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Westwood made it clear last year that he doesn’t rate The Players Championship among his top five, instead putting the World Golf Championships behind the majors.

Then again, he’s not a PGA Tour member.

And he’s not alone.

Martin Kaymer of Germany, who is No. 2 in the world and not a PGA Tour member, will be at The Players Championship next week. He referred to it as one of the majors “because of the world ranking points.”

But asked if he would rather win The Players or a World Golf Championship, he got even more specific.

“The World Golf Championships, and preferably the one at Firestone because it’s a fantastic golf course and a beautiful place,” Kaymer said. “It’s a small field of great players, and you can call yourself a world champion.”

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FOOTBALL TIME: Back on the PGA Tour for the first time since the Masters, Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia and Martin Kaymer played as if they were home in Europe when they arrived for the Wells Fargo Championship.

They were invited to take part in a soccer game against a local club in Charlotte. They were joined by Mick Doran, the caddie for Camilo Villegas, and Stuart Cage, one of McIlroy’s managers.

About all that is known is the final score. The Charlotte team won 7-4. Details after that get a little fuzzy.

Kaymer said he scored the first goal for the European side and tried to inspire the team. That brought laughter from McIlroy, who said the German didn’t even show up until after halftime.

“It was good, good fun,” McIlroy said. “I think four or five players turned up, a few caddies. Played a local team from here who were a lot better than us. It was 4-1 at halftime. We got it back to 4-all halfway through the second half, and then they turned it on at the end and beat us. Luckily, no injury, so we’re ready to go for this week.”

Doran put it all into perspective.

“They were a good team, passing it beautifully, and we were just sort of chasing after the ball,” he said. “I think they let us score a few goals after the half just to make a game of it.”

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