The PGA TOUR’s flagship event, THE PLAYERS Championship has seen it all. The Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass tests every aspect of your game, and one of the toughest courses golfers will play all year.
Down through the years, the Stadium Course has produced some of the most memorable moments in the history of golf. With Greg Norman’s obliteration of the course in 1994, to Craig Perks’ three-hole stretch, the greatest in PLAYERS history, to claim the unlikeliest of victories in 2002, THE PLAYERS Championship has made some careers, but has also dashed the hopes of countless in the process.
Here, we look at some of the records that have been made at THE PLAYERS Championship, some memorable, others not so much.
Since its inception in 1974, just one player has managed to shoot a sub-30 9-hole score, that honor going to Martin Kaymer in 2014, shooting a 7-under 29 on the front nine in his first round on his way to claiming victory.
The lowest 18-hole score that has been set at TPC Sawgrass in PLAYERS Championship records is 63, belonging to Fred Couples (3rd round in 1992) and Greg Norman (1st round in 1994). What Australian Norman produced in winning the tournament in 1994 was nothing short of brilliant. Shooting the lowest number of bogeys for all four rounds (one), the lowest back-9 score (30), lowest 72-hole score, a 24-under par 264, all four of his rounds in the 60’s and becoming just the fourth wire-to-wire winner in the tournament’s history.
Though no player has had the misfortune of shooting above 90 at TPC Sawgrass, Bob Murphy, playing his final round at Sawgrass Country Club in the 1979 Tournament Players Championship, suffered the consequences of 45-mile per hour winds shot a 92.
In 2003, Michael Campbell felt the wrath of TPC Sawgrass by crawling to a 17-over par 89
(eight bogeys and five double bogeys) in his opening round. A birdie on 18 saved his blushes of breaking 90, however his misery would not end there. The New Zealander was disqualified from the tournament after incorrectly signing his scores on 5 and 7.
There has been a total of 31 hole-in-ones in the history of THE PLAYERS Championship, 27 of those coming at TPC Sawgrass. One of the world’s most famous holes, the Island Green on 17, loses approximately 100,000 balls a year to the drink. In 2016, Will Wilcox blew the roof off TPC Sawgrass with his hole-in-one on 17, the first since Miguel Angel Jimenez in 2002. Up until that point, since 1983, 14,543 shots had been taken on the short 17th hole, just seven of them yielding aces.
Bob Tway met the Island Green in all its might when taking 12 shots during his third round in 2005, a record for that hole.
No golfers have ever won THE PLAYERS Championship back-to-back, though six players have won it on more than one occasion, the record belonging to Jack Nicklaus with three victories (1974, 1976 and 1978).
Fred Funk became the oldest winner at 48 years and 9 months in 2005, a year after Australian Adam Scott became the youngest at 23 years and 8 months.
To date, Sam Snead remains the oldest players to start, at 69 years and 9 months, with Italian Matteo Manassero the youngest aged 18 years and just 20 days old. Jay Haas, whose son Bill finished fourth in 2015, holds the record for the most starts in the tournament at 29.
Witness the Magic in 2017!
The most anticipated tournament on the PGA TOUR for 2017, THE PLAYERS Championship is known for its prestige and strong field. Designed with the golf fan in mind, TPC Sawgrass is the first true “Stadium Course,” giving an enjoyable and accessible on-site fan experience.
By choosing THE PLAYERS Club, you’ll have access to the practice and tournament rounds of your choosing on individual days or for the full week. You’ll also be granted private access to the TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse, as well as private suites overlooking the 18th Green and signature 17th Tee!