With The Masters in the rearview mirror and a memorable week in the books, the next big event on the PGA Tour schedule is The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.
The course is best known for its island green at the 17th hole, but the finishing stretch as a group sets up a lot of drama as the players have to contend with a lot of water on key shots at the end of their rounds.
That can set up some Sunday drama. If you’d prefer a more leisurely experience, you may want to check out the course for a practice round on Monday May 6, Tuesday May 7 or Wednesday May 8. Then the championship starts and runs from Thursday May 9 through Sunday May 12.
There will be tons of storylines, as Tiger Woods looks to continue his resurgence. While The Players Championship will not give him the opportunity to end his major drought, it is sometimes considered the fifth biggest event of the year behind the four majors. Tiger Woods has one it only once, in 2001.
Last year’s winner, Matt Kuchar, will be looking to defend his title and has been playing well this season. He is usually a consistent performer on tour, while K.J. Choi, who won in 2011, has been improving his play of late.
While it is not a major, The Players Championship is the richest event in golf with a prize fund of nearly $10 million. That draws a field that puts it nearly on par with the major events. With that much money on the line and such a dramatic run of finishing holes on 16, 17 and 18, it is easy to see why The Players Championship is such a test of nerves.
There’s nothing quite like watching the best golfers in the world deal with the immense pressure they face on Sundays in big tournaments. You have the opportunity to do that in the beginning of May in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. Don’t miss out, get your tickets right away.