2015 Players Championship

The 2015 Players Championship was a golf tournament in Florida on the PGA Tour, held May 7–10 at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, southeast of Jacksonville. It was the 42nd Players Championship.

2015 Players Championship
Tournament information
DatesMay 7–10, 2015
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 Sawgrass,
Stadium Course
Tour(s)PGA Tour
Statistics
Par72
Length7,215 yards (6,597 m)
Field144 players, 75 after cut
Cut144 (Even)
Prize fund$10.0 million
Winner's share$1.80 million
Champion
United States Rickie Fowler
276 (−12), 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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Rickie Fowler won the tournament, beating Kevin Kisner and Sergio García in a playoff.[1][2][3][4]

Trailing by five shots with six holes to play, Fowler played them at six-under-par, going birdie-par-birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie to force a playoff.[5][6] After the three-hole aggregate playoff (holes 16–18) ended with Kisner and Fowler still tied, they returned to the 17th for sudden-death. Fowler put his tee shot to five feet (1.5 m) on the island green 17th, and made birdie to win.[7][8][9]

Defending champion Martin Kaymer finished twelve strokes back at even par, tied for 56th place.

VenueEdit

This was the 34th Players Championship held at the TPC at Sawgrass Stadium Course and it remained at 7,215 yards (6,597 m).

Course layoutEdit

The 2015 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 76.8 / 155 423 532 177 384 471 393 442 237 583 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

The field consisted of 144 players meeting the following criteria:

1. Winners of PGA Tour events since last Players

Bae Sang-moon (2), Ángel Cabrera (2), Alex Čejka, Ben Crane (2), Jason Day (2,6,8,12), Matt Every (2,8), Jim Furyk (2,8), Bill Haas (2,8), James Hahn (2), Brian Harman (2), Pádraig Harrington, Charley Hoffman (2,8,12), J. B. Holmes (2,8,12), Billy Horschel (2,7,8), Dustin Johnson (2,6,8,12), Martin Kaymer (2,4,5,8), Chris Kirk (2,8), Brooks Koepka (8), Hunter Mahan (2,8), Ben Martin (2), Hideki Matsuyama (2,8,12), Rory McIlroy (2,4,6,8), Ryan Moore (2,8,12), Geoff Ogilvy (2), Patrick Reed (2,6,8,12), Justin Rose (2,4,8), Adam Scott (2,4,8), Brandt Snedeker (2,7,8), Jordan Spieth (2,4,8,12), Robert Streb (2), Kevin Streelman (2), Nick Taylor, Brendon Todd (2,8), Camilo Villegas (2), Jimmy Walker (2,8,12), Bubba Watson (2,4,6,8,12)

2. Top 125 from previous season's FedEx Cup points list

Robert Allenby, Aaron Baddeley, Ricky Barnes, Jonas Blixt, Jason Bohn, Steven Bowditch, Keegan Bradley (4,6,8), Scott Brown, Paul Casey (8), Kevin Chappell, K. J. Choi (5), Stewart Cink, Erik Compton, Brian Davis, Brendon de Jonge, Graham DeLaet, Luke Donald, Jason Dufner (4), Ernie Els (4), Harris English, Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño, Martin Flores, Rickie Fowler (8), Sergio García (8), Brice Garnett, Robert Garrigus, Retief Goosen, Luke Guthrie, Chesson Hadley, David Hearn, Russell Henley (8), Morgan Hoffmann, Charles Howell III, John Huh, Billy Hurley III, Ryo Ishikawa, Fredrik Jacobson, Zach Johnson (8), Matt Jones, Jerry Kelly, Kevin Kisner, Russell Knox, Jason Kokrak, Matt Kuchar (5,6,8), Scott Langley, Danny Lee, Marc Leishman, Justin Leonard, Will MacKenzie, Graeme McDowell (4,8), William McGirt, George McNeill, Troy Merritt, Phil Mickelson (4,8), Bryce Molder, Kevin Na (8), Noh Seung-yul, Louis Oosthuizen (4,8), Jeff Overton, Ryan Palmer (8), Pat Perez, Carl Pettersson, Ian Poulter (6,8), Michael Putnam, Andrés Romero, Rory Sabbatini, Charl Schwartzel (4,8), John Senden, Webb Simpson (4,8), Vijay Singh, Scott Stallings, Brendan Steele, Shawn Stefani, Henrik Stenson (7,8), Steve Stricker, Chris Stroud, Brian Stuard, Daniel Summerhays, Andrew Svoboda, Michael Thompson, David Toms, Cameron Tringale, Bo Van Pelt, Jhonattan Vegas, Nick Watney, Boo Weekley, Lee Westwood (8), Tim Wilkinson, Gary Woodland

