Jordan Spieth: 'Players About Equal To The Majors'

The three-time major winner believes that the Players Championship is on par with the majors

Jordan Spieth: 'Players About Equal To The Majors'
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The three-time major winner believes that the Players Championship is on par with the majors

Jordan Spieth: 'Players About Equal To The Majors'

Once again during Players Championship week there has been lots of talk about it becoming the fifth major and the significance of the tournament.

Three-time major winner Jordan Spieth hasn't won the event and spoke about its importance in his pre-tournament press conference, likening it to the majors.

"I have not won the Players, and we look at this tournament up there in about equal value with the major championships.

"The only thing that holds it away from being a major is simply people jotting down how many majors people won."

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The tournament regularly attracts the world's best players and has made its home at one of golf's toughest tests at TPC Sawgrass

"I mean, it is one of the toughest tests in golf with potentially the best field in golf," Spieth said.

Spieth in practice at TPC Sawgrass. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

"I think it is the best golf in all of golf. If you win here, you can win anywhere else."

The tournament's prize money this year is $11m with a winner's cheque of $1.98m - that is the exact same as The Masters.

Last year's US Open was golf's most lucrative event with a prize pool of $12m, of which winner Brook Koepka took home $2.16m.

The 2017 Open had a smaller prize fund than this year's Players Championship with a $10.25m total purse and a $1.845m 1st prize.

Regular PGA Tour events offer 500 FedEx Cup points to the winner, WGCs 550 and the majors and The Players all give 600 points to the winner.

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"There is no added thing that any other tournament brings that this tournament doesn't have," Spieth said.

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The 24-year-old also believes that Rickie Fowler doesn't get the credit he deserves for winning the tournament in 2015.

"Therefore, guys like Rickie, who kind of catches some slack for having not won a major yet, essentially he's won what's harder to win than a major: the Players."

"I think we look at it that way as a whole. I mean, I'm not speaking for everybody, but I think just based on conversations I've had, it seems to be the case."

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Elliott Heath
Elliott Heath

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.


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