Golf Form Guide

The Players Championship 2023: Course and current form stats

The 11th green at the immaculate TPC Sawgrass
The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass is often referred to as 'The Fifth Major'

The PGA Tour goes up a significant notch this week with The Players Championship taking place at TPC Sawgrass. Words and stats supplied by Andy Swales ...


It's celebration time this week for the PGA Tour which has reached a milestone with the 50th staging of their flagship event, The Players Championship.

However, the golfer who holds aloft the trophy on Sunday evening will only become the 49th winner of this prestigious event because the 2020 tournament was abandoned after just 18 holes - due to the Covid pandemic.

First staged in 1974, 'The Fifth Major' moved to its current, purpose-built home, eight years later and that's where the event has remained.

One unusual fact about this competition is that, as yet, no reigning champion has ever successfully defended their title.

The best finish by a defending champion is fifth, while the closest margin behind the winner is four shots.

There is no chance of last year's champion teeing-up on Thursday, because Australian Cameron Smith has since flown the PGA Tour nest to join the Saudi-backed LIV Tour, and is banned from competing at Sawgrass.

Course Characteristics

Laid out just one mile from the Atlantic Ocean, the Stadium Course is one of golf's most iconic venues.

When the former PGA Tour commissioner Deane Beman purchased the land on which the course is built, he instructed Pete Dye to design a layout that would not suit any one particular type of golfer.

Its putting surfaces are slightly smaller than the Tour average, along with narrower than normal fairways.

In 2016, the course underwent a revamp with the aim of increasing the number of times water came into play during a round.

This figure currently sits at 16 out of 18 holes, although the water hazards on the Stadium Course vary in size considerably.

Yet a bigger change was made in 2019, when the tournament switched dates for a second time.

Between 1982 and 2006, the championship was contested during March, before moving to May for 12 straight years.

But another re-vamp of the Tour calendar four years ago meant the tournament reverted, once again, to March - and one week earlier than before.

To accommodate this new date, and take into account changing weather conditions, organisers decided to overseed greens, tees, fairways and rough.

Switching back to March meant conditions favoured the bigger hitters, and Rory McIlroy truly obliged.

Suddenly there was less run on the fairways, and the ball didn't travel as far through the colder air. However, on the plus side, the softer putting surfaces became much more receptive to approach shots.

Many fairways subtly change direction - and some more than once - which means accuracy from tee-to-green remains paramount.

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Stroke Averages


Lowest 15 At TPC Sawgrass (2016-22)
Average .... (Rounds)
70.43: Justin Thomas (23)
70.50: Corey Conners (12)
70.50: Jason Day (22)
70.59: Adam Scott (22)
70.61: Tommy Fleetwood (18)
70.63: Webb Simpson (16)
70.75: Keegan Bradley (24)
70.80: Joel Dahmen (10)
70.90: Si Woo Kim (21)
71.00: Hideki Matsuyama (16)
71.13: Tom Hoge (15)
71.15: Shane Lowry (20)
71.22: Ryan Moore (18)
71.22: Justin Rose (18)
71.25: Alexander Noren (16)
Min. No. of Rounds = 10
Only those entered this week are included in table

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Four To Watch


Keegan Bradley: Maybe not the first name you'd think of as a potential Sawgrass champion but, at No 20, holds his highest World Ranking position in almost nine years. Last October, he won his first PGA Tour title in over four years and he arrives at Sawgrass on the back of a top-10 finish at Bay Hill. Tied-fifth in the Players Championship 12 months' ago and an each-way finish is certainly on the cards this week.

Jason Day: Similar to Bradley, is another former major winner who is heading in the right direction up the World Ranking. Started the year at No 112, and is currently 43 thanks to four straight top-10s, including Bay Hill on Sunday. He's a former Sawgrass champion.

Matthew Fitzpatrick: The world No 12 finished five strokes off the pace at last week's Arnold Palmer Invitational. Has a best Sawgrass finish of tied-ninth two years ago.

Scottie Scheffler: Has pocketed 100 World Ranking points this year, while only Jon Rahm and Max Homa have scooped up more. A winner in Scottsdale last month, he tops the Greens in Regulation standings on this season's PGA Tour.

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MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Note: List Contains Leading Reserves

Note: Players Championship not completed in 2020 due to Covid pandemic.

