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The Players Championship 2019: Course and form stats for the 'Fifth Major'

Webb Simpson - TPC Sawgrass
Webb Simpson: The 2018 champion was inside the top five for Greens in Regulation, Driving Accuracy and Putting (GiR).

TPC Sawgrass has been home to the Players Championship since 1982. Andy Swales provides course and current form stats for the 'fifth major', which starts on Thursday....

"The 39-year-old Sergio Garcia has a strong Sawgrass record, with his 2008 victory one of four podium finishes at the course."

Following a major revamp of the schedule, the Players Championship is once again being staged in March, forming part of the Tour's Florida Swing.

For the past 12 years, 'The Fifth Major' was held during the middle of May but this slot has now been taken by the PGA Championship, which has moved from its traditional August date.

Sawgrass Struggler

The world's top 50 are all teeing-up in Ponte Vedra, where current No 1 Dustin Johnson will be looking to improve on his mediocre form at TPC Sawgrass.

In 10 previous starts in the tournament, DJ has never posted a top-10.

However, his last two visits did yield finishes of tied-17th and tied-12th, and this will be the first time in more than a decade the tournament is being played in March, so changes in weather conditions may alter the nature of the course slightly.

Quality Field

With so many in-form players taking part, it can sometimes be difficult to see the wood for the trees.

Currently ranked No 26 in the world, Sergio Garcia has been in reasonable form of late, despite his mental blip in Saudi Arabia where the Spaniard experienced an embarrassing disqualification.

However, there have been eight top 10s from his most recent 10 outings around the globe, including the WGC Mexico Championship and Honda Classic. The 39-year-old has a strong Sawgrass record, with his 2008 victory one of four podium finishes at the course.

Rickie Fowler has finished first and second here, along with a collection of MCs, while Xander Schauffele was an impressive joint runner-up on his debut 12 months ago.

Rory McIlroy, who will probably feel disappointed at his low-key final round performance at Bay Hill on Sunday, has opened the calendar year with five successive top-six finishes. His best at Sawgrass is tied-sixth and there will be plenty of money waged on the 29-year-old this week.

Defending Champion

Last year's winner, Webb Simpson, claimed this prestigious title with a solid all-round display.

The 33-year-old from North Carolina led the stats in Driving Accuracy, while also being ranked top five for both Greens in Regulation and Putting Average (GiR).

In 2017, of those who completed 72 holes, nine of the top 15 finishers were among the top 15 in GiR.

Accuracy The Key

Opened in 1980, the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass has putting surfaces that are smaller than the Tour average, along with narrower than normal fairways.

Water and sand are a constant threat on a course that demands pinpoint accuracy from first tee to 18th green.

Laid out among the Florida swamps, the course underwent a revamp in 2016 with the intended purpose of increasing the number of occasions water came into play during a round.

According to the PGA Tour: "Short grass was added around some greens, to promote creativity, while several greens were expanded to add new hole locations."

Changes For 2019

To accommodate the new date, and resulting change in weather conditions, organisers have had to over-seed greens, tees, fairways and rough with rye grass.

Jeff Plotts, director of golf course operations at TPC Sawgrass, said: "Our Bermuda grass base will not be fully grown by the time of the tournament, so over-seeding the golf course gives us the best advantage to have actively growing turf to help produce the best playing surfaces possible.

"Divots and ball marks will recover quicker, and the rye grass will handle foot traffic better than Bermuda grass on its own."

Prize money has been increased by 13% for the 46th running of this event, and 38th to be staged over the Stadium Course.

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Note: List contains leading reserves

