Players Championship Notes 2014

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Dates: May 6-11, 2014
Where: THE PLAYERS Stadium Course, TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Par/Yards: 72/7,215 yards
2013 champion: Tiger Woods
2013 Purse: $10 Million /$1.8 to the winner
FedExCup: 600 points to the winner
Format: 72-hole stroke play, Field: 144
Twitter: @THEPLAYERSChamp

A look back at THE PLAYERS 2013

  • 2013 final-round leaderboard
    • 1 Tiger Woods 67-67-71-70—275/-13
    • T2 Kevin Streelman 69-70-71-67—277/-11
    • T2 David Lingmerth 68-68-69-72—277/-11
    • T2 Jeff Maggert 70-71-66-70—277/-11
    • T5 Martin Laird 71-67-73-67—278/-10
    • T5 Ryan Palmer 67-69-70-72—278/-10
    • T5 Henrik Stenson 68-67-71-72—278/-10

     

  • Tiger Woods survived a double bogey on the back nine to win THE PLAYERS Championship for the second time.

  • Woods, shooting a 2-under 70, finished at 13-under-par 275 for the week, two strokes ahead of David Lingmerth, Jeff Maggert and Kevin Streelman.

  • Woods’ previous PLAYERS win came in 2001. Since then, he had posted just one top-10 finish in 10 starts at TPC Sawgrass until winning in 2013.

  • He became the fifth player to win twice at TPC Sawgrass, joining Steve Elkington, Hal Sutton, Fred Couples and Davis Love III. Love was the last player to achieve the feat, winning for the second time in 2003 (Jack Nicklaus is a three-time PLAYERS Champion before the event moved to TPC
    Sawgrass in 1982).

  • Woods will not be in the field at this year’s PLAYERS Championship due to a back injury. Woods becomes the third champion in tournament history unable to return due to injury, joining Jerry Pate (1983) and Steve Elkington (1998).

    A look at the field

  • 29 of the top 30 in the current FedExCup standings (Jason Day-injured). The biggest FedExCup points moves from the Wells Fargo Championship came from champion J.B. Holmes (No. 83 to No. 18) and runner-up Jim Furyk (No. 57 to No. 24).
  • 27 of the top 30 in the Official World Golf Ranking.
  • Multiple winners Jimmy Walker (3), Bubba Watson (2) and Patrick Reed (2). These three are Nos. 1, 2 and 4, respectively, in the FedExCup standings. Watson won his second Green Jacket in April at the first of the four major championships, the Masters Tournament.
  • A total of 20 of the 21 PGA TOUR winners in 2013-14, accounting for a total of 24 victories.
  • Ten of the 21 different winners have been under the age of 30: Webb Simpson/Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, Chris Kirk/The McGladrey Classic, Dustin Johnson/World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions, Harris English/ OHL Classic at Mayakoba, Patrick Reed/Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation, Scott Stallings/Farmers Insurance Open, Jason Day/World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship (not in THE PLAYERS field due to injury), Russell Henley/The Honda Classic, Chesson Hadley/Puerto Rico Open and Seung-yul Noh/Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
  • Eight former PLAYERS winners: Matt Kuchar (2012); K.J. Choi (2011); Tim Clark (2010); Henrik Stenson (2009); Sergio Garcia (2008); Phil Mickelson (2007); Adam Scott (2004); and Justin Leonard (1998).
  • Twenty-three major championship winners, accounting for 34 major championships, led by Phil
    Mickelson’s five.

  • A total of 15 first-time PLAYERS Championship participants will be participating.
  • The 144-player field includes players from a total of 20 countries
    • 93 USA
    • 10 AUSTRALIA
    • 6 SOUTH AFRICA
    • 5 SWEDEN, ENGLAND
    • 4 SOUTH KOREA
    • 3 SCOTLAND, NORTHERN IRELAND
    • 2 ARGENTINA, CANADA, SPAIN
    • 1 COLOMBIA, DENMARK, GERMANY, ITALY, JAPAN, NETHERLANDS, THAILAND, WALES,
      ZIMBABWE

    New faces at the top of the FedExCup standings

  • THE PLAYERS marks the 26th event of the PGA TOUR Season, with 15 tournaments remaining to qualify for the fourtournament FedExCup Playoffs, culminating at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola in late September.
  • THE PLAYERS marks the 26th event of the PGA TOUR Season, with 15 tournaments remaining to qualify for the four tournament FedExCup Playoffs, culminating at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola in late September.
  • Headlining the current top 30 is Jimmy Walker, a three-time winner in 2013-14 who has led the FedExCup standings for 22 of the first 23 weeks of the season.
  • Just six months ago, Walker began his eighth season on the PGA TOUR with no wins in
    187 attempts.

  • With three victories in his first eight starts of 2013-14 at the Frys.com Open, Sony Open in Hawaii and AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Walker became just the fourth different player in the last 20 years to win three times in his first eight starts, joining Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and David Duval.
  • Walker recently finished T8 in his Masters debut and holds a 206-point lead over Bubba Watson in the FedExCup standings through the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
  • A total of 20 players inside the top 30 through the Wells Fargo Championship did not play in last year’s TOUR Championship.
  • Among the group is Patrick Reed, who won the Humana Challenge and the World Golf
    Championships-Cadillac Championship earlier this year and is just one of just seven players under the age of 30 with at least three TOUR wins, along with Dustin Johnson (8), Rory McIlroy (6), Webb Simpson (4), Keegan Bradley (3), Anthony Kim (3) and Scott Stallings (3).

