PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) The Players Championship has all the ingredients of the fifth biggest tournament in golf.
It has the largest purse of any tournament at $9.5 million, with the winner getting nearly as much as Arnold Palmer earned in his PGA Tour career. From top to bottom, it has the strongest field of the year. The list of winners in 30 years at the TPC Sawgrass includes Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.
But to all fans, and most players, mention the tournament and the first thing that comes to mind is an island.
The Players Championship begins Thursday, and there will be a steady stream of traffic through the gates and toward the 17th hole, with an island green that makes it one of the most infamous holes in the world.