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W10 W9 W8 W7 W6 W5 W4 W3 W2 W1
Dustin Johnson 1 9 45 1 16 4
Justin Rose 63 MC 1 34
Brooks Koepka MC 2 27 57 9 24
Justin Thomas 30 9 2 3 16 3
Bryson DeChambeau 46 56 15 6 1 10 7
Rory McIlroy 6 2 4 5 4
Rickie Fowler 40 2 36 1 66
Xander Schauffele 14 15 10 25 1
Jon Rahm 45 9 10 5 6 8
Francesco Molinari 1 17 27
Jason Day Wd 4 5 13
Tiger Woods 10 15 20
Tony Finau 25 15 38 MC 13
Tommy Fleetwood 3 19 28 45 16 42
Paul Casey 3 25 2 2 MC 16
Patrick Reed 50 14 22 56 13 13 25
Bubba Watson 17 27 15 4 MC 31
Marc Leishman 23 62 4 43 3 4
Patrick Cantlay 6 15 MC 9
Phil Mickelson MC 39 37 1 MC 2
Webb Simpson 36 39 20 8
Matt Kuchar 50 28 22 4 1 19
Gary Woodland 36 17 7 9 MC* 2
Jordan Spieth 54 51 45 35 MC
Louis Oosthuizen MC 25 MC 4
Sergio Garcia 9 6 37 Dq 3 7
Hideki Matsuyama 33 19 9 15 3 51
Cameron Smith MC 6 49 15 9 22
Alexander Noren MC 62 44 MC
Ian Poulter 23 3 6 3 6 33 18
Adam Scott MC 7 MC 2 MC
Keegan Bradley 46 10 51 67 35 29 27
Tyrrell Hatton 29 19 MC 15 38 MC
Rafa Cabrera-Bello 3 19 25 22 MC 11
Hao Tong Li MC 19 2 12 MC
Henrik Stenson 17 54 MC MC MC
Matt Wallace 6 20 33 MC 2 16
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 23 MC 3 MC 33 MC MC 14
Billy Horschel 50 16 45 39 8 25
Kyle Stanley MC MC 58 MC MC MC 22
Branden Grace 33 MC 28 2 MC 27
Eddie Pepperell 57 67 MC 38 49
JB Holmes MC 1 MC 26 MC
Matthew Fitzpatrick 2 27 MC 16 4
Shane Lowry MC 62 MC 12 1
Thorbjorn Olesen MC 45 MC 7 MC
Charles Howell 15 14 6 20 34 8 14
Kevin Kisner 23 27 28 26 57 69
Andrew Putnam MC 38 MC 34 2 14
Lucas Bjerregaard 12 69 29 49
Chez Reavie 65 MC 38 4 28 3
Si Woo Kim MC 3 4 MC 29 40 MC
Emiliano Grillo MC 58 33 52 22
Byeong Hun An 10 36 45 20 12 MC
Brandt Snedeker 50 MC 55 62 16 22
Kevin Na MC 36 33 60
Aaron Wise 40 19 MC MC MC 27
Satoshi Kodaira MC 51 MC 72 MC MC 32
Abraham Ancer MC 39 44 MC MC 18 29
Russell Knox 51 39 14 10 43 18 43
Ryan Palmer 4 MC 60 13 MC
Adam Hadwin 33 75 18 44 2 57
Keith Mitchell 6 1 MC MC 73 MC 16
Daniel Berger MC 36 2 MC MC 12
Luke List 10 MC 15 MC 40 MC
Danny Willett MC 27 33 25 MC
Chesson Hadley 17 20 MC 20 MC MC
Brian Harman MC MC 51 39 MC MC MC
Zach Johnson 40 59 39 28 MC
Charley Hoffman MC MC MC 20 MC MC
Cameron Champ MC MC 28 67 MC MC* 11
Pat Perez 50 56 MC MC Wd MC
Sung Jae Im 3 51 MC MC 7 52 12 16
Stewart Cink MC MC* 50 MC 20
Ryan Moore 33 28 MC MC
Patton Kizzire MC 27 MC MC 13 8
Lucas Glover 10 4 7 MC 12
Beau Hossler 58 15 MC 39 57 MC
Kevin Tway MC MC MC 43 MC 11
Charl Schwartzel 16 6 Wd MC MC MC
Jimmy Walker 58 MC 74 MC 44 MC 51
Peter Uihlein Wd 66 60 Wd MC MC
Jason Kokrak 10 9 37 20 20 18
Danny Lee MC 36 MC 44 MC 71
CT Pan MC MC 44 60 66 51
Ryan Armour MC 12 MC MC MC MC 22
Russell Henley 20 44 MC 15 MC 66
Scott Piercy 54 MC 10 20 57 33 19
Ted Potter MC 64 MC MC 13 27
Andrew Landry MC MC MC 60 28 MC 22
Michael Thompson MC 16 7 10 13 9 69
Jhonattan Vegas 23 16 MC 10 MC 69
Brian Gay MC 20 60 7 55 MC 22
JJ Spaun 63 MC MC 50 MC 51
Martin Trainer 66 MC 1 28 MC MC*
Brice Garnett MC MC MC MC MC 33 19