  • Headlining the current top 30 is Jimmy Walker, a three-time winner in 2013-14 who has led the FedExCup standings for 22 of the first 23 weeks of the season.
  • Just six months ago, Walker began his eighth season on the PGA TOUR with no wins in
    187 attempts. With three victories in his first eight starts of 2013-14 at the Frys.com Open, Sony Open in Hawaii and AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Walker became just the fourth different player in the last 20 years to win three times in his first eight starts, joining Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and David Duval.

  • Walker recently finished T8 in his Masters debut and holds a 206-point lead over Bubba Watson in the FedExCup standings through the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
  • A total of 20 players inside the top 30 through the Wells Fargo Championship did not play in last year’s TOUR Championship.
  • Among the group is Patrick Reed, who won the Humana Challenge and the World Golf
    Championships-Cadillac Championship earlier this year and is just one of just seven players under the age of 30 with at least three TOUR wins, along with Dustin Johnson (8), Rory McIlroy (6), Webb Simpson (4), Keegan Bradley (3), Anthony Kim (3) and Scott Stallings (3).

    Established stars looking to jump-start seasons at THE PLAYERS

  • Since the inception of the FedExCup in 2007, Phil Mickelson, Hunter Mahan and Steve Stricker have finished inside the top 30 in the final FedExCup standings all seven seasons.
  • Through 25 events in 2013-14, Mahan (55), Mickelson (83) and Stricker (166) are outside the top 30 in the FedExCup standings and in need of strong performances over the second half of the season to continue their TOUR Championship streaks.
  • Other players looking to jump-start their seasons and move into the top 30 include Luke Donald (37), Rory McIlroy (38), Rickie Fowler (42), Graeme McDowell (43), Sergio Garcia (44), Justin Rose (50), Adam Scott (57), Jason Dufner (77), Ernie Els (91), Lee Westwood (95), Brandt Snedeker (105) and Nick Watney (128).

    First-time participants at THE PLAYERS

  • Headlined by 2013 PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year Jordan Spieth, the list of 15 first-time participants at THE PLAYERS this year includes a mix of young PGA TOUR winners, international players and rookies who have played well enough to qualify for the deepest field in golf.
    • Other than Jack Nicklaus, who won THE PLAYERS in its inaugural year in 1974,
      only Hal Sutton (1983) and Craig Perks (2002) have won the event in their first appearance.

    • Spieth nearly became the youngest winner in the history of the Masters, finishing second to Bubba Watson last month. In addition to his runner-up at Augusta, his sophomore season on the PGA TOUR has included three other top five finishes, including a runner-up to Zach Johnson at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
    • Spieth has experience at TPC Sawgrass, having finished second the Junior PLAYERS Championship in 2010.
    • Spieth, 20, who started the 2013 PGA TOUR Season with no PGA TOUR status after turning professional last fall, made history at the John Deere Classic when he became the youngest player (19 years, 11 months and 18 days) to win on the PGA TOUR since Ralph Guldahl (19 years, 8 months, 3 days) at the 1931 Santa Monica Open.
    • In 23 starts, Spieth is tied Brandt Snedeker and Bill Haas for most top-10 finishes on TOUR with nine, including runner-up finishes at the Puerto Rico Open by seepuertorico.com, Wyndham Championship and the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.
    • He finished seventh in the FedExCup and became the youngest player in TOUR Championship history at 20 years, 1 month and 26 days.
  • Other first-time participants include the aforementioned Patrick Reed, Chesson Hadley, Justin Hicks, Morgan Hoffman, D.H. Lee (Korea), Steven Bowditch (Australia), Hideki Matsuyama (Japan), Shawn Stefani, Jamie Donaldson (Wales), Stephen Gallacher (Scotland), Joost Luiten (Netherlands), John Peterson, Michael Putnam and Russell Knox (Scotland).

    • Hadley won the 2013 Web.Com Tour Championship held at Dye’s Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass last fall and earned his way into THE PLAYERS with his maiden PGA TOUR title at the Puerto Rico Open presented by seepuertorico.com in March. He is the lone rookie to win on TOUR in 2013-14 through the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and the lone rookie in THE PLAYERS field.
    • Bowditch, who has publicly spoken about his battle with depression, won the Valero Texas Open in March.
    • Peterson, a former NCAA champion at LSU, captured the Web.com Tour Finals money title in 2013 to earn his card.
    • Putnam, in the midst of his third stint on the PGA TOUR, captured the 2013 Web.com Tour Regular Season money title thanks to two victories.
    • Donaldson joined the TOUR earlier this year as a Special Temporary Member after a tie for second at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship.
    • Knox lives in Jacksonville and played collegiately at Jacksonville University.
    • Former Oklahoma State All-America Hoffman won the first-ever Junior PLAYERS Championship in 2007, one of the premier events on the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) schedule.

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