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A quick guide to everything you need to know about THE PLAYERS 2018
Say “Cheese!” “Commit!” ICYMI: Patrick Reed, Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth have committed to THE PLAYERS 2018, fresh off their 1-2-3 finish at the Masters. How about that for a podium? #ReedWhiteandBlue 1. Patrick Reed earned his first major championship title and sixth PGA TOUR victory at the Masters and then spent the next 48 hours on a whirlwind media tour in NYC. From the looks of it, he didn’t do a whole lot of sleeping in the concrete jungle. Reed will be making his fifth appearance at THE PLAYERS, where he has missed two cuts and two top-25 finishes. Should he win this year, he would join Tiger Woods as the only two players to win a major, a World Golf Championships and THE PLAYERS before turning 28. Will he silence THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass once and for all? #shhhhhhh 2. THE PLAYERS 2015 champion Rickie Fowler delivered one of the most jaw-droppingly amazing victories in the history of this event. He began the final round three strokes off the lead and finished birdie-par-birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie to post a 6-under 66 and grab the clubhouse lead. Fowler then defeated THE PLAYERS 2008 champ Sergio Garcia and Kevin Kisner in a playoff, sticking his final approach shot on the 17th to 4 feet, 8 inches and making birdie for the hard-fought victory. “I’d say this is a big one,” Fowler said after his win. We agree, Rick. 3. 11-time TOUR winner and 2015 FedExCup champion Jordan Spieth fired an incredible 8-under 64 on Sunday to post his fourth top-five finish in five starts at the Masters. Spieth is still in search of his first victory in the 2017-18 season after three victories last season. Despite missing the cut in his past three starts at THE PLAYERS, he finished T4 in his first start here in 2014. #glasshalffull
Prior to their 4-1 upset over Mexico at Everbank Field last Thursday, two members of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team—2-time Olympic gold medalist and two-time FIFA Player of the Year Carli Lloyd and goalkeeper Jane Campbell—paid a visit to THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass to challenge former Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee and current European Tour player and Jacksonville resident Julian Suri to a closest-to-the-pin contest at the island green 17th and then play an epic hole of footgolf.
Are these girls better than most or what? Carli hit the island green on her final attempt, and we think that good karma may have contributed to her joining the 100 Goal Club on April 8, as she became just the sixth U.S. Women’s National Team player to achieve this feat. This deserves much more than a golf clap!!
All breaks on the putting greens point to The PGA TOUR Fan Shop at Nicklaus Gate! The Fan Shop has been redesigned and expanded to over 21,000 sq. ft. and includes new product lines and exclusive gear, including specialty t-shirts and custom logoed headwear. To be exact, The PGA TOUR Fan Shop will feature (among others):
· Over 6,000 t-shirts for men, women and children. · Over 25,000 hats, from classic caps to the latest fashion straw hats. · Gifts, accessories and souvenirs, including autograph merchandise, custom TPC Sawgrass Splash Glasses, an expanded barware selection and phone cases. · Expanded apparel options from Travis Mathew, johnnie O and Peter Millar.
NEW in 2018, THE PLAYERS has collaborated with Jacksonville-based outdoor apparel and accessories brand Flomotion on merchandise and apparel designs that are fresh, colorful and appeal to a younger audience. The designs are inspired by the Florida lifestyle and embody the idea that good times can be found in the salt, the fresh, and everywhere in between. A limited-edition collection will only be available for purchase at THE PLAYERS. Pretty #fresh, right?
40 years ago, none of this week’s three commitments to THE PLAYERS were even born. In fact, the oldest of them, Rickie Fowler, was -11. But in 1978, a 38-year-old Jack Nicklaus, was busy setting records, taking names and blazing a trail for these youngsters.
Cold, windy weather battered the competitors at Sawgrass Country Club (which hosted THE PLAYERS from 1977-1981), but Jack Nicklaus didn’t give up the fight, posting a final-round 75 to win by one stroke and claim his third title in five years at THE PLAYERS. To this day, Nicklaus remains the only three-time winner in tournament history and has our vote for #bestgrandpa award.
And even more so when it supports a great cause. THE PLAYERS is proud to work with and support The DONNA Foundation, a private, non-profit organization in Northeast Florida that produces the only marathon in the United States dedicated solely to raising funds to end breast cancer. Sunday, May 13, is PINK OUT Day at THE PLAYERS, and fans are encouraged to wear pink in celebration of Mother’s Day and in support of The DONNA Foundation.
In addition, THE PLAYERS continues to work with The DONNA Foundation, hosting THE PLAYERS DONNA 5K on Saturday, May 5 to kick-off tournament week as runners and walkers of all levels enjoy a 5K route through the back nine of THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. The field is 85% full, so sign up ASAP!
The race, which has raised nearly $400,000 for The DONNA Foundation, begins at 8 a.m. Not only will participants receive a Championship Sunday ticket to THE PLAYERS, but they’ll also get a free t-shirt, free views of the back nine and—of course—will leave with that feeling of being a part of something so much bigger than themselves.
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