7th Mar 2022 | The Players Championship

The Players Championship Trends

Players Championship Trends

We look at the trends of recent winners at TPC Sawgrass and see which players fit the pattern this year.

Commonly known as the ‘fifth major’, The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass is one of the highlights of the year. A high quality field playing on a signature golf course ensures the tournament lives up to its billing.

We have looked at the profile of the last 14 winners and three noticeable trends appear.

Top-60 on tour for adjusted scoring average
13of the last 14 winners ranked inside the top-60 on tour for scoring average in the year of their victory. To conquer Sawgrass you need to be a good player, playing well.

Top-60 in strokes gained with approach shots
The danger at TPC Sawgrass lies in approach to the greens, where there is a thin line between success and failure. It makes sense therefore that 11 of the last 14 champions ranked inside the top-60 in strokes gained tee-to-green.

Top-60 on tour for approaches from 200+ yards
TPC Sawgrass isn’t a bomber’s course but 13 of the last 14 champions were ranked inside the top-60 on tour for proximity with approaches from 200+ yards.

Players that fit all three trends:
Adam Scott
Collin Morikawa
Corey Conners
Hideki Matsuyama
Joaquin Niemann
Jon Rahm
Justin Thomas
Martin Laird
Matt Fitzpatrick
Russell Knox
Sam Burns
Talor Gooch
Tom Hoge
Troy Merritt
Viktor Hovland
Will Zalatoris

Odds correct at time of publishing: 12:53 7th Mar, 2022 but subject to change

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