2016 Players Championship
|Dates||May 12–15, 2016|
|Location||Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida|
|Length||7,215 yards (6,597 m)|
|Field||144 players, 76 after cut|
|Prize fund||$10.5 million|
|Winner's share||$1.89 million|
Jason Day, number one in the world rankings and reigning PGA Champion, led wire-to-wire to win his first Players, four strokes ahead of runner-up Kevin Chappell. With favorable scoring conditions early, Day was at 129 (−15) after 36 holes and then shot even par on the weekend.
Defending champion Rickie Fowler missed the 36-hole cut by a stroke.
This was the 35th Players Championship held at the TPC at Sawgrass Stadium Course and it remained at 7,215 yards (6,597 m).
|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|
The field consists of 144 players meeting the following criteria:
Steven Bowditch (2), Jason Day (2,4,7,8,9,13), Jason Dufner (2,4), Tony Finau (2), Rickie Fowler (2,5,9), Fabián Gómez (2), Branden Grace (9), Emiliano Grillo (9), James Hahn (2), J. J. Henry (2), Jim Herman (2), Charley Hoffman (2,9), Zach Johnson (2,4,9), Smylie Kaufman (9), Chris Kirk (2), Kevin Kisner (2,9,13), Russell Knox (2,7,9,13), Danny Lee (2,9), David Lingmerth (2,8,9), Davis Love III (2), Shane Lowry (7,9), Peter Malnati, Hideki Matsuyama (2,9), Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy (2,4,7,9), Troy Merritt (2), Scott Piercy (2), Adam Scott (2,4,7,9,13), Brandt Snedeker (2,9,13), Jordan Spieth (2,4,6,9,13), Brian Stuard, Vaughn Taylor, Justin Thomas (2,9,13), Bubba Watson (2,4,7,9,13), Danny Willett (4,9)
- Charl Schwartzel (2,9) did not play.
- 2. Top 125 from previous season's FedEx Cup points list
Daniel Berger (9), Zac Blair, Jonas Blixt, Jason Bohn, Keegan Bradley (4), Scott Brown, Chad Campbell, Paul Casey (9), Alex Čejka, Kevin Chappell, Chad Collins, Erik Compton, Jon Curran, Brendon de Jonge, Graham DeLaet, Luke Donald, Ken Duke, Harris English, Matt Every (8), Jim Furyk (9), Sergio García (9), Andres Gonzales, Retief Goosen, Jason Gore, Bill Haas (9), Chesson Hadley, Adam Hadwin, Brian Harman, Pádraig Harrington, David Hearn, Russell Henley, Morgan Hoffmann, J. B. Holmes (9), Billy Horschel (6,9), Charles Howell III, John Huh, Dustin Johnson (7,9), Matt Jones, Jerry Kelly, Colt Knost, Brooks Koepka (9), Jason Kokrak, Matt Kuchar (5,9), Martin Laird, Marc Leishman (9), Spencer Levin, Hunter Mahan, Ben Martin, William McGirt, George McNeill, Phil Mickelson (4,9), Bryce Molder, Francesco Molinari, Ryan Moore (9), Kevin Na (9,13), Sean O'Hair, Louis Oosthuizen (9), Carlos Ortiz, Jeff Overton, Greg Owen, Ryan Palmer, Carl Pettersson, Scott Pinckney, Ian Poulter, Patrick Reed (7,9,13), Kyle Reifers, Justin Rose (4,9), John Senden, Vijay Singh, Brendan Steele, Shawn Stefani, Henrik Stenson (6,9), Robert Streb, Kevin Streelman, Chris Stroud, Daniel Summerhays, Hudson Swafford, Nick Taylor, Brendon Todd, Cameron Tringale, Camilo Villegas, Johnson Wagner, Jimmy Walker (9), Boo Weekley, Steve Wheatcroft, Will Wilcox, Mark Wilson, Gary Woodland
- Bae Sang-moon, Stewart Cink, Tim Clark, Ryo Ishikawa, Pat Perez, John Peterson, Rory Sabbatini, Webb Simpson (4), Nick Watney, and Lee Westwood (9) did not play.