3. Top 125 from current season - Medical Extension

Spencer Levin, Scott Piercy

4. Major champions from the past five years

Darren Clarke

5. Players Championship winners from the past five years

Tiger Woods (6)

6. WGC winners from the past three years
7. The Tour Championship winners from the past three years
8. Top 50 from the Official World Golf Ranking

Jamie Donaldson, Stephen Gallacher, Branden Grace, Thongchai Jaidee, Anirban Lahiri, Shane Lowry, Joost Luiten, Bernd Wiesberger, Danny Willett

9. Senior Players champion from prior year

Bernhard Langer

10. Web.com Tour money leader from prior season

Adam Hadwin

11. Money leader during the Web.com Tour Finals

Derek Fathauer

12. Top 10 current year FedEx Cup points leaders
13. Remaining positions and alternates filled through current year FedEx Cup standings

Daniel Berger, Sean O'Hair, Justin Thomas

Nationalities in the fieldEdit

North America (88) South America (4) Europe (26) Oceania (12) Asia (7) Africa (7)
  Canada (4)   Argentina (2)   England (7)   Australia (9)   India (1)   South Africa (6)
  United States (84)   Colombia (1)   Northern Ireland (3)   Fiji (1)   Japan (2)   Zimbabwe (1)
  Venezuela (1)   Scotland (2)   New Zealand (2)   South Korea (3)
  Wales (1)   Thailand (1)
  Ireland (2)
  Austria (1)
  Germany (3)
  Netherlands (1)
  Spain (2)
  Sweden (4)

Round summariesEdit

First roundEdit

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 David Hearn   Canada 67 −5
Charley Hoffman   United States
Hideki Matsuyama   Japan
Kevin Na   United States
T5 Derek Fathauer   United States 68 −4
Billy Horschel   United States
Charles Howell III   United States
Ben Martin   United States
Troy Merritt   United States
Brendon Todd   United States

Second roundEdit

Friday, May 8, 2015

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Jerry Kelly   United States 71-65=136 −8
Kevin Na   United States 67-69=136
T3 Rickie Fowler   United States 69-69=138 −6
Branden Grace   South Africa 71-67=138
David Hearn   Canada 67-71=138
Chris Kirk   United States 70-68=138
T7 Scott Brown   United States 72-67=139 −5
Bill Haas   United States 72-67=139
Zach Johnson   United States 71-68=139
Ben Martin   United States 68-71=139
Troy Merritt   United States 68-71=139
Chris Stroud   United States 70-69=139

Third roundEdit

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Chris Kirk   United States 70-68-68=206 −10
T2 Bill Haas   United States 72-67-68=207 −9
Kevin Kisner   United States 73-67-67=207
Ben Martin   United States 68-71-68=207
T5 Scott Brown   United States 72-67-69=208 −8
Sergio García   Spain 69-72-67=208
David Hearn   Canada 67-71-70=208
Jerry Kelly   United States 71-65-72=208
Kevin Na   United States 67-69-72=208
Justin Thomas   United States 73-70-65=208

