The Players Championship 2024: Course and current form stats

The first Players Championship was staged in 1974
Greenkeepers at TPC Sawgrass hard at work, early in the morning, on the 18th hole

All aboard for the 50th instalment of what is affectionately referred to as the 'Fifth Major'. Words and stats supplied by Andy Swales ...

  • Water a constant threat at Sawgrass

  • Matsuyama 28/129.00 can claim second win in five weeks

  • Henley 50/151.00 and Hadwin 80/181.00 offer e/w potential


  • Tournament and Course Notes

    • Fifty years ago in Georgia, the first Players Championship was staged at Atlanta Country Club. The tournament moved to its current, purpose-built home (TPC Sawgrass) eight years later and that's where the event has remained;

    • The 2020 edition lasted only 18 holes, before organisers pulled the plug as the 'Covid Virus' swept across the globe. And because that year's event was abandoned on Thursday evening, it means that this week's winner will become the tournament's 50th champion;

    • However, 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;

    • Laid out just one mile from the Atlantic Ocean, the Stadium Course is one of golf's most iconic venues. The architect of TPC Sawgrass, Pete Dye, was instructed 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. Since changes were made to the course in 2016, water comes into play on 16 holes, although the hazards vary in size considerably;

    • Between 1982 and 2006 the Championship was contested during March, before moving to May for 12 straight years. However, it returned to March in 2019 and, to accommodate this new date, and take into account different seasonal 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. But one aspect which hasn't changed is the need to remain deadly accurate from tee-to-green.

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    Good Current Form

    Last year's winner Scottie Scheffler 11/26.50, who also won last week at Bay Hill, looks well placed to post the best-ever performance by a defending champion at Sawgrass.

    The world No 1 has opened a significant points' gap at the top of the ranking, thanks to a sequence of consistent results.

    Thirteen of his last 18 starts have yielded top-six finishes, including nine podiums.

    For those seeking an each-way punt, then Russell Henley 50/151.00 and Sahith Theegala 50/151.00 might be worth a shot.

    Henley arrives at Sawgrass after finishing tied-fourth at Bay Hill.

    He is currently a career-high No 22 in the world, and his last two visits to the Players Championship have yielded top-20 finishes.

    World No 19 Theegala continues his rapid rise up the charts and in seven starts this year has posted a trio of T6s. And one of these came at Bay Hill on Sunday.

    Making a welcome return to form in recent weeks is former Masters champ Hideki Matsuyama 28/129.00.

    Japan's top player won last month at Riviera and was fifth last year at Sawgrass.

    He was denied at Sawgrass in 2020, when he led the tournament after 18 holes, following a course record-equalling 63, only for the event to be abandoned on Thursday evening because of the onslaught of Covid.

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    Good Course Form

    Three pros, who enjoyed strong performances at Sawgrass these past two years, are Adam Hadwin 80/181.00, Max Homa 25/126.00 and Viktor Hovland 20/121.00.

    Both Homa and Hovland are teeing-up at the Stadium Course for the fourth time, having improved year-on-year.

    The three 'Hs' have had mixed starts to 2024, particularly world No 4 Hovland whose best finish from four starts is tied-19th.

    Homa has played better and his tie-for-eighth at Bay Hill on Sunday was his highest finish this year.

    Hadwin is an unlikely winner in such a strong field but offers value as an each-way shout.

    In seven outings during 2024 the Canadian has posted a brace of T6s.

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    Stroke Averages


    Lowest 12 At TPC Sawgrass (2017-23)
    Average .... (Rounds)
    70.50: Viktor Hovland (10)
    70.60: Scottie Scheffler (10)
    70.64: Tommy Fleetwood (22)
    70.79: Tom Hoge (19)
    70.80: Max Homa (10)
    70.86: Si Woo Kim (21)
    70.87: Justin Thomas (23)
    70.91: Keegan Bradley (22)
    70.91: Jason Day (22)
    71.00: Hideki Matsuyama (16)
    71.06: Justin Rose (18)
    71.06: Ryan Moore (16)
    Min. No. of Rounds = 10
    Only those entered this week are included in table

    MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

    Note: List Contains Leading Reserves

    Note: 2020 event cancelled after 18 holes due to Covid

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Last 10 Weeks / TPC Sawgrass (2013-23)

