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Steve Elkington won THE PLAYERS Championship in 1997
Returning to the scene of his most famous victory up until that point, THE PLAYERS Championship of 1991, Australian Steve Elkington blew the field away in a dominant wire-to-wire masterclass to claim THE PLAYERS Championship in 1997.
Despite strong winds all week, and the first field in history that contained all of the top-50 players in the world, Elkington’s irons oozed precision all week.
Beginning the final round with a two-shot lead over Scott Hoch, Elkington stamped his authority all over TPC Sawgrass on Sunday, despite it playing the most difficult it had all week. Kicking off with seven consecutive pars, he did what needed to be done, mistake-free golf.
Shooting in the 60’s for all four rounds (66-69-68-69) and finishing off as he had played all week, Steve Elkington produced a masterful chip on 18 for birdie, one of only seven birdies on that hole on the final day.
Closing with a 69 for a 16-under-par 272, Elkington set a new tournament record of a seven-stroke victory over Scott Hoch.
“I basically blew away the best field we've ever had,” said Elkington. “And I did it in good fashion.”
Steve Elkington captures THE PLAYERS 1997 victory with a chip-in shot on No. 18
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