14 Things You Didn't Know about THE PLAYERS® Championship

Posted by Carolynn Wilcox on Apr 7, 2016 11:23:30 AM

THE PLAYERS® Championship enjoys a rich, celebrated history – one that’s not as long as you might think.  Since its inception in 1974, it’s become so popular that it’s often referred to as golf’s unofficial “fifth major.”  It offers one of the most substantial purse of any golf tournament and takes place at TPC Sawgrass, which boasts one of the most challenging golf courses in the world.  Did you know that THE PLAYERS Championship is one of just a few PGA Tour events held at a course that’s open to the public?  Here are a few more facts you may not know about this prestigious tournament!

TPC Sawgrass

Fact #1

The 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass is one of the most iconic holes in professional golf, period.  It’s referred to as the “island green” because the hole lies on an island in a pond, save for the narrow grassy walkway that connects it to the surrounding solid ground (and technically makes it a peninsula).

Fact #2

Tom Kite has made the most cuts at THE PLAYERS – 23 in total.

Fact #3

Legend has it that more than 100,000 golf balls find the water at the 17th green every year.

Fact #4

In 2007, Ben Crane made the longest putt in the tournament’s history when he hit a 100-ft, 1-in putt on the 14th hole in the first round.

Fact #5

Jack Nicklaus was awarded $50,000 for his win in 1974.  In 2015, Rickie Fowler’s victory at THE PLAYERS earned him a tidy $1.8 million.

Fact #6

The famous 17th hole, also known as The Island Green, was thought up by Pete Dye’s wife, Alice.

17th Hole at TPC Sawgrass

Fact #7

TPC Sawgrass was designed as a stadium course by renowned golf course architect Pete Dye.  The course was built for the fans, with mounds and stands designed to give spectators the best view possible.

Fact #8

In 2016, Toby Keith will perform at the Military Appreciation concert to continue the PGA Tour tradition of honoring the brave men and women who have served their country.

Fact #9

This will be the 34th time that the tournament has been held at TPC Sawgrass.

Fact #10

2016’s Military Appreciation concert won’t be held on the clubhouse lawn again – it’ll take place on the island green.

Fact #11

The property that TPC Sawgrass was built on used to be a swamp (it is Florida, after all).  A canal was formed to drain the swamp into the Intercoastal Waterway.

Fact #12

In 1982, Sam Snead became the oldest golfer to start in THE PLAYERS Championship at 69 years, 9 months, and 21 days old.

Fact #13

THE PLAYERS Championship offers complimentary admission to active military duty, reserve, retirees, and their dependents.

Fact #14

A good handful of golfers have won THE PLAYERS Championship multiple times, a list that includes the likes of Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods, but the tournament has never seen a back-to-back champion

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