Golf Entertainment: The PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass

by JL Lewis on April 27, 2010

The PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass

PGA TOUR PLAYERS Championship TPC SawgrassThe PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra, Florida, is the home of the PGA TOUR and an unforgettable event. Labeled the “fifth major,” TPC Sawgrass is borderline impossible in some spots and provides players and fans with plenty of drama.  The last three holes are very exciting and are never predictable.  Playing these holes under pressure is more terrifying than it is fun for the simple fact that the wind can ruin or make the round at any time.

An example of these tough conditions is in 2005, when I finished tied for 8th, by far my best at The PLAYERS Championship.  On the famous par three 17th the wind was swirling about 20 to 25 miles per hour when we approached the tee. I was so concerned with keeping the ball down I teed it as low as I could and half-bladed a 9 iron that was headed into the water over the green when a huge gust of wind came up and knocked the ball out of the air onto the very back of the green. I made the putt for a 2 and went on to shoot 70 and finish 8th.

I am a fan of Pete Dye Golf courses because both of my wins have come on his designs, but I must say Pete went all out on TPC Sawgrass to show his designing abilities. Every detail of slope as well as the amount of landing area depending on the difficulty of the shot is taken into account. As long as the wind is manageable, the course is almost fair. When the wind gets going over 10 mph, the course takes on a whole new demeanor and is one of the toughest in the world. The event is taxing and whoever wins survives four days of consistent pressure on each shot.

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