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The Players Championship is held annually at the famous TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Verde Beach, Florida and is often considered the “fifth major” for its difficulty, large prize purse and prestige. The 2018 edition is being held May 10-13 and looks to be as competitive as ever. The field consists of 144 players with the first spots going to all PGA Tour event winners since the 2017 Players Championship. The field is then rounded out by recent majors and WGC winners, past Players Championship winners, and the top 125 golfers from last season’s FedEx Cup points list. Last year’s Senior Players champion and the developmental Web.com Tour money leader are also invited, making sure the Players Championship is filled with tournament winners.
The Players Championship is held on TPC Sawgrass’ Stadium course, a Pete and Alice Dye designed classic known for its difficulty. The course features numerous hazards and looks to punish errant shots.The Stadium course is best known for the island green on the par-3 17th hole. The hole is easily reachable by even non-pros, but it is the complete pass/fail nature of the hole that make it so captivating. Either the ball is on the green ready for a birdie putt or the ball’s in the water. While the 17th hole has more fame, the closing hole is equally beautiful and challenging as golfers avoid water that borders the entire left side of this dogleg left. Many golfers’ have seen their hopes sink into the waters of the 18th hole. For fans, the course features grass mounds for spectators to sit on for a more natural approach to stadium course design.
Fans looking to see the action in person have multiple ticket options available to them. Daily stadium passes start at $20 for practice rounds up to $70 for the championship round. A weekly stadium pass costs $225 and gives you access to the grounds from Tuesday to Sunday. There are also hospitality packages with exclusive climate controlled environments like the Hillside Suite for $250 and includes a brunch buffet, bar service and a private patio overlooking the closing holes. Children under 18 and active and retired military vets can enjoy complimentary day passes, parking not included. All spectators will have a variety of local food and beverages available to them as they walk the course. The McKenzie Noelle Wilson Foundation Kid Zone will also be open for children to enjoy while their parents enjoy a break in the shade.
For those who can’t see the action of the Players Championship in person, there are plenty other options for enjoying the tournament. Coverage of all four rounds is available through the Golf Channel and NBC. The first two rounds are available on the Golf Channel from 1-7pm ET on Thursday and Friday. The third and fourth rounds are covered by Saturday and Sunday 2-7pm ET on NBC. Radio coverage is provided by PGA Tour Radio online on PGATour.com and on SiriusXM satellite radio.