- 3. Top 125 (medical)
- 4. Major champions from the past five years
- Darren Clarke did not play.
- 5. Players Championship winners from the past five years
- Tiger Woods (7) did not play.
- 6. The Tour Championship winners from the past three years
- 7. World Golf Championship winners from the past three years
- 9. Top 50 from the Official World Golf Ranking
- 10. Senior Players champion from prior year
- 11. Web.com Tour money leader from prior season
- 12. Money leader during the Web.com Tour Finals
- 13. Top 10 current year FedEx Cup points leaders
- 14. Remaining positions and alternates filled through current year FedEx Cup standings
- These players were all in the first 73 places in the standings, as of May 2.
- Aaron Baddeley – replaced Webb Simpson
Nationalities in the fieldEdit
|North America (94)||South America (4)||Europe (27)||Oceania (9)||Asia (5)||Africa (5)|
|Canada (4)||Argentina (2)||England (8)||Australia (7)||Japan (1)||South Africa (4)|
|Mexico (1)||Colombia (1)||Northern Ireland (2)||Fiji (1)||South Korea (3)||Zimbabwe (1)|
|United States (89)||Venezuela (1)||Scotland (2)||New Zealand (1)||Thailand (1)|
Past champions in the fieldEdit
Made the cutEdit
|Player||Country||Year won||R1||R2||R3||R4||Total||To par||Place|
|Matt Kuchar||United States||2012||71||67||72||68||278||−10||T3|
|K. J. Choi||South Korea||2011||73||68||73||74||288||E||T43|
Missed the cutEdit
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||Total||To par|
|Rickie Fowler||United States||2015||72||71||143||−1|
|Davis Love III||United States||1992, 2003||71||72||143||−1|
|Phil Mickelson||United States||2007||70||73||143||−1|
Thursday, May 12, 2016
|T2||Bill Haas||United States||65||−7|
|Brendan Steele||United States|
|Cameron Tringale||United States|
|T7||Daniel Berger||United States||66||−6|
|Ernie Els||South Africa|
|Brooks Koepka||United States|
|Hudson Swafford||United States|
|Boo Weekley||United States|
Friday, May 13, 2016
Saturday, May 14, 2016
A two-hour weather delay on Friday afternoon caused several players to suspend their rounds due to darkness. Among these was Day, who completed the final four holes of his second round on Saturday morning; play resumed at 9:15 a.m. EDT.
|Cameron Tringale||United States||65-69=134|
|T6||Jerry Kelly||United States||67-68=135||−9|
|Colt Knost||United States||72-63=135|
|Boo Weekley||United States||66-69=135|
|Gary Woodland||United States||67-68=135|
Saturday, May 14, 2016
With the second round completed on Saturday morning, the third round was played in groupings of three from split tees. Scores were significantly higher than the first two rounds, as the course conditions toughened. Ken Duke shot 65 (−7) for the best round of the day and Hideki Matsuyama carded a 67; both joined Alex Čejka in a tie for second, four strokes behind Day, who recorded a one-over 73.
|Ken Duke||United States||74-67-65=206|
|T6||Kevin Chappell||United States||71-67-70=208||−8|
|Retief Goosen||South Africa||70-68-70=208|
|Colt Knost||United States||72-63-74=209|
|Cameron Tringale||United States||65-69-75=209|
Sunday, May 15, 2016
|Place||Player||Country||Score||To par||Money ($)|
|2||Kevin Chappell||United States||71-67-70-69=277||−11||1,134,000|
|T3||Ken Duke||United States||74-67-65-72=278||−10||504,000|
|Colt Knost||United States||72-63-74-69=278|
|Matt Kuchar||United States||71-67-72-68=278|
|Justin Thomas||United States||70-68-75-65=278|
|T9||Daniel Berger||United States||66-72-73-69=280||−8||283,500|
|Graeme McDowell||Northern Ireland||72-70-69-69=280|
Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
Eagle Birdie Bogey Double bogey
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