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W10 W9 W8 W7 W6 W5 W4 W3 W2 W1
Scottie Scheffler 1 10 3 6 17 5
Rory McIlroy 21 21 24 66 1 2
Viktor Hovland 36 19 58 22
Wyndham Clark 2 MC 41 1 39 29
Xander Schauffele 25 4 54 9 3 10
Patrick Cantlay 36 4 11 56 52 12
Max Homa 8 16 MC 66 13 14
Matt Fitzpatrick MC 21 MC 15 58 MC 14
Brian Harman 12 44 60 54 70 18 5
Ludvig Aberg 25 19 2 9 30 47
Tommy Fleetwood MC 10 31 14 1 47
Jordan Spieth 30 Dq 6 39 3
Collin Morikawa MC 19 14 MC 5
Keegan Bradley 36 MC 11 43 2 45
Tom Kim 52 62 24 17 31 MC 45
Sam Burns 30 10 3 10 6 33
Jason Day 36 9 6 MC 34 10
Hideki Matsuyama 12 1 22 71 13 30 58
Cameron Young 36 4 16 8 70 3 33
Russell Henley 4 41 24 58 4 52
Sahith Theegala 6 37 5 20 64 MC 2
Justin Thomas 12 MC 12 6 3
Matthieu Pavon 52 28 3 1 39 7
Tony Finau 13 19 47 6 25 38
Chris Kirk 44 28 MC 26 47 18 1
Sepp Straka 57 MC MC 26 MC 12
Nick Taylor 12 39 1 71 MC 7 52
Min Woo Lee 44 2 71 43 21
Rickie Fowler 36 41 35 MC 47 MC 56
Nicolai Hojgaard MC 52 39 31 2 7 25
Will Zalatoris 4 2 13 34 MC
Sung Jae Im 18 MC 44 66 66 MC 25 5
Shane Lowry 3 4 60 25 MC
Lucas Glover 30 35 35 58 MC 29
Kurt Kitayama MC 39 8 39 24 29
Eric Cole 21 MC 10 49 14 MC 21 13 14
Harris English 21 7 17 76 64 10 14
JT Poston 55 66 10 MC 20 11 6 5
Emiliano Grillo 8 33 44 22 14 20 7 43
Ryan Fox 35 MC 41 MC 31 14
Byeong Hun An 8 21 16 66 31 2 4
Adam Hadwin 52 4 MC 39 6 MC 14
Jake Knapp 57 4 1 28 3 MC 70
Denny McCarthy 48 MC 39 22 26 24 43
Adam Scott MC 19 8 20 7
Justin Rose MC 64 11 56 57 40
Austin Eckroat 36 1 38 MC 37 25 42
Corey Conners 18 41 24 28 31 57 33
Si Woo Kim 30 44 12 14 25 42 25
Grayson Murray 25 MC MC 66 MC 1
Adam Schenk MC 56 MC 17 47 25 MC 29
Cameron Davis 18 49 20 MC 30 52
Tom Hoge 12 28 8 17 6 56 17 MC 38
Erik van Rooyen 25 2 8 MC 20 25 52 22
Luke List 56 MC 2 MC 26 50 66 22
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 44 MC 24 28 20 MC 2
Brendon Todd 6 MC 31 22 58 30 33
Taylor Moore 48 31 39 47 70 25
Alexander Noren 9 53 26 25 42
Adam Svensson MC MC 10 MC 47 MC 30 33
Stephan Jaeger 44 MC 3 71 3 52 18
Beau Hossler 28 24 41 14 6 47
Robert MacIntyre 32 60 6 MC MC MC 52
Keith Mitchell 9 19 17 54 MC 9 30
Andrew Putnam 8 44 MC 39 47 10 40
Mark Hubbard 64 48 53 4 20 47 57
Nick Dunlap 48 53 MC 80 1
Thomas Detry MC MC 28 4 20 MC
Lee Hodges 12 MC 24 MC 58 MC MC 57
Aaron Rai 23 19 MC 33 MC 57
Patrick Rodgers 25 6 MC 79 9 24 14
Sami Valimaki MC MC 2 41 43 MC MC
Mackenzie Hughes 30 MC 31 71 64 25
Matt Kuchar MC MC MC 39 MC MC
Ryo Hisatsune 18 MC 48 MC 33 11 30
Kyoung-Hoon Lee 4 MC MC MC 25 30
Billy Horschel 9 41 MC MC 18
Matt Wallace MC 33 53 MC MC 52 40
Alexander Bjork 47 MC MC 70 11 MC
Justin Suh MC MC MC 22 77 MC MC
Taylor Montgomery 60 MC 39 39 13 61 13
Taylor Pendrith MC MC 9 MC 10
Ben Griffin 55 MC 37 28 58 MC 9 30
Vincent Norrman 47 MC MC 56 MC 59
Akshay Bhatia MC MC 13 MC 13 14
Charley Hoffman MC 50 2 56 MC 42
Alex Smalley MC MC MC 75 MC 21 MC
Zac Blair MC 49 73 62 30
