At the Players, only the strong survive: Why the stars are likely to shine this week


By Michael Bamberger

Here it comes, people. The new and improved Players Championship, concluding on Mother’s Day, as it has for 10 years now. (Before that, it was a staple of the March golf calendar, the end of the Florida Swing.) The list of May winners is a murderers’ row of talent and shows the course is open to golfing excellence in its various forms:

2007: Phil Mickelson. Drove it long and in play.

2008: Sergio Garcia. A clinic in distance control with the irons.

2009: Henrik Stenson. A preview of what we saw at the 2016 British Open. Such a relentless pounding on his way to the green, he didn’t have to do that much on it.

2010: Tim Clark. Guts and putting and long clubs into distant greens. A win that shows anybody can win on the course if he can control his ball.

2011: K.J. Choi. See: Mickelson, Phil, 2007.

2012: Matt Kuchar. Much like Clark in 2010. Wedged it like a madman.


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