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Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Golfers with the Most Players Championship Wins

Jack Nicklaus Won The First Players Championship In 1974

Jack Nicklaus Won The First Players Championship In 1974

“The Players” Championship has been around since 1974. It sports the biggest purse of any PGA (or any other global golf association) event. In 2015, $10 million will be parceled out amongst up to 75 finishers.

Last year, even second-place Jim Furyk made over $1 million (winner Martin Kaymer won $1.8 million).

Money is one thing, but there is a another reason The Players is known as the unofficial fifth major: the field – the top 50 golfers in the world per the current rankings headline the tournament.

In it’s 40 years (not including 2015), only six golfers have won the trophy more than once, with Jack Nicklaus at the top hoisting it thrice.

GOLFER PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP WINS YEARS
1. Jack Nicklaus 3 1974, 1976, 1978
2. Davis Love III 2 1992, 2003
2. Fred Couples 2 1984, 1996
2. Hal Sutton 2 1983, 2000
2. Steve Elkington 2 1991, 1997
2. Tiger Woods 2 2001, 2013
7. Adam Scott 1 2004
7. Al Geiberger 1 1975
7. Calvin Peete 1 1985
7. Craig Perks 1 2002
7. David Duval 1 1999
7. Fred Funk 1 2005
7. Greg Norman 1 1994
7. Henrik Stenson 1 2009
7. Jerry Pate 1 1982
7. Jodie Mudd 1 1990
7. John Mahaffey 1 1986
7. Justin Leonard 1 1998
7. K. J. Choi 1 2011
7. Lanny Wadkins 1 1979
7. Lee Janzen 1 1995
7. Lee Trevino 1 1980
7. Mark Hayes 1 1977
7. Mark McCumber 1 1988
7. Martin Kaymer 1 2014
7. Matt Kuchar 1 2012
7. Nick Price 1 1993
7. Phil Mickelson 1 2007
7. Raymond Floyd 1 1981
7. Sandy Lyle 1 1987
7. Sergio GarcĂ­a 1 2008
7. Stephen Ames 1 2006
7. Tim Clark 1 2010
7. Tom Kite 1 1989

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The Biggest Wins in The Players Championship History

Steve Elkington Wins The Players Championship In 1997

Steve Elkington Wins The Players Championship In 1997

It makes sense if you lump the top 50 golfers in the world into a tournament field, you’ll wind up with a closely contested event most of the time.

Such is the case with The Players Championship.

In 40 years, the winner has taken it by two strokes or less 27 times (a little more than two-thirds of the time). Only 13 golfers have won by three or more – including Davis Love III, the only player to have such a margin of victory twice.

At the top, though, is one man. In 1997, Steve Elkington beat Scott Hoch by seven.

We’ll check out all the multiple winners of The Players Championship, tomorrow.

YEAR GOLFER SCORE RUNNER-UP SCORE MARGIN OF VICTORY (STROKES)
1. 1997 Steve Elkington -16 -9 7
2. 2003 Davis Love III -17 -11 6
2. 2006 Stephen Ames -14 -8 6
4. 1979 Lanny Wadkins -5 0 5
4. 1993 Nick Price -18 -13 5
6. 1988 Mark McCumber -15 -11 4
6. 1992 Davis Love III -15 -11 4
6. 1994 Greg Norman -24 -20 4
6. 1996 Fred Couples -18 -14 4
6. 2009 Henrik Stenson -12 -8 4
11. 1975 Al Geiberger -10 -7 3
11. 1976 Jack Nicklaus -19 -16 3
11. 1985 Calvin Peete -14 -11 3

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The Greatest Final Round Comebacks in The Masters History (Video)

1. Jack Burke, Jr.: 1956, 8 Strokes Back

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1. Gary Player: 1978, 8 Strokes Back

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3. Nick Faldo: 1996, 6 Strokes Back

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