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The 2016 Players Championship was a golf tournament in Florida on the PGA Tour, held May 12–15 at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, southeast of Jacksonville. It was the 43rd Players Championship.

2016 Players Championship
Tournament information
DatesMay 12–15, 2016
LocationPonte Vedra Beach, Florida
Course(s)TPC Sawgrass,
Stadium Course
Tour(s)PGA Tour
Statistics
Par72
Length7,215 yards (6,597 m)
Field144 players, 76 after cut
Cut142 (−2)
Prize fund$10.5 million
Winner's share$1.89 million
Champion
Australia Jason Day
273 (−15)
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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

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.[1][2] 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.

VenueEdit

This was the 35th Players Championship held at the TPC at Sawgrass Stadium Course and it remained at 7,215 yards (6,597 m).

Course layoutEdit

The 2016 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 consists of 144 players meeting the following criteria:[3]

1. Winners of PGA Tour events since last Players

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)

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

3. Top 125 (medical)

Fredrik Jacobson

4. Major champions from the past five years

Ernie Els, Martin Kaymer (5)

5. Players Championship winners from the past five years

K. J. Choi

6. The Tour Championship winners from the past three years
7. World Golf Championship winners from the past three years
8. Memorial Tournament and Arnold Palmer Invitational winners since 2015
9. Top 50 from the Official World Golf Ranking

An Byeong-hun, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Søren Kjeldsen, Andy Sullivan, Bernd Wiesberger

10. Senior Players champion from prior year

Bernhard Langer

11. Web.com Tour money leader from prior season

Patton Kizzire

12. Money leader during the Web.com Tour Finals

Chez Reavie

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

Ricky Barnes, Kim Si-woo, Jamie Lovemark, Patrick Rodgers, Harold Varner III, Jhonattan Vegas

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)
  Ireland (2)
  Austria (1)
  Denmark (1)
  Germany (3)
  Italy (1)
  Spain (2)
  Sweden (5)

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
Adam Scott   Australia 2004 73 65 75 68 281 −7 T12
Martin Kaymer   Germany 2014 68 72 76 71 287 -1 T39
K. J. Choi   South Korea 2011 73 68 73 74 288 E T43
Sergio García   Spain 2008 72 66 77 75 290 +2 T54

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
Henrik Stenson   Sweden 2009 77 73 150 +6

Round summariesEdit

First roundEdit

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Jason Day   Australia 63 −9
T2 Bill Haas   United States 65 −7
Shane Lowry   Ireland
Justin Rose   England
Brendan Steele   United States
Cameron Tringale   United States
T7 Daniel Berger   United States 66 −6
Ernie Els   South Africa
Brooks Koepka   United States
Francesco Molinari   Italy
Hudson Swafford   United States
Boo Weekley   United States

Second roundEdit

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.

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Jason Day   Australia 63-66=129 −15
2 Shane Lowry   Ireland 65-68=133 −11
T3 Jonas Blixt   Sweden 67-67=134 −10
Alex Čejka   Germany 67-67=134
Cameron Tringale   United States 65-69=134
T6 Jerry Kelly   United States 67-68=135 −9
Colt Knost   United States 72-63=135
Russell Knox   Scotland 68-67=135
Francesco Molinari   Italy 66-69=135
Boo Weekley   United States 66-69=135
Gary Woodland   United States 67-68=135

Third roundEdit

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.

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Jason Day   Australia 63-66-73=202 −14
T2 Alex Čejka   Germany 67-67-72=206 −10
Ken Duke   United States 74-67-65=206
Hideki Matsuyama   Japan 68-71-67=206
5 Francesco Molinari   Italy 66-69-72=207 −9
T6 Kevin Chappell   United States 71-67-70=208 −8
Retief Goosen   South Africa 70-68-70=208
T8 Jonas Blixt   Sweden 67-67-75=209 −7
Colt Knost   United States 72-63-74=209
Cameron Tringale   United States 65-69-75=209

Final roundEdit

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Jason Day   Australia 63-66-73-71=273 −15 1,890,000
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
T7 Hideki Matsuyama   Japan 68-71-67-73=279 −9 338,625
Francesco Molinari   Italy 66-69-72-72=279
T9 Daniel Berger   United States 66-72-73-69=280 −8 283,500
Alex Čejka   Germany 67-67-72-74=280
Graeme McDowell   Northern Ireland 72-70-69-69=280

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
  Day −14 −14 −14 −14 −14 −13 −13 −13 −12 −13 −13 −14 −14 −14 −14 −15 −15 −15
  Chappell −9 −9 −8 −7 −7 −7 −6 −6 −7 −7 −9 −9 −9 −9 −9 −10 −11 −11
  Duke −9 −10 −10 −10 −11 −11 −11 −10 −10 −9 −10 −10 −10 −10 −9 −10 −10 −10
  Knost −7 −8 −8 −8 −6 −6 −7 −8 −9 −9 −9 −10 −9 −10 −10 −10 −10 −10
  Kuchar −6 −7 −7 −7 −6 −7 −7 −7 −8 −8 −8 −9 −9 −9 −9 −10 −10 −10
  Thomas −4 −5 −5 −5 −5 −6 −6 −7 −7 −7 −8 −8 −7 −8 −8 −9 −9 −10
  Matsuyama −9 −9 −7 −7 −7 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −8 −9 −8 −8 −9 −9 −9
  Molinari −9 −10 −9 −9 −9 −8 −8 −8 −9 −9 −9 −10 −10 −8 −8 −9 −9 −9

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par

Eagle Birdie Bogey Double bogey

Source:[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Murray, Ewan (May 15, 2016). "Jason Day extends his hot streak by easing to Players Championship". The Guardian. Retrieved May 16, 2016.
  2. ^ Corrigan, James (May 16, 2016). "Jason Day wins Players Championship as Australian enters Tiger Woods territory". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved May 16, 2016.
  3. ^ "Inside the Field: The Players Championship". PGA Tour. May 10, 2016.
  4. ^ "FedEx Cup Season Points". PGA Tour. Retrieved May 2, 2016.
  5. ^ Smits, Garry (May 10, 2016). "U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson withdraws from Players after birth of fourth child". The Florida Times-Union. Jacksonville, Florida.
  6. ^ a b "The Players Championship". ESPN. (Golf: PGA Tour). May 15, 2016. Retrieved May 1, 2017.

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