Having tackled Augusta, world golf’s elite now face the prospect of combatting the eye-catching TPC at Sawgrass for the sport’s unofficial fifth major – The Players Championship.
A record prize purse awaits the winner of this year’s tournament where Matt Kuchar returns as the defending champion. Sky Sports will show all four days of the competition exclusively live (May 9-12).
Come Sunday the triumphant golfer’s wallet will be filled with $1.7m, a sum greater than that received for winning a major competition, plus they’ll also earn a equally cherished three-year invitation to the Masters at Augusta.
The tournament is famed for its daunting 17th hole, nicknamed the Island Green, which is considered by many to be the toughest par-three in the world.
Standing at the tee, players are tasked with hitting a green completely isolated by water.
In 2005, former PGA Championship winner Bob Tway sent four consecutive balls into the lake, eventually carding 12 for the hole.
The 17th plays a small but significant role in the TPC Sawgrass story. Situated in Jacksonville, Florida, it is one of the most visually stunning courses on the PGA Tour.
At last year’s event, Matt Kuchar lifted his fourth tour title after finishing two shots clear of Martin Laird, Zach Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Ben Curtis.
It was his first triumph at a tour event in almost two years.
The American struck the ball consistently well throughout the competition, carding under-par rounds on all four days.
Trailing Kevin Na by one shot heading into the final day, the 34-year-old bogeyed his first hole, but fought back to land one of the biggest victories of his career to date.
Kuchar will return in 2013 looking to become the first player to successfully retain the title.
Should he achieve that feat, he would also join an elite class of multiple winners including 2012 US Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III and 18-time Major champion Jack Nicklaus, who claimed the first of his three triumphs at the inaugural event in 1974.
The fact that the Players Championship carries the unofficial title of being a fifth major highlights how important the competition is to the sport’s elite.
They will all be arriving in Florida determined to tame the testing course and pocket a hefty prize.
Can Masters king Adam Scott add a second Players Championship title to the one he captured in 2004?
Can a back-in-form Tiger Woods grab his first Sawgrass silverware since 2001?
Or will the European players such as Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia or Justin Rose come to the fore?
Sky Sports will broadcast the full story of the 2013 Players Championship as it unfolds.
David Livingstone presents live from the course alongside Butch Harmon.
Ewen Murray and Rob Lee will lead the commentary team, with special guest Paul McGinley, the 2014 European Ryder Cup captain, joining the Sky team for the tournament, while Howard Clark provides on-course reports.
Further reports and interviews with the big name players will come from Sarah Stirk.
There is also live updates and opinion from the course courtesy of @SkySportsGolf on Twitter.
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