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Dates: Thursday, March 22nd through Sunday, March 25th
Site: TPC at Sawgrass (Stadium Course), Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Course Architect: Pete Dye (1980)
Par: 72
Yardage: 7,093
HolebyHole: 1  Par 4 392 Yds 10  Par 4 424 Yds
2  Par 5 532 Yds 11  Par 5 535 Yds
3  Par 3 177 Yds 12  Par 4 358 Yds
4  Par 4 384 Yds 13  Par 3 181 Yds
5  Par 4 466 Yds 14  Par 4 467 Yds
6  Par 4 393 Yds 15  Par 4 449 Yds
7  Par 4 442 Yds 16  Par 5 507 Yds
8  Par 3 219 Yds 17  Par 3 137 Yds
9  Par 5 583 Yds 18  Par 4 447 Yds
 
36 3,588 Yds 36 3,505 Yds
Annual: 28th
Defending Champion: Hal Sutton
Runnerup: Tiger Woods
Tournament Record: 264 (Greg Norman, 1994)
54Hole Record: 197 (Greg Norman, 1994)
36Hole Record: 130 (Greg Norman, 1994)
Course Record: 63 (Fred Couples, 1992; Greg Norman, 1994)
9Hole Record: 30 (Held by several players)
Total Purse: $6,000,000
Shares: 1st Place  $1,080,000; 2nd Place  648,000; 3rd Place  408,000
2000 Finish

Player Score Player Score
   
Hal Sutton 278 Colin Montgomerie 284
Tiger Woods 279 Nick Price 284
Robert Damron 284 Tom Lehman 285
Scott Dunlap 284 Greg Chalmers 286
Jeff Maggert 284 Lee Janzen 286
Len Mattiace 286
Mark O'Meara 286
Past THE PLAYERS Championship Winners and RunnersUp

2000  Hal Sutton (278)  Tiger Woods
1999  David Duval (285)  Scott Gump
1998  Justin Leonard (278)  Tom Lehman, Glen Day
1997  Steve Elkington (272)  Scott Hoch
1996  Fred Couples (270)  Colin Montgomerie, Tommy Tolles
1995  Lee Janzen (283)  Bernhard Langer
1994  Greg Norman (264)  Fuzzy Zoeller
1993  Nick Price (270)  Bernhard Langer
1992  Davis Love III (273)  I.BakerFinch, P.Blackmar, N.Faldo, T.Watson
1991  Steve Elkington (276)  Fuzzy Zoeller
1990  Jodie Mudd (278)  Mark Calcavecchia
1989  Tom Kite (279)  Chip Beck
1988  Mark McCumber (273)  Mike Reid
1987  *Sandy Lyle (274)  Jeff Sluman
1986  John Mahaffey (275)  Larry Mize
1985  Calvin Peete (274)  D.A. Weibring
1984  Fred Couples (277)  Lee Trevino
1983  Hal Sutton (283)  Bob Eastwood
1982  Jerry Pate (280)  Brad Bryant, Scott Simpson
1981  *Ray Floyd (285)  Barry Jaeckel, Curtis Strange
1980  Lee Trevino (278)  Ben Crenshaw
1979  Lanny Wadkins (283)  Tom Watson
1978  Jack Nicklaus (289)  Lou Graham
1977  Mark Hayes (289)  Mike McCullough
1976  Jack Nicklaus (269)  J.C. Snead
1975  Al Geiberger (270)  Dave Stockton
1974  Jack Nicklaus (272)  J.C. Snead
*  Won in Playoff.
Note: Formerly called Tournament Players Championship (197487).
Top Contenders in the Field

Finish last 10 years
Player 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
          
