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Players Championship best moments from each event on 50th anniversary

Players Championship best moments from each event on 50th anniversary


“Be the right club today. YES!” Hal Sutton’s famous line and shot that led to him holding off Tiger Woods for his second Players victory 17 years after his first is an all-time Players highlight. He joined Elkington, Couples and Nicklaus as multi-time winners. The winner’s share eclipsed seven figures for the first time with $1,080,000.


Better than most! Woods won his first Players Championship by one shot over Vijay Singh and became the only player to win the Players and Masters in the same calendar year and third Players champion to win a major in the same calendar year, joining Jack Nicklaus (1978) and Hal Sutton (1983). Martin Kaymer joined the list in 2014.


Craig Perks earned his only win at the PGA Tour’s flagship event by two shots and he did so in dramatic fashion. Perks chipped in for eagle on No. 16, made a 25-footer for birdie on the island green at No. 17 and chipped in again for par at No. 18. Over his last 14 holes he made just two pars.


Davis Love III joined Sutton, Elkington, Couples and Niclaus with his second Players win thanks to a stunning Sunday 64 to flirt with the record winning margin. He came up just short with a six-shot victory over Jay Haas and Padraig Harrington.


A 23-year-old Adam Scott became the youngest-ever Players winner with his one-shot win as Harrington finished runner-up for the second consecutive year. Showing his age, Scott nearly blew a two-shot lead on the final hole after he rinsed his approach shot in the water. He got up and down for bogey to hang on for his second Tour win.


A year after Scott became the youngest winner, Fred Funk became the oldest at 48 years old with his slim one-shot victory over Luke Donald, Tom Lehman and Scott Verplank. Rain ravaged the tournament schedule and forced a Monday finish in tough conditions. How bad was it? The second round was finished on Sunday!


Similar to Love in 2003, Stephen Ames got close to the winning margin record with a six-shot drubbing of the field with a Sunday 67 after he entered the final round with just a one-shot lead. The 2006 event was the last Players held in March (until it was moved again in 2019).


The first Players in May saw Phil Mickelson claim his first Players win in near wire-to-wire fashion as he led for the first 36 holes but was a shot back entering the final round. A record 50 balls found the water in the first round thanks to…


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