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10th Mar 2020 | 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
Twelve of the last 13 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 ten of the last thirteen 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 twelve of the last thirteen champions were ranked inside the top-60 on tour for proximity with approaches from 200+ yards.

Players that fit all three trends:
Hideki Matsuyama
Joel Dahmen
Marc Leishman
Rory McIlroy
Russell Knox
Sungjae Im
Tom Hoge
Tyrrell Hatton
Webb Simpson

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