Final roundEdit

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Champion
(c) = past champion
Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
T1 Rickie Fowler   United States 69-69-71-67=276 −12 Playoff
Sergio García (c)   Spain 69-72-67-68=276
Kevin Kisner   United States 73-67-67-69=276
T4 Bill Haas   United States 72-67-68-70=277 −11 440,000
Ben Martin   United States 68-71-68-70=277
T6 Kevin Na   United States 67-69-72-71=279 −9 347,500
Rory Sabbatini   South Africa 70-71-69-69=279
T8 Jamie Donaldson   Wales 70-72-71-67=280 −8 270,000
Brian Harman   United States 71-69-70-70=280
Ryo Ishikawa   Japan 71-69-69-71=280
Rory McIlroy   Northern Ireland 69-71-70-70=280
John Senden   Australia 73-70-67-70=280

Source:[10]

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
  Fowler −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −7 −7 −7 −6 −6 −6 −7 −7 −8 −10 −11 −12
  García −7 −8 −8 −9 −10 −11 −11 −11 −11 −11 −11 −11 −11 −10 −10 −11 −12 −12
  Kisner −9 −10 −10 −9 −8 −9 −9 −9 −9 −9 −9 −10 −10 −10 −10 −11 −12 −12
  Haas −9 −9 −10 −10 −10 −10 −9 −8 −7 −8 −8 −8 −8 −9 −10 −11 −11 −11
  Martin −9 −10 −10 −10 −9 −9 −9 −9 −8 −9 −10 −10 −10 −9 −10 −11 −12 −11
  Na −8 −8 −8 −6 −6 −7 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −9 −9 −10 −10 −9
  Sabbatini −6 −6 −6 −6 −6 −7 −7 −7 −7 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −9 −9
  Kirk −10 −10 −10 −9 −8 −8 −9 −9 −9 −9 −9 −9 −9 −8 −7 −7 −7 −7

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par

Eagle Birdie Bogey Double bogey

Source:[11]

PlayoffEdit

The playoff was the first at The Players to use the three-hole aggregate format, adopted the prior year, which began at par-5 16th hole. After the three holes, Fowler and Kisner were tied, but García missed his birdie putt on 18 to continue and was eliminated. The same three holes were scheduled for sudden-death, but started at the par-3 17th, which both had birdied twice Sunday. Fowler birdied it again (his fifth on the 17th hole in six attempts for the week) to win the title.[1] The birdies were a first for the Players; its four previous playoffs, all sudden-death, had no under-par scoring.

Place Player Country Three-hole Sudden-death Money ($)
Score To par Score To par
1 Rickie Fowler   United States 5-2-4=11 −1 2 −1 1,800,000
T2 Kevin Kisner   United States 5-2-4=11 −1 3 E 880,000
Sergio García   Spain 5-3-5=13 +1  
  • García just missed his birdie putt on 18 to continue; his one-handed tap-in did not drop and it was scored a bogey.

Source:[11]

ScorecardEdit
Hole 16 17 18 17
Par 5 3 4 3
  Fowler E −1 −1 −2
  Kisner E −1 −1 −1
  García E E +1  

Cumulative playoff scores, relative to par

Birdie Bogey

Source:[9][11]

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Rickie Fowler's play-off brilliance seals stunning Players Championship win". Daily Mail. (London). May 11, 2015. Retrieved May 12, 2015.
  3. ^ "Rickie Fowler outlasts logjam to win Players Championship". New York Times. May 11, 2015. Retrieved May 12, 2015.
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  5. ^ Biggane, Brian (May 10, 2015). "'Overrated' Fowler wins The Players Championship in playoff". Palm Beach Post. (Florida). Retrieved May 2, 2017.
  6. ^ Thompson, Edgar (May 10, 2015). "Rickie Fowler answers critics by winning the Players Championship". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 2, 2017.
  7. ^ "Unequaled finish earns Fowler PLAYERS Championship". PGA Tour. Associated Press. May 10, 2015. Retrieved May 2, 2017.
  8. ^ Bamberger, Michael (May 18, 2015). "The Players a player". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved May 2, 2017.
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  10. ^ "Past Results 1974 – present". PGA Tour. Retrieved March 1, 2020.
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