Last Nine Weeks / TPC Sawgrass (2012-22)

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W9 W8 W7 W6 W5 W4 W3 W2 W1
Jon Rahm 39 1 3 7 1 1
Scottie Scheffler 4 12 1 11 7
Rory McIlroy 2 29 32 1
Patrick Cantlay 4 3 MC 26 16
Xander Schauffele 39 33 10 13 3 Wd
Will Zalatoris 53 4 MC 36 11
Max Homa 14 2 39 1 3
Justin Thomas 21 20 4 25 25
Collin Morikawa MC 6 MC 3 2
Viktor Hovland 10 20 42 13 18
Tony Finau 24 20 14 9 16 7
Matt Fitzpatrick 14 MC 29 MC 7
Sam Burns MC MC 6 11 32
Joo Hyung Kim 34 45 50 6 MC 5
Cameron Young 10 20 64 2 26 13
Jordan Spieth 4 MC 6 63 MC 13
Sung Jae Im 21 42 56 6 4 18 MC 13
Kurt Kitayama 1 MC 23 29 MC 73
Shane Lowry 67 5 14 MC MC 28
Billy Horschel MC 42 MC 32 MC 30
Keegan Bradley 10 MC 20 2 MC 34
Hideki Matsuyama MC MC 29 9 48 21
Brian Harman MC MC 42 MC 32 16
Tommy Fleetwood 61 20 MC 59 38
Tyrrell Hatton 4 40 6 38 7
Seamus Power 72 14 20 15 20 25
Sepp Straka MC 5 45 MC MC 21
Tom Hoge MC 14 MC 48 32 41 3
Sahith Theegala 14 6 39 4 54 33
Chris Kirk 39 1 MC 3 3
Ryan Fox 14 17 11 20 65
Russell Henley 53 MC MC 32 30
Adam Scott 31 65 21 29
Justin Rose MC MC 1 18 26
Alexander Noren 61 MC MC 5
Harris English 2 MC 12 MC MC MC 73
Kyoung-Hoon Lee 53 MC 42 MC 28 7
Corey Conners 21 61 50 12 18
Aaron Wise MC 29 MC MC 18
Si Woo Kim 39 MC 23 25 22 1
Kevin Kisner MC MC MC 34
Keith Mitchell 24 5 42 4 22 MC
Jason Day 10 9 5 7 18
Min Woo Lee MC 26 13 2
Lucas Herbert MC 58 50 3 3
JT Poston 63 MC MC 6 21 21
Mackenzie Hughes 61 50 MC MC 21
Taylor Montgomery 39 MC MC 31 5 12
Scott Stallings MC MC 23 15 MC 25
Adam Svensson 24 49 9 MC MC 41 37
Davis Riley 8 29 MC MC MC 65
Denny McCarthy MC 14 MC 4 50 32
Davis Thompson 53 MC MC 69 2 54
Adam Hadwin MC 66 10 44 18
Matt Kuchar MC 8 32 MC 7
Maverick McNealy Wd Wd 31 7
Andrew Putnam 34 MC MC MC 36 4
JJ Spaun MC 33 MC MC 12 5
Rickie Fowler 31 20 10 11 54
Nick Taylor MC 33 2 20 MC 7
Christiaan Bezuidenhout MC 42 58 MC 11 MC
Trey Mullinax 8 62 61 Wd 31 28
Thomas Detry 24 Wd 33 37 37 26
Brendon Todd 39 MC MC 2 MC 21
Joel Dahmen MC MC 50 41
Gary Woodland MC 9 42 62 MC
Luke List MC 29 MC 25 MC 11
Cameron Davis MC MC MC MC MC 32
Ben Griffin 14 21 MC 31 32 12
Danny Willett 34 29 18 41 MC
Emiliano Grillo 39 67 MC 44 MC MC
Alex Smalley MC MC 65 37 22 MC
Hayden Buckley MC MC MC 29 MC 2
Justin Suh 24 5 40 Wd 20 54 41
Taylor Moore 39 MC 14 15 11 MC
Matthew NeSmith 39 MC MC 55 MC MC
Taylor Pendrith MC 42 57 7 60 MC
Brandon Wu 14 MC 50 2 MC MC
Troy Merritt MC MC MC MC MC 65
Wyndham Clark 34 33 10 37 50
Robby Shelton 39 21 20 67 6 MC
Francesco Molinari 14 MC MC MC 5
Lucas Glover MC MC 39 MC MC MC
Aaron Rai 53 MC 29 42 52 MC 61
Will Gordon 70 42 Wd MC MC 28
Beau Hossler MC MC 14 11 MC 50
Seong Hyeon Kim 39 63 33 41 20 MC 12
Jhonattan Vegas 21 56 23 25 MC
Chez Reavie MC MC MC MC 41 35
Patrick Rodgers MC MC 14 MC MC
Adam Schenk 31 42 50 23 37 20 MC 67
Stephan Jaeger 14 40 MC 53 36 28
Lee Hodges MC 14 18 MC MC MC
