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7th May 2018 | 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 eleven winners and three noticeable trends appear.

Top-60 on tour for adjusted scoring average
Ten of the last eleven winners all 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 nine of the last eleven 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 ten of the last eleven champions have all been ranked inside the top-60 on tour for proximity with approaches from 200+ yards.

Players that fit all three trends:
Bryson DeChambeau
Chez Reavie
Emiliano Grillo
Gary Woodland
Henrik Stenson
J.J. Spaun
Jordan Spieth
Justin Thomas
Keegan Bradley
Marc Leishman
Patrick Cantlay
Paul Casey
Phil Mickelson
Rafa Cabrera Bello
Rickie Fowler
Rory McIlroy
Sergio Garcia
Tiger Woods
Webb Simpson
Zach Johnson

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