Seamus Power 21 31 66 31 MC 74 50
Kevin Yu 9 MC MC 58 6 3 MC
Michael Kim 23 MC MC MC 37 6 42
Sam Ryder 21 MC MC 31 MC 62
Chan Kim 61 28 8 MC 14 MC
Davis Thompson 47 24 15 MC 21 57
Ben Silverman 42 16 13 56 MC 18
Brandon Wu 42 MC 13 MC 47 MC 18
JJ Spaun MC MC MC 54 MC MC
Seong Hyeon Kim MC 67 MC 28 31 50 MC 30
Gary Woodland MC 39 MC MC MC
Sam Stevens 18 MC MC 28 43 65 24
Ben Kohles 6 MC Wd MC MC 47 52
Doug Ghim 16 8 12 13 MC MC
Maverick McNealy 41 13 6 39 37 MC 57
Nate Lashley MC MC MC MC 3 MC MC
Scott Stallings MC MC MC 25 MC 42
CT Pan 51 28 3 MC MC
Chez Reavie MC MC MC 52 MC
Hayden Buckley MC 28 77 MC MC MC
Matti Schmid 10 MC MC MC MC MC MC
Tyler Duncan 23 MC MC 53 MC 34 65
Camilo Villegas MC 67 MC 62 MC 50
Chesson Hadley 35 24 MC 25 56
Carl Yuan MC 52 Wd MC MC 4
Justin Lower 36 MC 3 53 43 39 74
Robby Shelton MC 60 60 25 MC 57
Carson Young 56 8 41 56 17 MC
Andrew Novak 9 8 8 MC MC MC
Harry Hall 49 MC 33 41 MC MC 42
Martin Laird 10 9 53 MC MC MC
David Skinns 67 4 MC MC MC MC
Nick Hardy MC MC 66 47 37 42 47
Garrick Higgo 32 16 60 49 MC MC 80
Kevin Streelman 32 MC Wd MC MC
Matthew NeSmith MC MC 71 MC 56 80
Parker Coody MC 47 24 25 MC 74
Greyson Sigg 56 19 MC MC 17 66
Dylan Wu MC 24 MC 50 MC 42
Peter Malnati 9 MC 14 MC MC MC
Joel Dahmen 49 MC 41 MC MC 72
Callum Tarren MC MC MC MC MC MC
Brice Garnett 1 51 MC MC
Jimmy Stanger 3 35 38 MC 14 MC
Davis Riley 62 MC 78 MC MC MC 52
Ben Taylor MC MC MC 64 MC MC
David Lipsky 41 MC MC MC MC MC
Joseph Bramlett 41 38 MC 25 MC 52
Aaron Baddeley 23 MC 24 28 37 MC
Zach Johnson 21 60 25 MC
Troy Merritt 23 47 58 MC MC MC 24
Webb Simpson 30 39 66
Ryan Moore MC 60 MC MC MC MC
Chad Ramey 35 33 MC 78 MC MC
Francesco Molinari MC MC 73 MC 5
Tyson Alexander 16 MC 53 56 MC Wd
Ben Martin 42 MC MC 37 56 MC
Nico Echavarria 15 21 24 MC MC 65 66 25
Steve Stricker
Chandler Phillips MC Wd 24 76 25 57
Bronson Burgoon MC 50 14
Victor Perez 3 16 52 MC MC
Rafael Campos 18 38 35 20
Patton Kizzire MC MC MC MC MC 13
Henrik Norlander 15 13 20
Tom Whitney 61 MC MC 13 MC
Player `23 `22 `21 `19 `18 `17 `16 `15 `14 `13
Scottie Scheffler 1 55 MC
Rory McIlroy MC 33 MC 1 MC 35 12 8 6 8
Viktor Hovland 3 9 MC
Wyndham Clark 27 MC MC Dq
Xander Schauffele 19 MC MC MC 2
Patrick Cantlay 19 MC MC MC 23 22
Max Homa 6 13 MC
Matt Fitzpatrick MC MC 9 41 46 MC MC
Brian Harman 44 63 3 8 MC 53 54 8 MC MC
Ludvig Aberg
Tommy Fleetwood 27 22 MC 5 7 41
Jordan Spieth 19 MC 48 MC 41 MC MC MC 4
Collin Morikawa 13 MC 41
Keegan Bradley MC 5 29 16 7 60 35 MC MC MC
Tom Kim 51
Sam Burns 35 26 MC
Jason Day 19 MC 35 8 5 60 1 MC 19
Hideki Matsuyama 5 MC 8 MC 22 7 17 23
Cameron Young 51 MC
Russell Henley 19 13 MC MC MC 35 MC 24 17 MC
Sahith Theegala 74 MC
Justin Thomas 60 33 1 35 11 MC* 3 24
Matthieu Pavon
Tony Finau 19 MC MC 22 57 MC MC
Chris Kirk MC MC 48 56 46 12 Wd 13 13 55
Sepp Straka 65 9 MC
Nick Taylor MC 48 16 MC* MC 73
Min Woo Lee 6
Rickie Fowler 13 MC 47 MC 60 MC 1 MC* MC
Nicolai Hojgaard
