2008 Players Championship

The 2008 Players Championship was a golf tournament in Florida on the PGA Tour, held May 8–11 at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, southeast of Jacksonville. It was the 35th Players Championship and was won by Sergio García, in a sudden-death playoff over Paul Goydos.[1][2]

2008 Players Championship
Tournament information
DatesMay 8–11, 2008
LocationPonte Vedra Beach, Florida
30°11′53″N 81°23′38″W / 30.198°N 81.394°W / 30.198; -81.394Coordinates: 30°11′53″N 81°23′38″W / 30.198°N 81.394°W / 30.198; -81.394
Course(s)TPC at Sawgrass
Tour(s)PGA Tour
Statistics
Par72
Length7,215 yards (6,597 m)
Field144 players, 74 after cut
Cut147 (+3)
Prize fund$9.5 million
Winner's share$1.71 million
Champion
Spain Sergio García
283 (−5), playoff
Location Map
TPC Sawgrass is located in the United States
TPC Sawgrass
TPC Sawgrass
Location in the United States
TPC Sawgrass is located in Florida
TPC Sawgrass
TPC Sawgrass
Location in Florida
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Defending champion Phil Mickelson finished nine strokes back, in a tie for 21st place.

VenueEdit

This was the 27th Players Championship held at the TPC at Sawgrass Stadium Course and it remained at 7,215 yards (6,597 m).

Course layoutEdit

The 2008 Players Championship
Tee Rating/Slope 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Yards n/a 423 532 177 384 471 393 442 237 583 3,642 424 558 358 181 481 449 523 137 462 3,573 7,215
Par 4 5 3 4 4 4 4 3 5 36 4 5 4 3 4 4 5 3 4 36 72

FieldEdit

Michael Allen, Robert Allenby, Stephen Ames, Stuart Appleby, Ryan Armour, Tommy Armour III, Woody Austin, Aaron Baddeley, Briny Baird, Brian Bateman, Cameron Beckman, Rich Beem, Jason Bohn, Bart Bryant, Jonathan Byrd, Ángel Cabrera, Mark Calcavecchia, Chad Campbell, Michael Campbell, Paul Casey, Alex Čejka, K. J. Choi, Daniel Chopra, Stewart Cink, Tim Clark, José Cóceres, Fred Couples, Ben Crane, Ben Curtis, Brian Davis, Chris DiMarco, Luke Donald, Ken Duke, Steve Elkington, Ernie Els, Bob Estes, Niclas Fasth, Steve Flesch, Fred Funk, Jim Furyk, Sergio García, Robert Garrigus, Brian Gay, Lucas Glover, Mathew Goggin, Retief Goosen, Jason Gore, Paul Goydos, Nathan Green, Mathias Grönberg, Bill Haas, Todd Hamilton, Søren Hansen, Pádraig Harrington, Dudley Hart, J. P. Hayes, J. J. Henry, Mark Hensby, Tim Herron, Charley Hoffman, J. B. Holmes, Charles Howell III, Ryuji Imada, Freddie Jacobson, Miguel Ángel Jiménez, Dustin Johnson, Richard S. Johnson, Zach Johnson, Matt Jones, Jerry Kelly, Anthony Kim, Greg Kraft, Cliff Kresge, Matt Kuchar, Bernhard Langer, Stephen Leaney, Tom Lehman, Justin Leonard, Peter Lonard, Davis Love III, Steve Lowery, Jeff Maggert, Hunter Mahan, John Mallinger, Steve Marino, Shigeki Maruyama, Troy Matteson, Billy Mayfair, George McNeill, Rocco Mediate, John Merrick, Shaun Micheel, Phil Mickelson, Ryan Moore, Kevin Na, Sean O'Hair, Nick O'Hern, Joe Ogilvie, Geoff Ogilvy, José María Olazábal, Jeff Overton, Rod Pampling, Jesper Parnevik, Pat Perez, Tom Pernice Jr., Kenny Perry, Tim Petrovic, Carl Pettersson, Ian Poulter, Brett Quigley, Jeff Quinney, John Rollins, Andrés Romero, Justin Rose, Rory Sabbatini, Adam Scott, John Senden, Vijay Singh, Heath Slocum, Brandt Snedeker, Kevin Stadler, Henrik Stenson, Richard Sterne, Steve Stricker, Kevin Sutherland, Vaughn Taylor, Nicholas Thompson, David Toms, D. J. Trahan, Bo Van Pelt, Scott Verplank, Camilo Villegas, Johnson Wagner, Charles Warren, Nick Watney, Bubba Watson, Boo Weekley, Mike Weir, Lee Westwood, Brett Wetterich, Charlie Wi, Tim Wilkinson, Dean Wilson, Mark Wilson

Round summariesEdit

First roundEdit

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Sergio García   Spain 66 −6
T2 Paul Goydos   United States 68 −4
Kenny Perry   United States
T4 Steve Elkington   Australia 69 −3
Niclas Fasth   Sweden
Todd Hamilton   United States
Ian Poulter   England
Heath Slocum   United States
T9 Ángel Cabrera   Argentina 70 −2
Fred Couples   United States
Ben Crane   United States
Miguel Ángel Jiménez   Spain
Anthony Kim   United States
Troy Matteson   United States
John Merrick   United States
Phil Mickelson   United States
José María Olazábal   Spain
Brett Quigley   United States
Kevin Stadler   United States
Nicholas Thompson   United States
D. J. Trahan   United States
Boo Weekley   United States

