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How Big Is the Players Championship?

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For the first time in years, the question isn't whether the tournament deserves a spot in the same class as the game's four Grand Slam events, but whether other events have dislodged it as the fifth-best event on the totem pole.

Last week, world No. 4 Lee Westwood, who has played primarily on the European Tour in his career, said that in his mind, the TPC Sawgrass event has been supplanted by the trio of official World Golf Championships events: limited-field, elite tournaments that feature players from various tours around the globe.

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