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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 García 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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PGA: Who’s Next? The 24 Rookies at the 2014 Masters

Kevin Stadler Is In It After Day One At His First Masters

Kevin Stadler Is In It After Day One At His First Masters

Tiger‘s out with a bad back. Phil‘s 43.

Who’s next?

Maybe one of these guys – the 24 rookies playing The Masters this week.

They range in age from 19 to 51.

They rank from 13th to 168th (not counting the six amateurs) and represent 10 different countries.

And who’s the best performer after day one?

Jonas Blixt, Jimmy Walker and the Walrus‘ son, Kevin Stadler, are all two under, two strokes off the pace (Bill Haas is at -4).

GOLFER WORLD RANK COUNTRY AGE PGA TOUR WINS TOURNAMENT (YEAR, TO PAR)
Jordan Spieth 13 USA 20 1 John Deere Classic (2013, -19)
           
Victor Dubuisson 21 France 23 0 None
           
Patrick Reed 23 USA 23 3 Wyndham Championship (2013, -14)
          Humana Challenge (2014, -28)
          WGC-Cadillac Championship (2014, -4)
           
Jimmy Walker 24 USA 35 3 Frys.com Open (2013, -17)
          Sony Open (2014, -17)
          AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am (2014, -11)
           
Graham DeLaet 30 Canada 32 0 None
           
Harris English 36 USA 24 2 Fed Ex St. Jude Classic (2013, -12)
          OHL Classic at Mayakoba (2013, -21)
           
Stephen Gallacher 38 Scotland 39 0 None
           
Matt Jones 41 Australia 33 1 Shell Houston Open (2014, -15)
           
Matt Every 42 USA 30 1 Arnold Palmer Invitational (2014, -13)
           
Joost Luiten 45 Netherlands 28 0 None
           
Billy Horschel 49 USA 27 1 Zurich Classic of New Orleans (2013, -20)
           
Chris Kirk 53 USA 28 2 Viking Classic (2011, -22)
          McGladrey Classic (2013, -14)
           
Jonas Blixt 56 Sweden 29 2 Frys.com Open (2012, -16)
          Greenbrier Classic (2013, -13)
           
Kevin Stadler 60 USA 34 1 Waste Management Phoenix Open (2014, -16)
           
Brendon de Jonge 80 Zimbabwe 33 0 None
           
Roberto Castro 87 USA 28 0 None
           
Steven Bowditch 131 Australia 30 1 Valero Texas Open (2014, -8)
           
Derek Ernst 168 USA 23 1 Wells Fargo Championship (2013, -8)
           
Matthew Fitzpatrick A England 19 0 None
Oliver Goss A Australia 19 0 None
Chang-woo Lee A South Korea 20 0 None
Michael McCoy A USA 51 0 None
Jordan Niebrugge A USA 20 0 None
Garrick Porteous A England 24 0 None

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