The Players Championship Winners and History

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The PGA Tour would very much like for The Players Championship to be considered a “fifth Major,” and in many respects it is, boasting perhaps the strongest field in golf.

The inaugural rounds were played at the Atlanta Country Club in 1974. The tournament was played at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth in 1975, and at the Inverrary Country Club in Ft. Lauderdale in 1976.

In 1977, The Players Championship moved to Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. From 1977 to 1981, it was played at the Sawgrass Country Club. In 1982, it was moved to the Stadium Course, commonly referred to as the TPC at Sawgrass (The Tournament Players Club at Sawgrass).

The TPC at Sawgrass is perhaps most famous for its island green on the par 3 17th hole.

The 17th at TPC Sawgrass. Photo by Craig ONeal [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)]

Below, you’ll find a list of Players Championship winners, their winning scores, and the margin of victory. Read a more complete history of the Players Championship at this link.

YearPlayerScoreTo parMargin
The Players Championship
2019Rory McIlroy272-161 stroke
2018Webb Simpson270−184 strokes
2017Kim Si-woo278−103 strokes
2016Jason Day273−154 strokes
2015Rickie Fowler276−12Playoff
2014Martin Kaymer275−131 stroke
2013Tiger Woods (2)275−132 strokes
2012Matt Kuchar275−132 strokes
2011K. J. Choi275−13Playoff
2010Tim Clark272−161 stroke
2009Henrik Stenson276−124 strokes
2008Sergio García283−5Playoff
2007Phil Mickelson277−112 strokes
2006Stephen Ames274−146 strokes
2005Fred Funk279−91 stroke
2004Adam Scott276−121 stroke
2003Davis Love III (2)271−176 strokes
2002Craig Perks280−82 strokes
2001Tiger Woods274−141 stroke
2000Hal Sutton (2)278−101 stroke
1999David Duval285−32 strokes
1998Justin Leonard278−102 strokes
1997Steve Elkington (2)272−167 strokes
1996Fred Couples (2)270−184 strokes
1995Lee Janzen283−51 stroke
1994Greg Norman264−244 strokes
1993Nick Price270−185 strokes
1992Davis Love III273−154 strokes
1991Steve Elkington276−121 stroke
1990Jodie Mudd278−101 stroke
1989Tom Kite279−91 stroke
1988Mark McCumber273−154 strokes
Tournament Players Championship
1987Sandy Lyle274−14Playoff
1986John Mahaffey275−131 stroke
1985Calvin Peete274−143 strokes
1984Fred Couples277−111 stroke
1983Hal Sutton283−51 stroke
1982Jerry Pate280−82 strokes
1981Raymond Floyd285−3Playoff
1980Lee Trevino278−101 stroke
1979Lanny Wadkins283−55 strokes
1978Jack Nicklaus (3)28911 stroke
1977Mark Hayes28912 strokes
1976Jack Nicklaus (2)269−193 strokes
1975Al Geiberger270−103 strokes
1974Jack Nicklaus272−162 strokes

8 thoughts on “The Players Championship Winners and History”

  1. I HAVE HEARD STORIES ABOUT TIGER WOODS CUSSING AND UTTERING PROFANITIES ON THE GOLF COURSE AND I WANT TO KNOW IF THEY ARE TRUE. TIGER HAS A BEAUTIFUL WIFE AND A DAUGHTER. WHY WOULD HE
    EVEN THINK OF UTTERING PROFANITIES ANYWHERE.
    WHAT IF HIS WIFE AND DAUGHTER HEARD THEM?

  2. Dear friends…I’m 71 years old fighting a bad “cancer”…I used to play Golf 4 times a week
    in Westchester County, NY…Retired…

    I cannot find an “easy way to find out a Table for EVERY Tournament showing the $ Winnings”…
    (as an example Stenson won $1.7M at the players…”

    Where/how do I find such a Table after each tournment?

    A frequent visitor to your WbSite. THANKS.

  3. reply to ned chiavari:

    Ned   i’m sorry I can’t answer the question you posted.  But I just wanted to wish the best of everything.  I think you’re very wise to keep yourself interested in the golf world and the statistics.  keep up your great attitude.

  4. While the talks of making The Players Championship the “fifth major” does appeal and has its perks, but I believe it should stand out on its own…Let’s make it the PGA’s the most prestigious event.

  5. Looking at those previous winners it’s a real who’s who of golf. So many previous major winners in that list.

    Looking forward to seeing how Adam Scott backs up after his Masters victory.

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