Callum Tarren MC MC MC MC 65 25 MC
Kevin Streelman MC 50 MC 63 60 MC
Sam Ryder MC 20 20 4 MC MC
Dylan Frittelli 29 MC 14 Wd 37 MC
Mark Hubbard 42 MC MC 20 MC MC
David Lipsky 65 62 MC MC MC 4
Garrick Higgo MC 29 MC 20 53 11
Tyson Alexander MC 78 48 MC MC 32
Webb Simpson 24 74 57 MC MC
Eric Cole MC 2 15 MC 36 61
Stewart Cink MC MC 65 41 21
Joseph Bramlett MC 55 7 13 54 54
Nick Hardy MC MC MC 41 44 41
Byeong Hun An Wd 21 37 62 41 12
David Lingmerth 70 10 58 MC MC MC
Lanto Griffin Wd 58 37 66
Russell Knox MC MC MC 41 54 67
Ryan Palmer 53 MC 42 MC 62 32
Matt Wallace 29 MC MC 16 20
Martin Laird 39 MC MC MC 62
Justin Lower MC MC 50 MC MC 41
Greyson Sigg 61 MC MC 57 55 MC 48
Peter Malnati MC MC 20 MC 4 20 MC MC
Chad Ramey MC MC MC 70 54 38
Harry Hall 7 74 34 MC 41 28
Patton Kizzire MC MC MC MC 11 76
Tyler Duncan 3 33 MC MC 41 MC
Adam Long MC 50 42 48 73 MC 48
Scott Piercy 21 50 Wd MC 31 41 MC
Harry Higgs 7 MC 48 44 18 MC
Nate Lashley 3 20 61 Wd MC 7
Michael Thompson 45 MC 37 MC 32
Chesson Hadley 29 MC 23 MC MC MC
Ben Martin 5 13 MC MC 32
Kramer Hickok 14 29 MC MC MC
Erik Barnes MC 49 MC 13 MC MC
NicoEchavarria 1 MC MC MC MC 12
Kevin Tway 63 40 32 MC 18 54 54
Matthias Schwab 60 50 MC MC 26 MC
Doug Ghim 62 MC Wd MC MC
James Hahn MC 32 MC MC MC
Max McGreevy 33 MC MC MC MC MC MC
Harrison Endycott 26 MC MC 22 MC
Ryan Armour 61 63 58 MC 65 MC
Robert Streb MC MC MC MC MC MC
Ryan Moore MC MC 7 MC MC
Austin Smotherman MC MC MC MC 67
Andrew Novak 44 29 20 69 MC 12
Ryan Brehm MC 14 MC MC MC MC MC 41 35
Aaron Baddeley 34 MC 37 MC 50 7
Doc Redman MC MC MC 41 MC 32
Dylan Wu 48 10 29 MC 32 MC
Nick Watney 57 MC MC MC MC MC
Kelly Kraft 55 MC 63 MC MC 61
Erik van Rooyen 32 MC 50 MC 6
Cameron Percy MC 12 Wd MC
Marty Dou Ze Cheng MC MC MC 62 62 MC
Chris Stroud 15 MC MC
Michael Kim 5 MC 11 44 MC MC
Paul Haley 21 MC 58 62 69 MC
Henrik Norlander 15 MC MC MC
Jerry Kelly MC
Player `22 `21 `19 `18 `17 `16 `15 `14 `13 `12
Jon Rahm 55 9 12 63 MC*
Scottie Scheffler 55 MC
Rory McIlroy 33 MC 1 MC 35 12 8 6 8 MC
Patrick Cantlay MC MC MC 23 22
Xander Schauffele MC MC MC 2
Will Zalatoris 26 21
Max Homa 13 MC
Justin Thomas 33 1 35 11 MC* 3 24
Collin Morikawa MC 41
Viktor Hovland 9 MC
Tony Finau MC MC 22 57 MC MC
Matt Fitzpatrick MC 9 41 46 MC MC
Sam Burns 26 MC
Joo Hyung Kim
Cameron Young MC
Jordan Spieth MC 48 MC 41 MC MC MC 4
Sung Jae Im 55 17 MC
Kurt Kitayama
Shane Lowry 13 8 MC 46 MC 16 MC
Billy Horschel Wd 58 26 37 MC 28 13 26 MC
Keegan Bradley 5 29 16 7 60 35 MC MC MC 35
Hideki Matsuyama MC 8 MC 22 7 17 23
Brian Harman 63 3 8 MC 53 54 8 MC MC 51
Tommy Fleetwood 22 MC 5 7 41
Tyrrell Hatton 13 MC MC MC 41
Seamus Power 33 35
Sepp Straka 9 MC
Tom Hoge 33 22 30 MC*
Sahith Theegala MC
Chris Kirk MC 48 56 46 12 Wd 13 13 55 51
Ryan Fox
Russell Henley 13 MC MC MC 35 MC 24 17 MC
Adam Scott MC 48 12 11 6 12 38 38 19 15
Justin Rose MC 8 23 65 19 MC 4 MC 51
