2022 Players Championship Preview

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2022 PLAYERS Championship Preview

  • March 7-13
  • Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
  • TPC Sawgrass (THE PLAYERS Stadium)
    • Par 72
    • 7,256 yards
  • Purse $20 million
    • Winner $3.6 million + 600 FedExCup pts.
  • 144 players
  • 72-hole stroke-play
  • Defending champion Justin Thomas

TV Times For The 2022 Players Championship

  • Round 1: 2/24
    • ESPN+ 6:45 am – 6 pm ET
    • Golf Noon – 6 pm ET
  • Round 2: 2/18
    • ESPN+ 6:45 am – 6 pm ET
    • Golf Noon – 6 pm ET
  • Round 3: 2/29
    • ESPN+ 7:45 am – 6 pm ET
    • CBS 1 pm – 6 pm ET
  • Round 4: 2/20
    • ESPN+ 7:45 am – 6 pm ET
    • CBS 1 pm – 6 pm ET

Latest Odds To Win The Players Championship 2022

PlayerOdds
John Rahm12/1
Collin Morikawa16/1
Justin Thomas16/1
Patrick Cantlay20/1
Rory McIlroy22/1
Viktor Hovland22/1
Brooks Koepka25/1
Hideki Matsuyama28/1
Scottie Scheffler28/1

Championship Season Begins

  • THE PLAYERS Championship is the first of five tournaments on the PGA TOUR schedule offering 600 FedExCup points to the winner, along with the four major championships.
  • The field includes 47 of the top 50 players in the Official World Golf Ranking and 109 PGA TOUR winners combining for 418 titles.

Thomas Looks To Repeat

  • Justin Thomas is looking to become the first player to successfully defend a title at THE PLAYERS Championship.
  • The best result by a defending champion of THE PLAYERS is T5 (Jack Nicklaus/1977, Tom Kite/1990, Hal Sutton/2001).
  • In the last six attempts, only one defending champion has finished in the top 50 (Webb Simpson, 2019).
  • Thomas, a 14-time TOUR winner (most recent came at THE PLAYERS in 2021), has successfully defended a title once on the PGA TOUR (2016 CIMB Classic) and has earned multiple titles at three different PGA TOUR events.
TournamentFirst WinSecond Win
WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational20182020
Sentry Tournament of Champions20172020
THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES20172019
IMB Classic20152016

Scheffler Rising

  • A win at last week’s Arnold Palmer moved Scottie Scheffler moved to No. 1 in the FedExCup standings for the first time in his career.
  • Three players have won the week before THE PLAYERS and then won THE PLAYERS: Raymond Floyd (1981), Tom Kite (1989) and Tiger Woods (2001).

Notable Players In The Field

John Rahm

  • OWGR: 1
  • FedExCup: 15
StartsWinsTop 10s
The Players401
PGA TOUR Season703
PGA TOUR Career119658
  • No. 1 in Official World Golf Ranking for 34th consecutive week
  • Last World No. 1 to win THE PLAYERS: Jason Day, 2016
  • Last World No. 1 to win on TOUR: Dustin Johnson, 2020 Masters
  • Leads the PGA TOUR in SG: Off the Tee, SG: Tee-to-Green and GIR%
  • Most recent TOUR win: 2021 U.S. Open (6 total)

Scottie Scheffler

  • OWGR: 5
  • FedExCup: 1
StartsWinsTop 10s
The Players100
PGA TOUR Season1025
PGA TOUR Career73220
  • Two wins in last three starts (WM Phoenix Open, Arnold Palmer Inv.)
  • Holds the No. 1 position in the FedExCup standings for the first time
  • Only FedExCup leader to win THE PLAYERS: Tiger Woods, 2013
  • Missed the cut in PLAYERS debut in 2021 (74-71)
  • No. 4 on TOUR this season in SG: Total and No. 5 in Scoring Average

Viktor Hovland

  • OWGR: 4
  • FedExCup: 6
StartsWinsTop 10s
The Players100
PGA TOUR Season713
PGA TOUR Career61314
  • Missed the cut in PLAYERS debut in 2021 (72-74)
  • Finished T2 at last week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational (held R2 lead)
  • Three top-fives in last five PGA TOUR starts
  • One win in each of the last three PGA TOUR seasons

