The Players Championship is a golf tournament on the PGA Tour that has been around for over 40 years.
It was originally called The Tournament Players Championship, more commonly known simply as The Players, and which was first played in 1974 and was won by Jack Nicklaus.
The Players Championship currently offers the highest prize fund of any tournament in golf ($15 million in 2020), by comparison the U.S. Open offers a $12.5 million purse.
The field usually includes the top 50 players in the world rankings, but unlike the major championships and World Golf Championships events, it is owned by the PGA Tour and not an official event on other tours.
It’s often referred to as the fifth Major and since 1982 has been played at the TPC at Sawgrass which is home of the iconic par-3 no 17 Island Green
As of 2020, the Winner receives $2.7 million, the winner’s share (18%) of the largest purse in golf ($15 million), and receives 80 points towards his world ranking, the largest share aside from the majors, for which winners earn 100 points.
For comparison, the winners of the four individual World Golf Championships generally receive between 70 and 78 points.
The winner also receives a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour (formerly ten years), a three-year invitation to the Masters Tournament, three-year exemptions for the U.S. Open and The Open Championship, and an exemption to the next three PGA Championship tournaments starting in 2018.
The winner earns 600 FedEx Cup points, if a PGA Tour member.
The Players Championship Winners List
|Year||The Players Champion||Score|
|2020||Cancelled After Round 1 (Covid)|
|2017||Si Woo Kim||278|
|2003||Davis Love III||271|
|1992||Davis Love III||273|