The Players Championship: History

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - MAY 13: Phil Mickelson hits his second shot on the par 4 18th hole during the final round of THE PLAYERS on the Stadium Course at the TPC Sawgrass on May 13, 2007 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)The Players Championship has been contested annually since 1974, and the importance of the event cannot be emphasised enough.

Although it does not quite make it to Major status – it is not considered an official event of the European Tour – it is in a category of its own. It is the wealthiest tournament of the PGA Tour, offering prize money in excess of US $9 million, and apart from the large purse, the winners are rewarded with added benefits, some of which are:

Added to these bonuses is the fact that the Players Championship offers the winner an inordinately high number of points which count towards the year-end Official World Golf Ranking. The winners of the four Grand Slam events of golf pick up 50 points each, and the victorious player at the Ponte Vedra is allocated 40 points for the win.

In comparison, the elite World Golf Championships – the Accenture Match Play Championship, the WGC-Championship and the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational – offer between 35 and 39 points, and these three tournaments are official money events of the PGA Tour, the European Tour and the Japan Golf Tour!

The Players Championship history has seen the tournament contested at several venues over the years.

Historically the tournament has always been held in March, but due to the restructuring of the PGA Tour to accommodate the exciting new FedEx Cup competition, the Players Championship has been moved to the month of May each year. The 2009 event will be held from 7 – 10 May.

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