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PLAYERS NOTEBOOK

Rory McIlroy eager to reverse Players past

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Never one to shy away from a tough question, Rory McIlroy must have known his abysmal record in the Players Championship — three trips, zero under-par rounds, three missed cuts — was going to be brought up.

He faced it head-on Wednesday on the eve of his fourth Players, ready with an excuse — well, at least for two of his visits.

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