Alexander Noren 26 MC MC 17 10
Harris English MC MC MC MC MC MC 33 64
Kyoung-Hoon Lee 55 41
Corey Conners 26 7 41
Aaron Wise 50 65 MC
Si Woo Kim Wd 9 56 63 1 23
Kevin Kisner 4 MC 22 MC 56 MC 2
Keith Mitchell 13 MC 47 MC*
Jason Day MC 35 8 5 60 1 MC 19 MC
Min Woo Lee
Lucas Herbert 68
JT Poston MC 22 22
Mackenzie Hughes MC MC 57 16
Taylor Montgomery
Scott Stallings 42 MC MC MC 75 65 MC MC
Adam Svensson
Davis Riley
Denny McCarthy 60 55 41
Davis Thompson
Adam Hadwin 9 29 MC 57 30 39 MC
Matt Kuchar MC MC 26 17 MC* 3 MC 17 48 1
Maverick McNealy 46 MC
Andrew Putnam MC MC MC
JJ Spaun MC Wd MC
Rickie Fowler MC 47 MC 60 MC 1 MC* MC 2
Nick Taylor 48 16 MC* MC 73
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 41
Trey Mullinax MC MC
Thomas Detry
Brendon Todd MC 35 MC 51
Joel Dahmen 33 MC 12
Gary Woodland MC MC 30 MC MC* 28 MC 11 MC
Luke List Wd MC 56 MC MC
Cameron Davis MC MC
Ben Griffin
Danny Willett MC MC Wd MC MC
Emiliano Grillo MC MC 26 37 11 MC
Alex Smalley
Hayden Buckley 66
Justin Suh
Taylor Moore MC
Matthew NeSmith MC MC
Taylor Pendrith 13
Brandon Wu
Troy Merritt 46 MC MC MC MC 72
Wyndham Clark MC MC Dq
Robby Shelton MC
Francesco Molinari 42 MC 56 MC 6 7 6 MC MC
Lucas Glover MC 48 MC MC* 6 MC MC MC
Aaron Rai
Will Gordon
Beau Hossler MC MC MC 46
Seong Hyeon Kim
Jhonattan Vegas MC 61 3 41 MC 57 42 7
Chez Reavie MC MC MC 30 56 MC MC
Patrick Rodgers MC 65 MC* MC MC MC
Adam Schenk MC MC
Stephan Jaeger MC
Lee Hodges 70
Callum Tarren
Kevin Streelman 22 MC MC MC MC* 74 MC MC 2 51
Sam Ryder 60 MC MC
Dylan Frittelli 50 22
Mark Hubbard MC MC
David Lipsky
Garrick Higgo MC
Tyson Alexander
Webb Simpson MC MC 16 1 16 66 MC 15 MC
Eric Cole
Stewart Cink MC MC MC MC MC 38 MC 64
Joseph Bramlett MC
Nick Hardy
Byeong Hun An MC 26 30 MC
David Lingmerth MC MC* MC MC 2
Lanto Griffin MC 35
Russell Knox 6 67 35 MC MC 19 17 34
Ryan Palmer MC 17 MC 23 MC 23 MC 59 5 MC
Matt Wallace MC 30
Martin Laird MC 69 MC 57 MC MC MC 5 2
Justin Lower
Greyson Sigg
Peter Malnati 46 MC MC MC
Chad Ramey
Harry Hall
Patton Kizzire 22 35 MC* MC MC 76
Tyler Duncan MC MC*
Adam Long 46 22 MC*
Scott Piercy MC 69 56 MC MC 23 MC MC MC
Harry Higgs MC 29
Nate Lashley 71
Michael Thompson 60 48 70 MC MC MC 55 51
Chesson Hadley 63 MC 11 MC 24 MC
Ben Martin MC 30 MC 4
Kramer Hickok 42 58
Erik Barnes
NicoEchavarria
Kevin Tway MC MC 46
Matthias Schwab
Doug Ghim 6 29
James Hahn MC 41 MC MC 43 30 MC 62
Max McGreevy
Harrison Endycott
Ryan Armour 55 MC MC
Robert Streb MC MC MC MC MC 30
Ryan Moore 35 20 30 53 MC MC 26 MC 46
Austin Smotherman
Andrew Novak
Ryan Brehm MC
Aaron Baddeley MC 41 MC MC MC MC MC
Doc Redman 26 MC
Dylan Wu
Nick Watney 66 MC 37 MC MC MC 56
Kelly Kraft 47 MC
Erik van Rooyen 13
Cameron Percy 29
Marty Dou Ze Cheng
Chris Stroud 46 Wd 42 MC* 33 MC
Michael Kim MC MC 60
Paul Haley
Henrik Norlander MC MC
Jerry Kelly MC MC 19 17 MC 37 MC

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