The Players Championship, also referred to as the THE PLAYERS Championship or simply, THE PLAYERS, is an annual golf tournament held the TPC Sawgrass, Florida. The inaugural tournament was held in 1974 at the Atlanta Country Club in Marietta, Georgia, and was won by the great Jack Nicklaus, who received a mere $250,000 for his troubles, pennies compared to today’s prize money of $10,000,000.
The Players Championship is seen by many as the unofficial ‘fifth major’, given its prestige, the fact it is played at the world renowned Sawgrass Course and the huge purse. For most of its existence, the tournament has been held in late March, two weeks before the Masters. But in 2007, it was moved to mid-May as part of the restructuring the PGA Tour. The restructure gave the PGA Tour a marquee event for six consecutive months, given the Masters is in April, the Players in May, the U.S Open in June, the Open Championship in July, the PGA Championships in August and the Tour Championship in September.
The Final of the 2015 Asian Cup will be played at Sydney’s Olympic Stadium, also known as ANZ Stadium. It is a world class venue which holds 84,000.
The inaugural champion, Jack Nicklaus, also holds the record for most victories, having walked away with the winner’s cheque three times (1974, 1976 & 1978). This tournament is also a good indication of how a player will fare at the upcoming U.S. Open, with many winners going on to perform well at the Major.
|YEAR||WINNER||RUNNER UP||MARGIN OF VICTORY|
|2015||RICKIE FOWLER||SERGIO GARCIA||PLAYOFF|
|2014||MARK KAYMER||JIM FURYK||1 STROKE|
|2013||TIGER WOODS||DAVID LINGMERTH||2 STROKES|
|2012||MATT KUCHAR||MARTIN LAIRD||2 STROKES|
|2011||K.J. CHOI||DAVID TOMS||PLAYOFF|
|2010||TIM CLARK||ROBERT ALLENBY||1 STROKE|
|2009||HENRIK STENSON||IAN POULTER||4 STROKES|
|2008||SERGIO GARCIA||PAUL GOYDOS||PLAYOFF|
|2007||PHIL MICKELSON||SERGIO GARCIA||2 STROKES|
|2006||STEPHEN AMES||RETIEF GOOSEN||6 STROKES|
|2005||FRED FUNK||LUKE DONALD||1 STROKE|