The Players Championship

The Players Championship
Players Championship logo.png
Tournament information
LocationPonte Vedra Beach, Florida
Established1974, 44 years ago
Course(s)TPC at Sawgrass,
Stadium Course
(1982–present)
Par72
Length7,189 yards (6,574 m)[1]
Tour(s)PGA Tour
FormatStroke play
Prize fund$10.5 million
Month playedMay
Tournament record score
Aggregate264 Greg Norman (1994)
To par−24 Greg Norman (1994)
Current champion
United States Webb Simpson
2018 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 (commonly known as simply The Players, stylized by the PGA Tour as The PLAYERS Championship) is an annual golf tournament on the PGA Tour. Originally known as the Tournament Players Championship, it began in 1974.[2] For many years, the Players Championship offered the highest prize fund of any tournament in golf ($10.5 million in 2015) until it was overtaken in 2017 by the U.S. Open, which offered a $12 million purse.[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 near Jacksonville, Florida (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 the next three PGA Championship tournaments starting in 2018. The winner earns 600 FedEx Cup points, if a PGA Tour member.