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Well this past weekend at The Players Championship was nothing less than, well, exciting!  The first day there were almost 50 balls in the water on the 17th hole, and on Sunday we saw Phil Mickelson the only one left standing and winning his fist Players Championship of his career.  Sean O’Hair took him down to the wire but the allusive 71st hole (hole 17) dropped him from 2nd to 12th!  That is what happens after making a 7 on a par 4 and cur plunking 2 balls in the drink.  You can watch some of the shots below…

This wasn’t and uncommon body language from Tiger this past weekend at The Players Championship…

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If you watch any of the coverage this weekend, you probably noticed that Tiger Woods was not shown at all.  That’s because Tiger made the cut on the number Friday afternoon and was in one of the first groups to tee off on the weekend.  Tiger finished the tournament even par 11 strokes back of Mickelson.  He did shoot a 67 on Sunday, but unfortunately it meant very little.  Tiger received a lot of heat for his poor play this past weekend, but honestly this proves that the man is human.  In his past 13 events he won 9 of them and he finally finished outside the top 5.  That is quite impressive, winning more events in one year that most players have in their career, give the man a break!

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The Players Championship is often considered to be the fifth major on the PGA Tour.  It is a tournament that every player wants to win and allows hosts strong fields that mimic the majors.  This year The Players has been pushed up back to May this year, previously in March, before the Masters.  Top names that have been somewhat lackluster are Ernie Els and Sergio Garcia.  These two have been expected to have break out seasons as with many others.  Els, of course, made his announcement at the beginning of the season to work his hardest to take over Tiger in three years; well it hasn’t been looking very good for him.  This coming weekend will be a great test for all players including defending champion someone who hasn’t made much noise yet this season on tour, defending champion Stephen Ames

 

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The following is a short video with some spectacular views of The Players Championship’s venue, The TPC at Sawgrass…

 

 

The grounds at the TPC at Sawgrass have changed considerable this past year.  The course still looks the same but they have added a new high tech irrigation system underneath the soil to create an overall better course, especially in the rain.  The club has been completely redone leaving players boggled as to where to go when they get there.  When I think of THE PLAYERS I think of a tournament that is played completely based on pride (as all should) leaving the money completely out of it.  Whether it is a major or not or if it ever will be, wouldn’t it just be awesome to win a tournament called, The Players?  I  would think so.

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