The Players Championship by the numbers

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We take a look at The Players Championship by the numbers since the inauguration of the tournament in 1974

The Players Championship, the unofficial 5th Major on the global golf circuit, gets underway this Thursday at TPC Sawgrass in Florida.

Below, we take a look at The Players Championship by the numbers since the inauguration of the tournament in 1974. It moved to TPC Sawgrass – a purpose-built stadium course – in 1982.

17th hole

1 – players to birdie the 17th in all four rounds of the Players Championship – Paul Azinger in 1987

6 – hole-in-ones, the last by Miguel Angel Jimenez in 2002. The first one was by Brad Fabel in 1986

12 – the highest score, recorded in the third round in 2005 by Bob Tway

59 – longest putt, in feet, holed on the 17th, by Bernhard Langer in 2008

137 – yards

598 – balls in the water since 2003: 212 in the first round, 160 in the second, 96 in the third and 130 in the fourth. In 2007, there were 93 balls in the water over the course of the four days – the highest number in the time period. The fewest, 28, came in 2014.


15 – Most eagles in tournament history, by Fred Couples

20 – most active consecutive starts, by Justin Leonard

26 – number of hole-in-ones at TPC Sawgrass

29 – lowest front-nine score, by Martin Kaymer in 2014

30 – lowest back-nine score, by 15 players, most recently Geoff Ogilvy in 2014

63 – lowest score, by Fred Couples (1992), Greg Norman (1994), Roberto Castro (2013) and Martin Kaymer (2014)

69 – Sam Snead’s age when starting the 1982 Players, the oldest in tournament history

92 – highest 18-hole score at TPC Sawgrass, by Michael Campbell in 2003

100 – longest putt made at the Players Championship, in feet, by Ben Crenshaw at the 14th hole in 2007

264 – low 72-hole score, by Greg Norman in 1994 (24-under-par)

1618 – number of birdies in 1996, the most in tournament history

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