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8th May 2017 | 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 tens winners and three noticeable trends appear.

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

Players that fit all three trends:
Dustin Johnson
Gary Woodland
Graham DeLaet
Hideki Matsuyama
Jordan Spieth
Justin Thomas
Kevin Kisner
Kyle Stanley
Luke List
Rickie Fowler
Russell Henley
Tyrrell Hatton
Wesley Bryan

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