Source:[3]

Second roundEdit

Friday, May 9, 2008

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Kenny Perry   United States 68-70=138 −6
T2 Sergio García   Spain 66-73=139 −5
Paul Goydos   United States 68-71=139
Bernhard Langer   Germany 72-67=139
5 Anthony Kim   United States 70-70=140 −4
6 Boo Weekley   United States 70-71=141 −3
T7 Stephen Ames   Canada 74-68=142 −2
Briny Baird   United States 71-71=142
Fred Couples   United States 70-72=142
Ben Crane   United States 70-72=142
John Merrick   United States 70-72=142
Kevin Stadler   United States 70-72=142

Source:[4]

Third roundEdit

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Paul Goydos   United States 68-71-70=209 −7
2 Kenny Perry   United States 68-70-72=210 −6
3 Sergio García   Spain 66-73-73=212 −4
T4 Bernhard Langer   Germany 72-67-75=214 −2
Phil Mickelson   United States 70-73-71=214
Jeff Quinney   United States 71-73-70=214
T7 Stuart Appleby   Australia 72-72-71=215 −1
Briny Baird   United States 71-71-73=215
J. B. Holmes   United States 72-72-71=215
Greg Kraft   United States 75-72-68=215
Tom Lehman   United States 73-73-69=215
Tim Petrovic   United States 73-73-69=215
Boo Weekley   United States 70-71-74=215

Source:[5]

Final roundEdit

Sunday, May 11, 2008

In windy conditions, the final pairing struggled on the final day; overnight leader Paul Goydos managed a 2-over-par 74, whilst Kenny Perry crashed to an 81 (+9). In the groups ahead, the pairing of Jeff Quinney and Sergio García produced some of the best golf of the day, and García became the clubhouse leader at 5-under-par 283. Goydos still led, but missed a 15-foot (4.6 m) par putt to win on the final hole, forcing a sudden-death playoff.[2]

Champion
(c) = past champion
Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
T1 Sergio García   Spain 66-73-73-71=283 −5 Playoff
Paul Goydos   United States 68-71-70-74=283
3 Jeff Quinney   United States 71-73-70-70=284 −4 646,000
4 Briny Baird   United States 71-71-73-72=287 −1 456,000
5 Stephen Ames (c)   Canada 74-68-74-72=288 E 380,000
T6 Ben Crane   United States 70-72-75-72=289 +1 307,562
Ernie Els   South Africa 72-71-74-72=289
Tom Lehman   United States 73-73-69-74=289
Brett Quigley   United States 70-76-72-71=289
T10 Chad Campbell   United States 73-72-77-68=290 +2 218,500
J. B. Holmes   United States 72-72-71-75=290
Greg Kraft   United States 75-72-68-75=290
Henrik Stenson   Sweden 73-71-75-71=290
Dean Wilson   United States 74-72-75-69=290

Source:[6]

ScorecardEdit

Final round

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 4 5 3 4 4 4 4 3 5 4 5 4 3 4 4 5 3 4
  García −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −4 −3 −3 −3 −4 −5 −4 −5 −5 −5 −5 −5
  Goydos −7 −6 −5 −6 −5 −5 −5 −5 −5 −6 −6 −7 −7 −6 −5 −6 −6 −5
  Quinney −3 −4 −3 −3 −3 −3 −2 −2 −2 −2 −3 −3 −4 −4 −4 −5 −5 −4
  Baird −1 −1 −2 −2 −2 −2 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −3 −2 −2 −1 −1
  Ames E E E +2 +2 +2 +1 +1 E −1 −1 −1 −1 −1 −2 −2 −2 E
  Perry −5 −5 −5 −4 −5 −5 −4 −4 −4 −3 −2 −2 −2 −2 +1 +1 +2 +3

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par

Birdie Bogey Double bogey Triple bogey+

Source:[7]

PlayoffEdit

At the first playoff hole, the infamous par-3 17th, Goydos' went first and his tee shot found water. Garcia stayed dry, stopping 4 feet (1.2 m) from the pin and the playoff was essentially over. Goydos finished the hole with a double bogey to give Garcia three putts to win; he two-putted for par and the title.[1] It was the first playoff at the Players Championship since 1987 and the first to start at the 17th hole.[2]

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Sergio García   Spain 3 E 1,710,000
2 Paul Goydos   United States 5 +2 1,026,000

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Bamberger, Michael (May 19, 2008). "A Fresh Breeze". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Ferguson, Doug (May 12, 2008). "Garcia wins Players Championship". Victoria Advocate. Texas. Associated Press. p. C1.
  3. ^ "Golf: Players Championship - First round scores". Tuscaloosa News. Alabama. Associated Press. May 9, 2008. p. 2C.
  4. ^ "Youth gives way at Players". Tuscaloosa News. Alabama. Associated Press. May 10, 2008. p. 5C.
  5. ^ "Goydos takes control at Players". Tuscaloosa News. Alabama. Associated Press. May 11, 2008. p. 5C.
  6. ^ "Past Results 1974 – present". PGA Tour. Retrieved March 1, 2020.
  7. ^ "The Players Championship". ESPN. Retrieved September 14, 2015.

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