#THEPLAYERSFBF - 1981, Raymond Floyd

Posted by Darragh Farrelly on Sep 16, 2016 8:00:00 AM

The distinct challenges that THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass presents for THE PLAYERS Championship are all-conquering; every error seems to be punished tenfold. Since its inception in 1974, THE PLAYERS Championship has been the flagship tournament on the PGA Tour’s calendar. The perks; 600 FedExCup points, equal to the four major championships, a similar amount of Official World Golf Ranking points to the majors and a five-year exemption on the PGA TOUR. A prize fund of $10.5 million for 2016 - the highest prize fund of any tournament in golf - was further endorsed by the sheer level of competition in the field. To categorize such a prize, the $1.89 million winner’s fund usurps that of Arnold Palmer’s entire career earnings.

Players_Championship_1-3.jpgFor PGA TOUR players, this is an event that is ear-marked from the beginning of the season. Over the last twenty years or so, the event has grown both in stature and as a spectator experience. THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass tests every aspect of a players’ game. The hole, often referred to as the “Island Green” is the course’s signature hole, and one of the most iconic and recognizable holes in the world.

The “Fifth Major” as it is so often referred to, is the PGA TOUR’s major. It brings the best of the best out, but also presents a course which can crucify you in a heartbeat (see; Bob Tway’s third round 12 on 17 in 2005). Patience really is a virtue here. 

 “It’s one of the toughest courses we play all year,” said 2015 champion Rickie Fowler. “Probably the toughest field that we play all year. So, I mean, whoever is winning is taking care of business, beating the best players at the time and conquering one of the toughest courses that we play.”

From its inauguration in 1974, THE PLAYERS has seen it all. From Greg Norman’s wizardry in 1994, where he shot a course record 264, to Steve Lowery finding dry land on 17th in 1998, only for a seagull to take it upon himself to dunk it into the lake, the history of this prestigious event is illustrious.

#THEPLAYERSFBF

Each Friday for the next 42 weeks, QuintEvents, in association with THE PLAYERS, will recount the story of each of the previous 42 winners. Beginning with Jack Nicklaus’ maiden victory at the Atlanta Country Club right up to Jason Day's triumph in 2016, we'll tell their tales of success leading us all the way up to 2017’s event! 

Raymond Floyd, 1981  

Raymond_Floyd_1981_Players.jpgA farewell to Sawgrass before a move to its current home at TPC Sawgrass, the 1981 Championship saw the first ever sudden death playoff in THE PLAYERS history. It wouldn’t be a fond farewell from Sawgrass if the weather didn’t once again show its true colors, and lone behold, it duly obliged. Coming off the back of a victory in the Doral-Eclipse the previous week, Raymond Floyd, who had been solid yet unspectacular in the opening three rounds, fired a four-under-par 68 to force a three-way tie at -3. Still three shots back at the turn, birdies on 11, 12 and a birdie 2 on 15 put him in a tie for the lead, and made him start to believe. Like all three playoff contenders, Floyd put a birdie attempt on 18 wide right which would have won him the tournament there and then.

Barry Jaeckel, who had led by three shots before the beginning of play on Sunday, was left to rue missed opportunities – a birdie attempt on 18 going awry which would have won him the tournament. Curtis Strange, consistent all week, parred the last to force the three-way playoff on the 175-yard 15th. With all three missing the green, Floyd played a perfect chip shot within a foot for an easy par and claim a check for $72,000.

The 2017 PLAYERS® Championship

Players_Championship_2-4.jpgBeginning May 9, 2017, THE PLAYERS Championship is the PGA TOUR’s most anticipated tournament and coveted title. Held at TPC Sawgrass, the “Stadium Course” gives fans and unprecedented experience with on-site access you simply will not get anywhere else.

Watch the world’s best players battle it out at the purest test in golf. 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!

 

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