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The 2022 seasons first major (warm-up) is next up on the Florida swing and held at TPC Sawgrass, home of the infamous #17 island green.  Having opened in 1980, it's a relative newbie amongst the list of tour stops. JT returns to defend his title and, in his own words, try and repeat "probably the best round of my life".  His final round last year was indeed amazing and I dare say one that will be a challenge to repeat. This years purse more than beat inflation and jumps from $15M to $20M.  I see that Bryson will still be out on the DL and Rickie will also not be in the field - first time since 2009. The field is stacked with top shelf players and this should be a great contest.

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THE PLAYERS Championship

Doesn't look that intimidating to me... you?

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From this side of the green... no.  

Seems like the Rickie got a raw deal with The Players only having a 5-year exemption when the majors have a 10-year exemption.  Yeah, he hasn't earned a spot, but still...

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Can't wait, my third favorite tournament of the entire year. There are at least a dozen players who have the tools to win, but you never know who will peak this Thur-Sun and who won't.

Current highly ranked players who have not won there: Rahm, Morikawa, Cantlay, Hovland, Scheffler, DJ, Schauffele, C Smith, Matsuyama, Oosthuizen, Speith, Horschel, Koepka, Berger

Top players who have won: McIlroy, Thomas

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53 minutes ago, Kenny B said:

From this side of the green... no.  

Seems like the Rickie got a raw deal with The Players only having a 5-year exemption when the majors have a 10-year exemption.  Yeah, he hasn't earned a spot, but still...

Agree.  As the unofficial/official owner of #17, not seeing him in the mix just seems wrong.

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Almost forgot about a secondary contest for total number of water balls at #17.  I'll wait to see what the weather conditions look like on Wednesday before making my guess. Your entry must be posted in the thread by midnight Wednesday. Mystery gift to the winner (if in the lower 48).  Good luck! 🙂

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2 hours ago, fixyurdivot said:

Almost forgot about a secondary contest for total number of water balls at #17.  I'll wait to see what the weather conditions look like on Wednesday before making my guess. Your entry must be posted in the thread by midnight Wednesday. Mystery gift to the winner (if in the lower 48).  Good luck! 🙂

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I love the Players Championship. It signals the start of golf season for me. It is a major in every aspect.

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I’ll go with 46 balls in the water.  

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72 balls in the water on #17

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Balls in the water on #17? 66.... 

I love The Players. Pete Dye, Toughest field in golf, tons of variability, winners are always complete players and in solid form. 

I do not like the "5th Major" status. Yes, it's certainly the 5th most exciting PGA tournament but there can be only one "Major" played on the same course every season....  

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Could be almost any number…

 

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Could be almost any number…

 

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Yes, it could and you could be this years winner.  I wonder what was going on in round 1, 2007? 😱

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7 hours ago, fixyurdivot said:

Yes, it could and you could be this years winner.  I wonder what was going on in round 1, 2007? 😱

Based on the weather forecast, it should be an above average year for balls in the water, Saturday especially.

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1 hour ago, Middler said:

Based on the weather forecast, it should be an above average year for balls in the water, Saturday especially.

I would think there would be less balls in the water because the green will be softer. There are a lot of balls that hit the green, after it gets baked in the sun & wind, that roll off into the water. Ask me how I know?😧

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I would think there would be less balls in the water because the green will be softer. There are a lot of balls that hit the green, after it gets baked in the sun & wind, that roll off into the water. Ask me how I know?😧

That happened a lot last year when they let the green dry out at the end of the week. Made for a boring final round as no one challenged that front right Sunday pin location and just aimed for the middle. I'm guessing that wind will cause issues Saturday but the other days you're spot on and they should have an easier green to hit. Pin location can play a part too, too risky and they will all hit to the middle and take a 40' putt. I still think it will be slightly over what looks like an average in the 50s... Fun to wait and see!

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There are definitely some years in the table with "interesting" numbers.  Like 2005 where, simply based on a full vs. cut field, the numbers are reversed.

A few other little known TPC Sawgrass factoids;

  • The PGA Tour paid $1 for the 415 acre wooded wetlands site 
  • The #17 island green (not originally planned) was a by-product of extra digging for valuable sand
  • Palmer & Nicklaus missed the cut at this sites inaugural event (Jack won the first PC title in 1974)
  • Approximately 120,000 balls are retrieved annually from the pond at #17 

Who's played this course?  Please tell us about your experience.

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Always a fun event. There is always the 5th major talk and the tour really really really wants it to be a major. I think the players should just be the players. It does just fine standing on its own. 

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I like Keith Mitchell this week…Hopefully he doesn’t dunk any in the pond on 17.

As for the guess?  Put me down for 43 please.

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5 hours ago, fixyurdivot said:

There are definitely some years in the table with "interesting" numbers.  Like 2005 where, simply based on a full vs. cut field, the numbers are reversed.

A few other little known TPC Sawgrass factoids;

  • The PGA Tour paid $1 for the 415 acre wooded wetlands site 
  • The #17 island green (not originally planned) was a by-product of extra digging for valuable sand
  • Palmer & Nicklaus missed the cut at this sites inaugural event (Jack won the first PC title in 1974)
  • Approximately 120,000 balls are retrieved annually from the pond at #17 

Who's played this course?  Please tell us about your experience.

I played it a few years ago. It is a great strategic course and very fair if you play from the right tees. Lots of long bunkers off the fairways so it can be penal in that regard, but lots of room to play safe. Interesting but not crazy greens.

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