the autumn of his career when his moment came. Fred had been a Ponte Vedra resident for several years and no doubt, his success was more than popular within the local community.Our own Sandy Lyle won in the eighties, as did Aussie, Steve Elkington, who will be remembered for one of the most sweetly struck long-irons ever seen. A majestic two-iron to the 18th green finished just a few feet from the cup.Yet of all the Players I have attended and I shiver when I say 20, last years edition of the PGA Tours flagship event was the most memorable. Perhaps a rain delay added to the drama as the heavens opened so close to the end. Maybe it was Kevin Kisner trying to make The Players his first win, having come so close on several occasions. But more than likely, it was the truly brilliant play down the stretch from young American star, Rickie Fowler. Rickie Fowler birdied the 17th three times on the final day in his thrilling TPC win last year Great as this game is, there are few moments each season of that quality. It was golf at its best and the way Fowler closed out the 2015 Championship will live long in the memory. Six under for the last six holes, five under for the last four, that had never been done since PGA Tour records began and he birdied the notorious 17th three times on that final Sunday. Any Hollywood script writer would find it hard to come up with these closing lines in the last act.So whos turn will it be this year? Its eyes shut I think with a pin in your fingers! Historically, this tournament has the strongest field, perhaps rivalled by the PGA championship of America, which incidentally, will be played at the end of July this year to accommodate the return of golf to the Olympic Games. Will Jordan Spieth be over his disappointment at Augusta? Will Jason Day add to his recent impressive haul? Will Rory McIlroy find the consistency that has eluded him lately? His final round at Quail Hollow suggest only minor tweaks are necessary. I may add, will Danny Willett go on from where he left off in Georgia? All of course, are more than capable.Never has the game been in better shape. Young players have little fear and plenty of belief. For our young guns, its Ryder Cup year and our captain Darren Clarke will be there to cast his experienced eye over them. What a chance to impress on American soil and in doing so, capture Clarkes attention and join in the bid to retain the Cup in Minnesota. Darren Clarke will be looking for a strong European performance in golfs unofficial This event has been called golfs fifth major. Its not that and never will be, but its just below the four elite events in our sport and to have The Players on your CV is more than desirable.In little more than a week after the conclusion of Sawgrass, the BMW PGA Championship gets under way at Wentworth and many fans will be disappointed to hear the event will go ahead without Rory McIlroy in the field. My Twitter account went red-hot when the news was broken, most saying everyone who is eligible should be at the historic Surrey venue. Rory McIlroy has withdrawn from this months BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Having been a member of the European Tour since its inception in 1971, I believe everyone should play in this iconic event, albeit not the flagship event on our Tour. The fact is, the top players cannot compete every week.Like you, I would like Rory to be there, but lets not forget, he hosts the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and he has forgone the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational so as he can grace the French Open, which celebrates 100 years of playing at the beginning of July. He will also represent his nation in the Rio Olympics and that is the main reason he will not be at Wentworth. In doing what he is doing, I believe he is supporting his home Tour. McIlroy is still supporting the European Tour, hosting the Irish Open and choosing to play in the French Open over a WGC Some of you may not know that the worlds top 50 are exempt for the BMW PGA. So many of our home-grown players have supported The Players Championship in the past. It would be correct if some PGA Tour players made the effort to support BMW who have been superb sponsors both at home and in the USA.If I was the PGA Tour commissioner, I would advocate that his top 50 players play a minimum of two events worldwide on other Tours during the course of a season, rather than them having to gain release clauses to do so. If the Tours work together, the professional game can only get stronger. We have seen that with the European Tour and the Asian Tour and, because of their alliance, both have benefitted. PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem should encourage more players to come to Wentworth Perhaps, there are too many tournaments. Greg Norman stated over 20 years ago that we should ease towards a world Tour. I thought he was correct then and nothing has changed for me to believe otherwise. Both the PGA and European Tours would still remain strong, as they have to, to accommodate all members.The four majors, four WGC events and selected others could form a 20-week season which is about as many tournaments the top players play. Many other issues would have to be assessed; world rankings, qualifying systems, promotion and relegation etc. Maybe the task is too big, too hard, too difficult. It is however, food for thought and Im sure you have many opinions on the subject. Rory is hosting the Irish Open at the K Club next week In between Sawgrass and Wentworth, The Irish Open is to be played out at the K Club. The County Kildare course is relatively young, yet has many historical images. Rory has invited 13-year-old Irish starlet, Tom McKibben to partner him in the pre-tournament pro-am. Rory says he is the