Bronson Burgoon MC 59 MC MC MC MC
Adam Long 10 MC MC MC MC MC 1 MC
Austin Cook MC MC* MC MC
Patrick Rodgers 46 30 15 MC MC MC MC
Brendan Steele 17 MC MC MC MC 57
Talor Gooch 20 MC MC 3 4 MC
Harold Varner MC 51 MC 10 MC 18
Sam Ryder 33 56 60 43 40 MC
Scott Stallings 40 MC 3 MC 43 MC
Nick Watney 51 MC 39 72 51
Jim Furyk 9 37 14
Jason Dufner MC MC* MC MC MC*
Whee Kim MC 71 Wd MC MC MC MC MC
Joel Dahmen MC MC MC MC 9 22
Bud Cauley MC 12 MC 26 13 MC
Kevin Streelman 58 MC* MC 7 50 MC 34
Anirban Lahiri 69 59 MC MC 43
Richy Werenski MC MC* MC 60 MC MC
Chris Kirk 15 MC MC 50 MC MC MC
Martin Kaymer 33 67 60 MC 24 22
Denny McCarthy MC MC 33 MC MC
Troy Merritt MC 16
Kelly Kraft MC 9 MC MC MC MC
Sung Kang 6 51 64 14 MC 20 10
Corey Conners MC MC MC MC 3
Trey Mullinax 51 22 15 25 34 57
Scott Langley MC MC 37 6 MC 12 43
Aaron Baddeley 17 2 49 MC MC 18
JT Poston 66 36 28 26 40 7 20
Rory Sabbatini 36 MC MC 70 57 33
Robert Streb MC MC 59 MC MC 29 40 MC
Vaughn Taylor MC 59 9 MC MC 7 MC
Ollie Schniederjans MC MC 49 MC 33 MC 72 MC
Martin Laird MC MC MC 26 43 MC
Wyndham Clark 7 10 MC 35 18 MC
Brian Stuard 20 60 45 55 40 8
Scott Brown MC 20 10 37 MC 9 MC 33
Hudson Swafford 29 MC* MC MC 65 3
Sam Saunders 63 36 MC 38 MC MC 33
Brandon Harkins MC MC 28 26 MC MC 51
Kyoung-Hoon Lee 7 35 25 MC MC MC MC
Roger Sloan 23 30 2 MC MC 12 33
Chase Wright 51 MC MC MC MC MC 57
Nick Taylor 30 33 28 MC 43 40 MC
Carlos Ortiz 29 MC 9 60 MC 65 29
Harris English 68 12 MC MC MC 51 22
Tom Hoge MC 55 MC MC 44 MC MC MC
Ryan Blaum 17 MC* 55 MC MC 70 73 64
Dominic Bozzelli MC 25 MC MC 5 33
Michael Kim MC MC MC MC MC MC 32
Adam Schenk 29 30 16 MC 45 55 57 67 MC
Grayson Murray 68 MC MC 59 62 MC
John Huh 59 MC MC 70 25 70 MC
Nate Lashley MC 8 MC 45 12
Alex Cejka Dq 51 MC MC MC 40
Tyler Duncan MC* 62 MC 22 MC MC 51 57
Seamus Power MC 64 MC MC MC MC
Vijay Singh MC 6 MC MC
Player 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
Dustin Johnson 17 12 28 69 59 Wd 57 34 MC*
Justin Rose 23 65 19 MC 4 MC 51 45 MC 22
Brooks Koepka 11 16 35 MC
Justin Thomas 11 MC* 3 24
Bryson DeChambeau 37
Rory McIlroy MC 35 12 8 6 8 MC MC MC
Rickie Fowler MC 60 MC 1 MC* MC 2 MC MC
Xander Schauffele 2
Jon Rahm 63 MC*
Francesco Molinari MC 6 7 6 MC MC MC 9
Jason Day 5 60 1 MC 19 MC 6 MC
Tiger Woods 11 69 1 40 Wd Wd 8
Tony Finau 57 MC MC
Tommy Fleetwood 7 41
Paul Casey 22 23 Wd Wd MC MC 14
Patrick Reed 41 22 MC 24 MC
Bubba Watson 57 MC 43 42 48 37 45 MC 37
Marc Leishman 63 MC 64 24 23 8 45 MC MC
Patrick Cantlay 23 22
Phil Mickelson MC 41 MC MC MC MC 25 33 17 55
Webb Simpson 1 16 66 MC 15 MC 69 MC MC
Matt Kuchar 17 MC* 3 MC 17 48 1 54 13 14
Gary Woodland MC MC* 28 MC 11 MC MC
Jordan Spieth 41 MC MC MC 4
Louis Oosthuizen MC 2 28 69 MC 19 MC MC
Sergio Garcia 70 30 54 2 3 8 56 12 47 22
Hideki Matsuyama MC 22 7 17 23
Cameron Smith MC MC
Alexander Noren 17 10
Ian Poulter 11 2 57 30 65 MC 25 57 MC 2
Adam Scott 11 6 12 38 38 19 15 MC 26 MC
Keegan Bradley 7 60 35 MC MC MC 35 72
Tyrrell Hatton MC 41
Rafa Cabrera-Bello 17 4 MC
Hao Tong Li MC