Will Zalatoris 73 26 21
Sung Jae Im 6 55 17 MC
Shane Lowry 35 13 8 MC 46 MC 16 MC
Lucas Glover 51 MC 48 MC MC* 6 MC MC
Kurt Kitayama MC
Eric Cole 27
Harris English MC MC MC MC MC MC MC 33
JT Poston MC MC 22 22
Emiliano Grillo MC MC MC 26 37 11 MC
Ryan Fox 27
Byeong Hun An 35 MC 26 30 MC
Adam Hadwin 13 9 29 MC 57 30 39 MC
Jake Knapp
Denny McCarthy 13 60 55 41
Adam Scott 71 MC 48 12 11 6 12 38 38 19
Justin Rose 6 MC 8 23 65 19 MC 4 MC
Austin Eckroat
Corey Conners MC 26 7 41
Si Woo Kim 27 Wd 9 56 63 1 23
Grayson Murray MC 30 MC*
Adam Schenk MC MC MC
Cameron Davis 6 MC MC
Tom Hoge 3 33 22 30 MC*
Erik van Rooyen 13
Luke List MC Wd MC 56 MC MC
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 13 41
Brendon Todd 27 MC 35 MC 51
Taylor Moore 35 MC
Alexander Noren MC 26 MC MC 17 10
Adam Svensson 13
Stephan Jaeger 44 MC
Beau Hossler MC MC MC MC 46
Robert MacIntyre MC
Keith Mitchell 35 13 MC 47 MC*
Andrew Putnam MC MC MC MC
Mark Hubbard 35 MC MC
Nick Dunlap
Thomas Detry MC
Lee Hodges MC 70
Aaron Rai 19
Patrick Rodgers MC MC 65 MC* MC MC MC
Sami Valimaki
Mackenzie Hughes MC MC MC 57 16
Matt Kuchar MC MC MC 26 17 MC* 3 MC 17 48
Ryo Hisatsune
Kyoung-Hoon Lee MC 55 41
Billy Horschel MC Wd 58 26 37 MC 28 13 26 MC
Matt Wallace MC MC 30
Alexander Bjork
Justin Suh 6
Taylor Montgomery 44
Taylor Pendrith 69 13
Ben Griffin 35
Vincent Norrman
Akshay Bhatia
Charley Hoffman MC 17 MC MC 30 MC 30 38 37
Alex Smalley 65
Zac Blair MC 49
Seamus Power MC 33 35
Kevin Yu
Michael Kim MC MC 60
Sam Ryder 44 60 MC MC
Chan Kim
Davis Thompson 68
Ben Silverman
Brandon Wu 19
JJ Spaun MC MC Wd MC
Seong Hyeon Kim MC
Gary Woodland 54 MC MC 30 MC MC* 28 MC 11
Sam Stevens
Ben Kohles
Doug Ghim MC 6 29
Maverick McNealy 60 46 MC
Nate Lashley 60 71
Scott Stallings 69 42 MC MC MC 75 65 MC
CT Pan MC MC 72 46
Chez Reavie MC MC MC MC 30 56 MC
Hayden Buckley MC 66
Matti Schmid
Tyler Duncan 54 MC MC*
Camilo Villegas 70 MC MC
Chesson Hadley 44 63 MC 11 MC 24 MC
Carl Yuan
Justin Lower MC
Robby Shelton MC MC
Carson Young
Andrew Novak MC
Harry Hall
Martin Laird MC MC 69 MC 57 MC MC MC 5
David Skinns
Nick Hardy MC
Garrick Higgo 44 MC
Kevin Streelman MC 22 MC MC MC MC* 74 MC MC 2
Matthew NeSmith MC MC MC
Parker Coody
Greyson Sigg MC
Dylan Wu 35
Peter Malnati MC 46 MC MC MC
Joel Dahmen 60 33 MC 12
Callum Tarren MC
Brice Garnett 50 MC 35 41 MC
Jimmy Stanger
Davis Riley MC
Ben Taylor
David Lipsky MC
Joseph Bramlett MC MC
Aaron Baddeley 72 MC 41 MC MC MC MC
Zach Johnson MC 41 MC MC* 48 54 13 26 19
Troy Merritt MC 46 MC MC MC MC 72
Webb Simpson MC MC MC 16 1 16 66 MC 15
Ryan Moore 35 20 30 53 MC MC 26 MC
Chad Ramey 27
Francesco Molinari 60 42 MC 56 MC 6 7 6 MC
Tyson Alexander MC
Ben Martin 54 MC 30 MC 4
Nico Echavarria MC
Steve Stricker MC 23 41 38 13 37
Chandler Phillips
Bronson Burgoon MC
Victor Perez 9
Rafael Campos
Patton Kizzire 65 22 35 MC* MC MC 76
Henrik Norlander MC MC
Tom Whitney

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