THE PLAYERS Championship is most known for its signature 17th Island Green hole, so much so that people often underestimate the rest of the course. Memorable moments have happened on the other holes, however the 17th hole seems to bring out the best in the world’s best golfers. Each May this par-72 course, sitting on 7,215 yards of land, poses as one of the most challenging courses for golfers all over the world. However, some players pull through with the shot of a lifetime.
Take a look at the best shots in PLAYERS Championship history:
During the 1999 PLAYERS Championship, Fred Couples shot his famous hole-in-three play on the 17th Island Green hole. Couples first shot from the tee went straight into the water and rather than taking his next shot from the drop zone he opted to re-tee instead. This time around he hit the ball directly into the hole, with the technical term making this a hole-in-three shot.
Also known as the “golf club whisperer”, during THE PLAYERS Championship in 2000, Hal Sutton yelled, “Be the right club, be the right club today!” as he took his second shot on the 18th green during the final round of the tournament. Turns out, it was the right club and with a birdie to win, Sutton went on to be named the champion of THE PLAYERS Championship, surpassing Tiger Woods.
Dubbed as one of the best shots in the history of the tournament, Tiger Woods won the 2013 PLAYERS Championship by just two strokes, with a long-distance final putt. The significance of this win was not the shot itself but that he was now one of six golfers to win the tournament more than once. Commentators during the tournament referred to him as, “better than most” and very few people would argue that.
During the 2008 PLAYERS Championship, Sergio Garcia found himself in a playoff with Paul Goydos. With his ball teaming up with the wind, Garcia’s tee-shot on the 17th hole proved to be a victorious one, beginning at the top of the green and rolling down inches away from the hole. Garcia went on to win THE PLAYERS Championship and solidified his place in the world of golf.
Last but definitely not the least memorable, was the last shot of the tournament on the 18th green during the inaugural tournament in 1982. Itching with excitement over winning at -8, Pate threw the commissioner, Deane Beman and course architect Pete Dye into the body of water next to the 18th green. He, himself, then jumped in along with them!
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