2020 Players Championship

The 2020 Players Championship was the 47th edition of Players Championship. It was scheduled to be held March 12–15 at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, but was canceled by the PGA Tour after day one in response to the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic; the tour had earlier announced that the tournament would proceed behind closed doors for the remaining three days. Hideki Matsuyama held a two stroke lead after the first round having equaled the course record of 63, nine under par.[1]

2020 Players Championship
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Tournament information
DatesMarch 12–15, 2020
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
Length7,189 yards (6,574 m)
Field144 players
Prize fund$15 million
Winner's share$2.7 million
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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Half the $15 million purse was split equally among the players who competed, giving each golfer a $52,000 share of the money.

VenueEdit

Course layoutEdit

The 2020 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 76.4 / 155 423 532 177 384 471 393 451 237 583 3,651 424 558 302 181 481 470 523 137 462 3,538 7,189
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:[2]

1. Winners of PGA Tour events since last Players

Patrick Cantlay (2,8,9), Paul Casey (2,9), Cameron Champ (2), Corey Conners (2), Tyler Duncan, Dylan Frittelli (2), Lanto Griffin (13), Tyrrell Hatton (2,8,9), Jim Herman, Max Homa (2), Viktor Hovland, Im Sung-jae (2,9,13), Kang Sung-hoon (2), Kevin Kisner (2,7,9), Brooks Koepka (2,4,7,9), Andrew Landry (2), Nate Lashley (2), Marc Leishman (2,9), Shane Lowry (2,4,9), Graeme McDowell (2,9), Rory McIlroy (2,5,6,8,9,13), Collin Morikawa (2), Sebastián Muñoz (2,13), Kevin Na (2,9,13), Joaquín Niemann (2), Ryan Palmer (2), J. T. Poston (2), Jon Rahm (2,9), Chez Reavie (2,9), Patrick Reed (2,4,7,9,13), Adam Scott (2,9), Webb Simpson (2,5,9,13), Cameron Smith (2,9), Nick Taylor (2), Justin Thomas (2,4,6,9,13), Brendon Todd (13), Matthew Wolff (2), Gary Woodland (2,4,9)

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

An Byeong-hun (9), Abraham Ancer (9), Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Ryan Armour, Aaron Baddeley, Keegan Bradley, Scott Brown, Sam Burns, Rafa Cabrera-Bello (9), Bud Cauley, Wyndham Clark, Joel Dahmen, Jason Day (4,5,9), Bryson DeChambeau (8,9), Matt Every, Tony Finau (9), Tommy Fleetwood (9), Rickie Fowler (5,9), Jim Furyk, Sergio García (4,9), Brice Garnett, Brian Gay, Lucas Glover, Talor Gooch, Branden Grace, Emiliano Grillo, Chesson Hadley, Adam Hadwin, Brian Harman, Russell Henley, Charley Hoffman, J. B. Holmes, Billy Horschel (9), Charles Howell III, Mackenzie Hughes, Dustin Johnson (4,9), Matt Jones, Kim Si-woo (5), Patton Kizzire, Russell Knox, Jason Kokrak, Matt Kuchar (9), Martin Laird, Danny Lee, Lee Kyoung-hoon, Luke List, Adam Long, Peter Malnati, Hideki Matsuyama (7,9,13), Denny McCarthy, Troy Merritt, Phil Mickelson (7), Keith Mitchell, Francesco Molinari (4,8,9), Ryan Moore, Louis Oosthuizen (9), Carlos Ortiz, Pat Perez, Scott Piercy, Ian Poulter, Andrew Putnam, Patrick Rodgers, Justin Rose (7,9), Sam Ryder, Rory Sabbatini, Xander Schauffele (6,7,9), Adam Schenk, Roger Sloan, Brandt Snedeker (9), J. J. Spaun, Jordan Spieth (4), Scott Stallings, Kyle Stanley, Henrik Stenson (4,9), Sepp Straka, Kevin Streelman, Chris Stroud, Brian Stuard, Vaughn Taylor, Michael Thompson, Cameron Tringale, Kevin Tway, Harold Varner III, Jhonattan Vegas, Nick Watney, Bubba Watson (7,9), Danny Willett (4,9), Aaron Wise

