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First in line: Langley waits for Players spot to open

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – It’s a measure of a person’s character that he can be celebrated even in someone else’s defeat.

For example, Scott Langley had plenty of reasons to be gutted by Derek Ernst’s victory on Sunday at the Wells Fargo Championship. At the top of that list was the fact that Ernst’s breakthrough likely bounced Langley out of the field for this week’s Players Championship.

“I was bummed he knocked me out, but he’s such a great guy. It was really cool watching him,” said Langley, who dropped from 142nd to 147th in FedEx Cup points this week.

The good news for Langley is he is the first alternate this week and still has a decent chance to participate in his first Players.

“I’m preparing like I’m going to play this week. I don’t know if I will, but it is the only way to do it,” said Langley, who tied for third in his first start as a Tour member in Hawaii.

Among the players Langley should keep an eye on this week are Dustin Johnson, who withdrew from last week’s Wells Fargo Championship with an ailing right wrist, and Davis Love III, who is making his first start since having neck surgery in February.