Hal Sutton T68 mc mc T19 mc T53 T50 T18 T4 Won
Tiger Woods dnp dnp dnp dnp dnp dnp T31 T35 T10 2nd
Nick Price T9 8th Won mc T37 T46 T24 T8 3rd T3
Colin Montgomerie dnp mc dnp T9 T14 T2 T7 mc T23 T3
Jeff Maggert mc T54 mc 3rd T18 T53 mc T51 T46 T3
Robert Damron dnp dnp dnp dnp dnp dnp T53 mc T52 T3
Scott Dunlap dnp dnp dnp dnp dnp dnp mc dnp dnp T3
Tom Lehman dnp T13 T11 mc T14 T8 6th T2 mc 8th
Mark O'Meara mc T9 5th mc mc T29 T70 T42 T6 T9
Len Mattiace dnp dnp dnp dnp dnp dnp T24 T5 mc T9
Lee Janzen mc mc T34 T35 Won T46 T37 T13 mc T9
Greg Chalmers dnp dnp dnp dnp dnp dnp dnp dnp dnp T9
David Duval dnp dnp dnp dnp mc T4 T43 T18 Won T13
Scott Hoch mc dnp mc mc wd T19 2nd T5 T6 T13
Fred Funk mc T60 T39 T78 T61 T13 T14 T69 T38 T13
Jeff Sluman mc T40 T46 mc T49 T41 mc mc T46 T17
Billy Mayfair T73 T67 T52 mc 18th mc mc T42 mc T17
Paul Azinger T3 T29 T6 dnp mc mc T14 mc mc T17
Ernie Els dnp dnp mc T45 T68 T8 T10 T11 T17 T20
Justin Leonard dnp dnp dnp dnp T34 T65 T37 Won T23 T22
Craig Parry T15 T6 mc T14 mc T53 T22 mc 69th T22
Stuart Appleby dnp dnp dnp dnp dnp dnp T14 mc mc T22
Thomas Bjorn dnp dnp dnp dnp dnp dnp dnp dnp dnp T22
Joe Ozaki dnp dnp T6 T45 T8 mc T65 T18 T10 T27
Kenny Perry T57 wd T65 T62 T55 T4 mc mc wd T27
Steve Jones T41 dnp dnp dnp dnp T33 mc T25 mc T27
Carlos Franco dnp dnp dnp dnp dnp dnp dnp dnp mc T27
Fred Couples T23 T13 T39 dnp T29 Won T10 T42 T4 T33
Vijay Singh dnp dnp T28 T55 T43 T8 T31 T54 T20 T33
David Toms dnp mc mc mc dnp mc mc mc T20 T38
Scott Gump dnp 66th mc dnp dnp T19 T65 T54 2nd T42
Bernhard Langer T6 T29 2nd T27 2nd dnp T31 mc T38 T42
Lee Westwood dnp dnp dnp dnp dnp dnp dnp T5 T6 T48
Davis Love III mc Won T67 T6 T6 T46 dq T57 T10 T48
John Daly mc 72nd mc mc dnp T19 wd T16 wd T48
Nick Faldo T57 T2 dnp 5th mc mc T24 T18 dq T53
Greg Norman T63 T35 T3 Won T37 mc T53 dnp mc T53
Mark Brooks mc T9 mc mc mc mc T7 mc T10 T57
David Frost T41 mc mc mc T37 T17 wd T42 T52 T57
Jim Furyk dnp dnp dnp dnp mc T13 T53 T35 T17 T61
Brad Faxon mc T67 dq T6 T49 dnp 4th T35 T46 T77
Steve Stricker dnp dnp dnp T23 T11 mc mc T51 T6 mc
Mark Calcavecchia mc 73rd mc T23 T18 T29 T24 4th T10 mc
Joey Sindelar T41 T46 T16 T35 dnp mc T31 T61 T10 mc
Skip Kendall dnp dnp dnp dnp dnp dnp dnp 68th T10 mc
Duffy Waldorf dnp T35 T52 mc mc mc T43 mc T17 mc
John Huston T15 T40 mc T35 mc mc T69 mc T20 mc
Jesper Parnevik dnp dnp dnp dnp T49 T53 mc T25 T23 mc
Phil Mickelson dnp mc mc dnp T14 T33 mc T8 T32 mc
Jose M. Olazabal mc T9 mc T14 T23 dnp dnp T25 T52 mc
Billy Andrade T27 mc T20 mc T8 mc 5th T35 T62 mc
Glen Day dnp dnp dnp dnp mc mc 61st T2 mc mc
Rocco Mediate T15 mc T6 dnp T55 T4 mc T57 mc mc
Loren Roberts T27 T21 mc T14 T34 T33 3rd mc mc mc
Darren Clarke dnp dnp dnp dnp dnp dnp dnp mc T71 mc
Sergio Garcia dnp dnp dnp dnp dnp dnp dnp dnp dnp mc
Steve Elkington Won mc T16 T51 wd T19 Won dnp T38 dnp
Joe Durant dnp dnp dnp dnp dnp dnp mc mc 76th dnp
Michael Campbell dnp dnp dnp dnp dnp T71 dnp dnp dnp dnp
Golftoday Network Selections