Henrik Stenson 23 16 MC 17 34 5 15 MC MC 1
Matt Wallace
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 30 MC
Billy Horschel 37 MC 28 13 26 MC
Kyle Stanley MC 4 71 33 MC
Branden Grace 46 48 57 42 48
Eddie Pepperell
JB Holmes MC 41 MC 51 MC MC 6 13 MC
Matthew Fitzpatrick 46 MC MC
Shane Lowry 46 MC 16 MC
Thorbjorn Olesen MC
Charles Howell 17 MC 56 MC 66 MC MC MC MC
Kevin Kisner MC 56 MC 2
Andrew Putnam
Lucas Bjerregaard
Chez Reavie 30 56 MC MC 60
Si Woo Kim 63 1 23
Emiliano Grillo 37 11 MC
Byeong Hun An 30 MC
Brandt Snedeker MC MC MC 48 8 MC MC MC
Kevin Na 46 Wd MC 6 38 7 MC MC 3
Aaron Wise
Satoshi Kodaira MC
Abraham Ancer
Russell Knox MC MC 19 17 34
Ryan Palmer 23 MC 23 MC 59 5 MC MC MC MC
Adam Hadwin 57 30 39 MC
Keith Mitchell MC*
Daniel Berger 57 65 9 MC
Luke List MC MC
Danny Willett MC Wd MC MC
Chesson Hadley 11 MC 24 MC
Brian Harman MC 53 54 8 MC MC 51
Zach Johnson MC* 48 54 13 26 19 2 12 22 32
Charley Hoffman MC 30 MC 30 38 37 MC 26 22 37
Cameron Champ
Pat Perez MC 22 17 48 MC 25 MC MC 68
Sung Jae Im
Stewart Cink MC MC 38 MC 64 19 MC MC*
Ryan Moore 30 53 MC MC 26 MC 46 33 47 70
Patton Kizzire MC MC 76
Lucas Glover MC* 6 MC MC MC 50 3 MC
Beau Hossler 46
Kevin Tway 46
Charl Schwartzel 2 MC 51 48 55 26 MC
Jimmy Walker 2 56 MC MC 6 15 35 MC 26
Peter Uihlein
Jason Kokrak 46 MC Wd MC MC MC
Danny Lee 7 MC 35 MC
CT Pan 46
Ryan Armour MC
Russell Henley MC 35 MC 24 17 MC
Scott Piercy MC MC 23 MC MC MC MC 22
Ted Potter 41 MC MC
Andrew Landry 67
Michael Thompson MC MC MC 55 51
Jhonattan Vegas 41 MC 57 42 7 MC
Brian Gay MC* MC MC MC 46 12 MC Wd
JJ Spaun MC
Martin Trainer
Brice Garnett 41 MC
Bronson Burgoon
Adam Long
Austin Cook 46
Patrick Rodgers MC MC MC
Brendan Steele MC* 6 57 MC 26 MC MC MC
Talor Gooch
Harold Varner 7 35 57
Sam Ryder
Scott Stallings MC 75 65 MC MC
Nick Watney 37 MC MC MC 56 4 17 MC
Jim Furyk MC 35 56 2 MC 25 MC 47 5
Jason Dufner 5 60 49 MC 48 62 68 6 MC 32
Whee Kim MC
Joel Dahmen
Bud Cauley MC MC MC
Kevin Streelman MC MC* 74 MC MC 2 51 19 MC MC
Anirban Lahiri MC MC MC
Richy Werenski 23
Chris Kirk 46 12 Wd 13 13 55 51 MC
Martin Kaymer MC 69 39 56 1 43 15 19 34 55
Denny McCarthy
Troy Merritt MC MC 72 61 68
Kelly Kraft MC
Sung Kang MC 30 61
Corey Conners
Trey Mullinax MC
Scott Langley 66 34 MC
Aaron Baddeley 41 MC MC MC MC MC 6 MC 9
JT Poston
Rory Sabbatini 30 6 38 71 MC 26 39 MC
Robert Streb MC MC MC 30
Vaughn Taylor MC MC MC MC MC MC
Ollie Schniederjans MC*
Martin Laird 57 MC MC MC 5 2 69 MC MC*
Wyndham Clark
Brian Stuard MC* MC MC 17 MC
Scott Brown 23 MC MC 30 62 MC
Hudson Swafford MC MC 57
Sam Saunders
Brandon Harkins 67
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
Roger Sloan
Chase Wright
Nick Taylor MC* MC 73
Carlos Ortiz MC
Harris English MC MC MC MC MC 33 64
Tom Hoge MC*
Ryan Blaum MC*
Dominic Bozzelli MC
Michael Kim MC 60
Adam Schenk
Grayson Murray 30 MC*
John Huh MC MC MC MC MC* 68 23
Nate Lashley
Alex Cejka MC* 9 74 MC 58 9
Tyler Duncan
Seamus Power
Vijay Singh 16 28 63 MC MC MC MC 9

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