What is The Players Championship?

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The Players Championship

Clue

Despite not officially being a major, it is considered by many to be 'the fifth major'.

Answer

The Players Championship is an annual PGA golf tournament. It is owned by the PGA tour. The field almost always includes the current top 50 golfers in the world rankings.

More about The Players Championship

The tournament was first played in 1974.

The 2022 Players Championship offers the highest prize money in global tournament golf at the same with a total prizemoney pool of US $20 million. Also, the winner earns more world ranking points than for any other tournament win except for the 4 Majors and a five year exemption on the PGA Tour.

While being played over 4 different courses in the first eight years The Players Championship has, since 1982, been played at the TPC Sawgrass golf course which includes the iconic par 3 17th Island Green.

Player Championship Total Purse

  • 1974: $250,000 / Jack Nicklaus, $50,000
  • 1982: $500,000 / Jerry Pate, $90,000
  • 1987: $1 million / Sandy Lyle, $180,000
  • 1993: $2.5 million / Nick Price, $450,000
  • 2000: $6 million / Hal Sutton, $1.08 million
  • 2007: $9 million / Phil Mickelson, $1.62 million
  • 2014: $10 million / Martin Kaymer, $1.8 million
  • 2018: $11 million / Webb Simpson, $1.89 million
  • 2019: $12.5 million / Rory McIlroy, $2.25 million
  • 2021: $15 million / Justin Thomas, $2.7 million
  • 2022: $20 million / Cameron Smith, $3.6 million