The Players Championship

The Players Championship
Players Championship logo.png
Tournament information
Location Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Established 1974, 43 years ago
Course(s) TPC at Sawgrass,
Stadium Course
( 1982–present)
Par 72
Length 7,189 yards (6,574 m) [1]
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund $10.5 million
Month played May
Tournament record score
Aggregate 264 Greg Norman (1994)
To par −24 Greg Norman (1994)
Current champion
South Korea Kim Si-woo
2017 Players Championship
TPC Sawgrass is located in the US
TPC Sawgrass
TPC Sawgrass
Location in the United States
TPC Sawgrass is located in Florida
TPC Sawgrass
TPC Sawgrass
Location in Florida

The Players Championship (often styled as THE PLAYERS Championship or THE PLAYERS) is an annual golf tournament on the PGA Tour. Originally known as the Tournament Players Championship, it began in 1974. [2] The Players Championship offers the highest prize fund of any tournament in golf ($10 million in 2015). [3] The field usually includes the top 50 players in the world rankings, but unlike the three major championships staged in the United States, it is not an official event on the European Tour.

The Players has often been considered the unofficial "fifth major" due to its prestige, its host course (the TPC at Sawgrass Stadium Course at which the tournament has been played since 1982, home of the iconic par-3 No. 17 "Island Green") and its large purse. [4] [5]

Format

The victor receives $1.89 million, the winner's share (18%) of the largest purse of any tournament in golf ($10.5 million), and receives 80 points towards his world ranking, the largest share aside from the majors, for which winners earn 100 points. For comparison, the winners of the four individual World Golf Championships generally receive between 70 and 78 points.

The winner also receives a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour (formerly ten years), [6] a three-year invitation to the Masters Tournament, three-year exemptions for the U.S. Open and The Open Championship, and an exemption to that year's PGA Championship in August. The winner earns 600 FedEx Cup points, if a PGA Tour member.