Everything You Need to Know About The Players Championship
With The Masters officially behind us, we can safely say that the heart of the PGA Tour season is in full swing. In what is essentially the biggest tournament that comes between the Masters and June’s U.S. Open, the 45th Players Championship will offer up a $10.5 million purse, attracting the world’s best golfers. Let’s take a look at everything you need to know before the tournament begins.
Where and When is The Players Championship
At TPC Sawgrass, located in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, a field of 144 golfers will tee off from Thursday, May 10 through Sunday, May 13. Specifically, the tournament will be held on Sawgrass’ par-72 Stadium Course.
With a field of 144 golfers, expect to see some of the world’s best. You’ll see winners of PGA Tour events since last year’s Players which includes Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, and Phil Mickelson. All major champions from the last five years are given a spot in the field so expect to see 2018 Masters champion Patrick Reed in the mix. Tiger Woods should also be in the field thanks to his Players Championship win from 2013.
On the international front, you should see Rory McIlory, Danny Willet, Hideki Matsuyama, Henrik Stenson, and Sergio Garcia thanks to their PGA Tour wins as well as their finishes on last season’s FedEx Cup points list.
Also, let’s not forget about defending Players champion Si Woo Kim, who dazzled the field in last year’s tournament, finishing 10-under and taking home nearly $1.9 million.
Players Championship Tickets
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Where to Watch the Players Championship
Rounds one and two (Thursday and Friday) will be shown on the Golf Channel. The broadcasts will run from 1 PM to 7 PM EST. Saturday and Sunday, the Players will be shown on NBC, with coverage from 2 PM to 7 PM EST.
What to Watch For
The Players Championship happens to be one of big PGA Tour events that has never had a back-to-back title winner. With some impressive play lately, including a T24 at the Masters and a 2nd place finish at the RBC Heritage, look for Si Woo Kim to have a go at Players history. The 39th-ranked golfer on the Tour should give a lot of the bigger names a run for their money next month.
Will Tiger Play?
After his disappointing Masters showing, Tiger stated that he would take a few weeks off, but committed to playing in the U.S. Open as well as the National at TPC Potomac. Both of those tournaments are in June, but Woods has yet to say if he’ll play in any tournament in May. Keep an eye out for more on that story. He’ll hopefully commit and add some extra excitement to the Players, especially considering he has an automatic spot in the field thanks to his 2013 victory.
Predicting the Winner
With such a deep field of the world’s best golfers, this may be one of the most difficult tournaments when it comes to predicting a winner. I mean, no one expected Si Woo Kim to win last year, but his play was extremely solid. This year though, the easy prediction is Justin Thomas, who just committed to the tournament and already has two wins and five top-10 finishes this season. He sits atop the FedEx Cup standings and should be in the running at the Players.
However, my pick for this year’s Players winner is 24-year-old Bryson DeChambeau. After a somewhat rocky start to the season, DeChambeau’s recent play has been superb. He had a 2nd-place finish at the Arnold Palmer, followed by a somewhat rough T38 at the Masters, but bounced right back with a T3 at the RBC Heritage, a tourney which included a career-best round of 64. The kid has looked strong in the past couple of months and that’s led him to cracking the top 50 of the world golf rankings for the first time in his career. Look for his name high up on the Players leaderboard next month.
Each year, the Players offers one of the deepest fields of any PGA Tour tournament and 2018’s event will be no different. For more golf news and event coverage, keep coming back to TBA and check out your SeatGeek app for all your ticketing needs.