future and I wish Tom well alongside his idol.Thats your next three weeks on Sky Sports golf, so enjoy it all from the USA, Ireland and England. You will notice I have given no tips. I keep getting invited to the turf accountants cocktail parties as my awful predictions make then fortunes.I hope you make good choices and, along with the rest of the team, we look forward to your company. In the meantime, keep bashing them down the middle. Also See: Strong finish lifts McIlroy TPC preview Wells Fargo: Day 4 highlights Golf live on Sky Sports 4 Air Max 90 Print Pas Cher . -- Playing time has been limited for Maxim Tissot this season, so the Montreal Impact defender made the most of his first scoring opportunity on Saturday. Air Max 90 Homme Soldes . "It doesnt get any better than that," Giambi said. "Im speechless." The Indians are roaring toward October. Giambi belted a two-run, pinch-hit homer with two outs in the ninth inning to give Cleveland a shocking 5-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night, keeping the Indians up with the lead pack in the AL wild-card race. . R.J. Umberger scored twice to lead the Blue Jackets to a franchise-record for consecutive wins with a 5-3 victory Tuesday night over the Los Angeles Kings. Air Max 90 Mesh Noir . The 19-year-old Olsen played 34 games with the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL this season. In that time, hes recorded 17 goals and 17 assists with 36 penalty minutes. Air Max 90 Off White 2018 . A forerunning sled crashed into the worker Thursday at the Sanki Sliding Center. The unidentified worker broke both legs and was airlifted to a nearby hospital. PHOENIX -- A pair of Dodgers rookies helped Los Angeles continue on its path toward the postseason Saturday night.Brock Stewart pitched five effective innings and got help from the bullpen, and Corey Seager set the club record for hits by rookie in a season as the NL West leaders beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-2.It starts with Brock. We let him know (Friday) he was going to start. For a young player to adjust and be ready to pitch in a major league ballgame and get guys out says a lot about him, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.The Dodgers ended the day with a five-game division lead over San Francisco, which lost to St. Louis.Joc Pederson hit a two-run homer, his seventh in 13 games against Arizona this season. He lined a 3-2 pitch from Shelby Miller (2-12) far over the pool in right field at Chase Field in a three-run fourth.Stewart (2-2) beat the Diamondbacks on Sept. 7 at Dodger Stadium for his first big league win. The 24-year-old earned another victory, giving up two runs and five hits while striking out six and walking one.Im very happy theyre giving me these opportunities, Stewart said. Im just happy I can help this team win. Thats what its all about at this level, getting wins. Im glad its been working out lately.Five Los Angeles relievers shut out the Diamondbacks on one hit over four innings. The five combined to strike out seven.Seager tripled and scored on Justin Turners sacrifice fly in the Dodgers first. He got the rookie hit record of 181 with a ninth-inning single, passing Steve Saxs 180 hits in 1982.Its very impressive, obviously with all the rookies of the year that weve had in the Dodger organization, Roberts said. No surprise. I think theres going to be Dodgers records I foresee from Corey.Jean Segura homered in the Arizona first to tie it. He has three leadoff homers in the past five games and 17 on the season.With two on and none out in the fourth, Diamondbacks catcher Welington Castillo retrieved a pitch that got away and tried to throw out Adrian Gonzalez at third, but the toss sailed into left field and let a run score.Pederson ffollowed with his 23rd home run of the season.ddddddddddddThe leadoff walk (to Gonzalez) was obviously a killer when Joc hit the homer, Miller said. Thought I made a good pitch on the home run, too, it was down and in. Right where I was trying to hit my spot and he just basically got a good swing on it. Tough outing.Chase Utley doubled twice for the Dodgers and Josh Reddick had three hits.Miller allowed four runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings and hasnt won in the majors since June 20.Castillo homered in the fourth. The Diamondbacks almost scored more, but another youngster, Dodgers left fielder Andrew Toles, threw out Yasmany Tomas at the plate.CATCHER CALLUPThe Diamondbacks brought up catcher Oscar Hernandez from Double-A Mobile before the game. He had gone home to Venezuela after his minor league season ended.TRAINERS ROOMDodgers: Closer Kenley Jansen was dealing with some inflammation in his right wrist, but still struck out three in the ninth for his 46th save. ... C Yasmani Grandal got the day off due to sore right elbow, which Roberts said has bothered him for some time. ... LHP Brett Anderson, who has been on the disabled list with a blister on his left index finger, is scheduled to be activated when the team returns to Los Angeles after this weekend.Diamondbacks: Pitcher Rubby De La Rosa might not be shut down from major league games for the rest of the season. Manager Chip Hale said De La Rosa needs to show good velocity in simulated games before he can return. ... OF A.J. Pollock, out with a groin injury for the past week, could return to action in the final week of the season when the team is in Washington. Arizonas last road series is Sept. 26-29 at the Nationals.UP NEXTDodgers: RHP Jose De Leon (2-0) is set for the third start of his major league career. He has 12 strikeouts and two walks in his first two starts.Diamondbacks: RHP Robbie Ray (8-13) faces the Dodgers Sunday. Hes 3-3 in seven career starts against LA. 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