3. Top 125 (medical)

Daniel Berger, Bronson Burgoon

4. Major champions from the past five years

Zach Johnson, Jimmy Walker

5. Players Championship winners from the past five years
6. The Tour Championship winners from 2017 and 2018; FedEx Cup champion for 2018–19 season
7. World Golf Championship winners from the past three years
8. Memorial Tournament and Arnold Palmer Invitational winners from the past three years

Jason Dufner

9. Top 50 from the Official World Golf Ranking

Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Jazz Janewattananond, Victor Perez, Erik van Rooyen, Matt Wallace, Bernd Wiesberger

10. Senior Players champion from prior year

Retief Goosen

11. Korn Ferry Tour points leader from prior season

Scottie Scheffler (12)

12. Points leader during the Korn Ferry Tour Finals
13. Top 10 current year FedEx Cup points leaders
14. Remaining positions and alternates filled through current year FedEx Cup standings

Nationalities in the fieldEdit

North America (96) South America (4) Europe (23) Oceania (7) Asia (8) Africa (6)
  Canada (5)   Argentina (1)   England (8)   Australia (6)   Japan (1)   South Africa (6)
  Mexico (2)   Chile (1)   Northern Ireland (2)   New Zealand (1)   South Korea (5)
  United States (89)   Colombia (1)   Scotland (2)   Thailand (2)
  Venezuela (1)   Ireland (1)
  Austria (2)
  France (1)
  Italy (1)
  Norway (1)
  Slovakia (1)
  Spain (3)
  Sweden (1)

Past champions in the fieldEdit

Player Country Year won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Place
Kim Si-woo   South Korea 2017 65 65 −7
Webb Simpson   United States 2018 68 68 −4
Matt Kuchar   United States 2012 70 70 −2
Adam Scott   Australia 2004 70 70 −2
Sergio García   Spain 2008 71 71 −1
Rory McIlroy   Northern Ireland 2019 72 72 E
Henrik Stenson   Sweden 2009 74 74 +2
Phil Mickelson   United States 2007 75 75 +3
Rickie Fowler   United States 2015 76 76 +4
Jason Day   Australia 2016 76 76 +4

Round summariesEdit

"As the situation continued to escalate, and there seemed to be more unknowns, it ultimately became a matter of when, not if, we would need to call it a day"

Jay Monahan, PGA Tour commissioner.[3]

First roundEdit

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Hideki Matsuyama tied the course record with a score of 63 (−9).[4] Following the round, the PGA Tour canceled the remainder of the event due to the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic.

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Hideki Matsuyama   Japan 63 −9
T2 Christiaan Bezuidenhout   South Africa 65 −7
Harris English   United States
Kim Si-woo   South Korea
T5 Patrick Cantlay   United States 67 −5
Marc Leishman   Australia
T7 Daniel Berger   United States 68 −4
Rafa Cabrera-Bello   Spain
Cameron Champ   United States
Corey Conners   Canada
Jason Dufner   United States
Jim Herman   United States
Viktor Hovland   Norway
Nate Lashley   United States
Graeme McDowell   Northern Ireland
Keith Mitchell   United States
Collin Morikawa   United States
Rory Sabbatini   Slovakia
Scottie Scheffler   United States
Webb Simpson   United States
Michael Thompson   United States
  • Note: Four players only completed 17 holes, with the lowest scorer on 1 under par when play was cancelled.

Scorecard of Hideki Matsuyama

Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9 
Par 4 5 4 3 4 4 5 3 4 4 5 3 4 4 4 4 3 5
  Matsuyama −1 −2 −3 −4 −4 −4 −3 −3 −3 −3 −4 −4 −4 −5 −6 −7 −7 −9
Eagle Birdie Bogey Double bogey

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Wacker, Brian (March 12, 2020). "Players 2020: PGA Tour cancels Players Championship, next three tournament". Golf World. Retrieved March 12, 2020.
  2. ^ 2019–2020 Player Handbook & Tournament Regulations (PDF). PGA Tour. Retrieved November 2, 2019.
  3. ^ "Statement from PGA Tour commissioner". twitter. March 18, 2020.
  4. ^ Ferguson, Doug (March 12, 2020). "Coronavirus dominates talk as Hideki Matsuyama ties course record to lead". Golf.com. Retrieved March 12, 2020.

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