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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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Giancarlo Stanton and the Biggest Current Contracts in Baseball (2015)

Giancarlo Stanton Scores...The Biggest Contract In Sports History

Giancarlo Stanton Scores…The Biggest Contract In Sports History

Just when you thought there was no one left worthy of a super-megacontract, comes along the biggest contract in baseball history, one that breaks through the $300 million ceiling for the first time.

The Miami Marlins have locked up rightfielder Giancarlo Stanton for the next 13 years at a cost of a back-loaded $325 million cannolis.

It’s the largest current and ever MLB contract – and, by the way, also the largest contract in all of global sports history. AND, he’s only 25 years old, the youngest dude on this page.

What did Stanton do to deserve this? I mean, not THAT much. Sure he’s got the power, but he’s lacking in other areas by more than a little bit – and he strikes out a lot. Here are his basics:

YEAR G R H 2B HR RBI SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2010 100 45 93 21 22 59 123 .259 .326 .507 .833
2011 150 79 135 30 34 87 166 .262 .356 .537 .893
2012 123 75 130 30 37 86 143 .290 .361 .608 .969
2013 116 62 106 26 24 62 140 .249 .365 .480 .845
2014 145 89 155 31 37 105 170 .288 .395 .555 .950

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Stanton is now baseball’s only $300 million man. Only one other current contract is over $250 million – and that is in the hands of a player who played exactly 0 games in 2014.

New York Yankees‘ suspensionee and now-admitted steroid man, Alex Rodriguez, still has three years left on a $275 million deal.

Detroit Tigers‘ 2012 triple-crown winner Miguel Cabrera* signed an extension just before the 2014 season – one that begins in 2016 and places him third overall below. But Cabrera is on today’s list of the “top 20” biggest current contracts in baseball twice because his current $152.3 contract hasn’t expired yet (so it’s really a top 21).

All together, eight players have contracts of $200M or more.

Of all 21, only six are pitchers. What? Doesn’t pitching win championships? The most lucrative position? That would be first base with nine part- or full-time reps.

The Yankees represent the most big contracts below with five, followed by the Los Angeles Dodgers with  four.

  PLAYER AGE^ POS. CONTRACT VALUE (YRS) SEASONS CURRENT TEAM GP IN 2014
1. Giancarlo Stanton 25 RF $325M (13) 2015-2027 Miami Marlins 145
2. Alex Rodriguez 39 3B $275M (10) 2008-2017 New York Yankees 0
3. Miguel Cabrera* 31 1B/3B/DH $248M (8) 2016-2023 Detroit Tigers 159
4. Albert Pujols 34 1B/DH $240M (10) 2012-2021 Los Angeles Angels 159
4. Robinson Cano 32 2B $240M (10) 2014-2023 Seattle Mariners 157
6. Joey Votto 31 1B $225M (10) 2014-2023 Cincinnati Reds 62
7. Clayton Kershaw 26 LHP $215M (7) 2014-2020 Los Angeles Dodgers 27
8. Prince Fielder 30 1B $214M (9) 2012-2020 Texas Rangers 42
9. Joe Mauer 31 1B/DH $184M (8) 2011-2018 Minnesota Twins 120
10. Mark Teixeira 34 1B $180M (8) 2009-2016 New York Yankees 123
10. Justin Verlander 31 RHP $180M (7) 2013-2019 Detroit Tigers 32
12. Felix Hernandez 28 RHP $175M (7) 2013-2019 Seattle Mariners 34
13. Buster Posey 27 C/1B $167M (9) 2013-2021 San Francisco Giants 147
14. CC Sabathia 34 LHP $161M (7) 2009-2015 New York Yankees 8
15. Matt Kemp 30 RF/LF/CF $160M (8) 2012-2019 Los Angeles Dodgers 150
16. Troy Tulowitzki 30 SS $157.8M (10) 2011-2020 Colorado Rockies 91
17. Masahiro Tanaka 26 RHP $155M (7) 2014-2020 New York Yankees 20
18. Adrian Gonzalez 32 1B $154M (7) 2012-2018 Los Angeles Dodgers 159
19. Jacoby Ellsbury 31 CF $153M (7) 2014-2020 New York Yankees 149
20. Miguel Cabrera* 31 1B/3B/DH $152.3M (8) 2008-2015 Detroit Tigers 159
21. Zack Greinke 31 RHP $147M (6) 2013-2018 Los Angeles Dodgers 32

^ Age at the time of this original posting Nov. 19, 2014

Source: baseballprospectus.com, which lists the all-time list of baseball’s biggest contracts.

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PGA: The 10 Biggest Wins (Largest Margins of Victory) in Masters History

A Big Green Jacket For 21-Year Old Tiger Woods' Big Masters Victory In 1997 - The Biggest Ever

A Big Green Jacket For 21-Year Old Tiger Woods’ Big Masters Victory In 1997 – The Biggest Ever

Here’s a list a bit different than the 10 best scores in Masters history, but the dude at the top is still the same. Tiger Woods‘ blowout of the field in 1997 – with the best Masters score of all time at -18 – saw him win by 12 shots, the only double-digit margin of victory at Augusta.

Jack Nicklaus came close in 1965, winning by nine – but that was over two of the greatest golfers ever in Arnold Palmer and Gary Player. Quite a feat.

In general, though, The Masters is not home to many beatdowns by any stretch. In its 76 years as a golf major (not including 2014), only 13 times has the winner taken the Green Jacket by a margin of four or more.

In fact, the last time someone won by more than four was 17 years ago – yup, Woods in ’97 again.

One of the many reasons every true golfer and golf fan loves the Masters: competition at the top straight into Sunday.

Seve Ballesteros appears twice. How nice.

  MARGIN OF VICTORY MASTERS WINNER YEAR TO PAR RUNNER(S)-UP
1. 12 Tiger Woods 1997 -18 Tom Kite
2. 9 Jack Nicklaus 1965 -17 Arnold Palmer, Gary Player
3. 8 Raymond Floyd 1976 -17 Ben Crenshaw
4. 7 Cary Middlecoff 1955 -9 Ben Hogan
5. 6 Arnold Palmer 1964 -12 Jack Nicklaus, Dave Marr
6. 5 Claude Harmon 1948 -9 Cary Middlecoff
6. 5 Ben Hogan 1953 -14 Ed Oliver
6. 5 Nick Faldo 1996 -12 Greg Norman
9. 4 Jimmy Demaret 1940 -8 Lloyd Mangrum
9. 4 Sam Snead 1952 -2 Jack Burke, Jr.
9. 4 Seve Ballesteros 1980 -13 Gibby Gilbert, Jack Newton
9. 4 Seve Ballesteros 1983 -8 Ben Crenshaw, Tom Kite
9. 4 Bernhard Langer 1993 -11 Chip Beck

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