With a win, Garcia would join Tiger Woods (2001) as the only player to win the Masters and the Players Championship in the same year.
The Canadian rookie shook his head and laughed.
William McGirt and Mackenzie Hughes are joint-leaders after the opening round.
"You know the answer", he said with a smile.
Adam Scott believes his past-champion swagger will be an ace up his sleeve during the final round of the Players Championship in Florida.
"It was gusting quite a bit so it was hard to pick the clubs but I managed to play very nicely, hit a lot of fairways, hit a lot of greens for the conditions and made some really good putts".
At least he had company.
Johnson's frustrations were best summed up with his bogey on the first hole after a near-perfect wedge hit the pin, rolled down the slope and off the front of the green. He starts the final day in a tie for seventh at 5-under 211, four shots out of the lead.
In fact, after his tee shot made a splash Willett moved to the "drop zone" and proceeded to put his third shot also in the water.
Through it all, Hughes was rock solid. 11 and 16 that set up eagle putts of 55 and 10 feet. To go sideways, with fairways that fast, meant risking the ball going into the water.
The Stadium Course underwent some renovations this year.
McIlroy could now be forced to withdraw from the BMW PGA Championship which takes place in a fortnight's time and has a prize fund of £5.4million as the first event of the European Tour's Rolex Series.
Garcia began the day nine shots off the pace, and he made it an even 10 after bogeying the first hole.
Teeing off from the back nine, Day was bogey-free with three birdies but the Australia star faltered late. It wasn't just any hole-in-one either. In 11 starts this season, his best finish is a tie for 11th at the RBC Heritage.
After playing just 13 tournaments previous year due to a foot injury, Poulter had 10 events this season to earn 218 FedEx Cup points or United States dollars 347,634 (£269,755) to remain fully exempt.
Fowler managed to see the big picture. He said that on the new 12th hole, he is going to hit something close to a 4-iron and then a sand iron.
Garcia's round was different.
Stanley got his mistakes out of the way quickly with three bogeys on his opening four holes, kept a clean card the rest of the way and finished with a tough par save from the bunker behind the 18th green for a hard-fought 72. "I think I wasn't quite in the tournament because of everything that's been going on after the Masters win and media and people congratulating you left, right and center".
"I felt like I was a little bit up in the clouds, and when I woke up, I was four over after six". Three bogeys and two birdies landed him a 1-under 71. I don't really need to see anyone else to tell me, I've had it many times before.
Both players birdied the hole on short putts and made safe pars at No. 18 to finish at 9-under-par 207.
McIlroy said he does not expect to miss much time.
"But swinging it like I'm swinging it, that's when it kind of fires the back up".