Patrick Cantlay

  • OWGR: 4
  • FedExCup: 14
StartsWinsTop 10s
The Players400
PGA TOUR Season504
PGA TOUR Career126636
  • Best result in four PLAYERS starts: T22/2017 (MC in 2019 and 2021)
  • Snapped a streak of six consecutive top-10s in most recent start (T33/The Genesis Invitational)
  • No reigning FedExCup Champion has won THE PLAYERS

Collin Morikawa

  • OWGR: 2
  • FedExCup: 12
StartsWinsTop 10s
The Players100
PGA TOUR Season404
PGA TOUR Career59522

Rory McIlroy

  • OWGR: 6
  • FedExCup: 20
StartsWinsTop 10s
The Players111 (2019)4
PGA TOUR Season312
PGA TOUR Career2072097

Young Players At Top of World Golf Rankings

Youth movement: For the first time, all of the top five in the Official World Golf Ranking (est. 1986) are younger than 30.

RankPlayerAge
1John Rahm27
2Colin Morikawa25
3Viktor Hovland24
4Patrick Cantlay29
5Scottie Scheffler25

Multiple First-time Winners In 2021-2022 Season

  • Seven players have earned their first PGA TOUR victory this season, including five in the last six weeks.
  • Most recently, Ryan Brehm won the Puerto Rico Open in his last start on his Minor Medical Extension, retaining PGA TOUR status and securing it through the 2023-24 season.
  • Two players have won their first PGA TOUR title at THE PLAYERS: Craig Perks (2002) and Tim Clark (2010). 34 players in the field this week have not won on the PGA TOUR.

Top 25 Players Continue To Win

  • With his win at last week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard, Scottie Scheffler became the highest-ranked player in the Official World Golf Ranking to win on the PGA TOUR this season, entering the week at No. 6.
  • In all, eight of the 19 PGA TOUR events this season have been won by players who began the tournament in the top 25 of the World Ranking.
  • 23 of the top 25 players in the OWGR are competing this week at THE PLAYERS (all but No. 12 Bryson DeChambeau and No. 19 Harris English, who are both injured).

Strength of Field Stats At 2022 THE PLAYERS

CategoryNumberTop Ranked/
Most Recent
Top 30 FedEx Cup30Scottie Scheffler (1)
Top 125 FedEx Cup102
Top 100 OWGR78
Top 50 OWGR46John Rahm (1)
PGA TOUR Winners109Dustin Johnson (24)
Past Champions9Justin Thomas, defending
FedExCup Champions9Patrick Cantlay (2021) most recent
3Rickie Fowler (2015)
Major winners24Brooks Koepka (4), Rory McIlroy (4)

THE PLAYERS RECORDS

CategoryValuePlayerYear
Low 18 Hole Score638 playersmost recent Brooks Koepka, 2018, R4
Low 36-hole score1292 playersmost recent: Webb Simpson, 2018
Low 54-hole score1972 playersmost recent: Webb Simpson, 2018
Low 72-hole score264Greg Norman1994
Holes-in-one (1983-present)3332 playersmost recent: Brendon Todd, Denny McCarthy (2021)
Largest 18-hole lead32 playersmost recent: Roberto Castro, 2013
Largest 36-hole lead5Webb Simpson2018
Largest 54-hole lead7Webb Simpson2018
Largest margin of victory7Steve Elkington1997
Best come from behind win6Raymond Floyd1981
Playoffs5Most recent: Rickie Fowler def. Sergio Garcia, Kevin Kisner2015
Wire-to-wire winners5Most recent: Jason Day2016

2021 Results At THE PLAYERS

POSPLAYERTO PARR1R2R3R4TOT
1Justin Thomas-1471716468274
2Lee Westwood-1369666872275
T3Brian Harman-1267716969276
T3Bryson DeChambeau-1269696771276
T5Talor Gooch-1171687167277
T5Paul Casey-1173676770277
7Corey Conners-1068727266278
8Shane Lowry-968746968279
T9Charles Howell III-873707166280
T9Daniel Berger-874687167280
T9Jason Kokrak-870727167280
T9Victor Perez-873716967280
T9Si Woo Kim-872706771280
T9Sergio Garcia-865727172280
T9Matthew Fitzpatrick-868687272280
T9Jon Rahm-872686773280

The Players Championship Preview is via PGA TOUR

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