Pick to Win  Tiger Woods
Darkhorse  Craig Parry
Last Week's Pick to Win (Tiger Woods)  Finished 1st
Last Week's Darkhorse (Steve Flesch)  Missed the cut
NOTES:
Hal Sutton became the oldest golfer to win this event, as he held off world
numberone Tiger Woods by one shot in a Monday morning finish. With Sunday's
final round suspended due to rain and lightning, Sutton and Woods were among
a group of 20 players needing to return to the course on Monday. This was the
fifth time in the tournament's history that the event was held over until
Monday. The last time this occurred, Sutton also won in 1983. As the pair
reached the 17th tee, Sutton held a slim oneshot lead over Woods. Both
players parred 17 and Sutton iced the win with a brilliant second shot
on the home hole to within eight feet while Woods' second shot finished
some 30feet from the hole, just off the green. Both players made par and
finished the final 18 holes at oneunder 71. At 41years, 10 months and
28 days, Sutton replaced Calvin Peete as the oldest winner of the event.
Peete titled here in 1985 at 41years, 8 months and 13 days. A quintet
of golfers finished tied for third  Robert Damron, Scott Dunlap, Jeff
Maggert, Colin Montgomerie and Nick Price. 1999 champion David Duval
finished tied for 13th. Duval's winning total of 3underpar 285 in 1999
was the highest winning score at this event since moving to this site in 1982.
Only two PLAYERS Championships have been decided in playoffs. In 1981, Ray
Floyd defeated Barry Jaeckel and Curtis Strange on the first extra hole and
in 1987 Sandy Lyle parred the third playoff hole to defeat Jeff Sluman. Steve
Elkington, Fred Couples, Jack Nicklaus and Sutton are the only multiple
winners of this event, with Nicklaus being the only threetime winner. No
player has been able to win consecutive PLAYERS Championship
titles in the tournament's 27 years. Elkington's victory in 1997 was the
largest winning margin in tournament history, when he won by seven shots over
Scott Hoch. Mark Hayes and Nicklaus own the highest winning score in
tournament history (289), Hayes in 1977 and Nicklaus in '78. Tom Watson has
made the most cuts at this event (21). In 1984, PGA players plunked 64 balls
into the water on the 17th hole. The TPC at Sawgrass, designed by Pete
Dye, has hosted this event 19 consecutive years. Al Geiberger, Greg Norman,
Elkington and Sutton are the only wiretowire winners of this event. Only
one player has competed in all 27 PLAYERS Championships: Ben Crenshaw, who
is in this week's field. Bernhard Langer has the longest consecutive cut
streak at 14. Last year, Langer tied for 42nd. Fred Funk has made the cut nine
straight times while Vijay Singh has made eight straight. Both Funk and Singh
call Ponte Vedra Beach home and practice at the TPC at Sawgrass. Only one ace
was recorded last year at the islandgreen 17th hole when Paul Azinger
recorded a holeinone during the third round. Elkington is the only player to
birdie the final hole for victory when he captured the event in 1991.
Nicklaus and Sutton are the only players to win this event on their first
try, Nicklaus in 1974 and Sutton in 1983. Although never a winner at this
tournament, Tom Lehman has enjoyed much success, finishing in the top10
four of the last five years. Fortysix of the top50 players in the world are
competing this week. Missing from the field are: Pierre Fulke, Jose Coceres,
Shingo Katayaham and Toshi Izawa. The PGA Tour moves to Georgia for a couple
of weeks as the players will be competing at the BellSouth Classic next
week, the final tuneup for the season's first "major" The Masters, April
5th through 8th. Phil Mickelson is the defending champion at the BellSouth,
while Vijay Singh captured the Masters in 2000.
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