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The Players

Golf's Biggest Toss-up

Why the Players is the game's most unpredictable event

May 2013
David Toms: Players Championship

Trying to predict golf on the highest level these days? Good luck. Players go straight from winning into month-long slumps and others can appear completely lost for years before unexpectedly returning to the winner's circle without any warning (Ben Curtis, anyone?). But of all the game's events, the Players, despite its importance and being held at the PGA Tour's headquarters every year, seems to produce the most varying results. We break down the capricious nature of golf's "fifth major" at TPC Sawgrass.

The Players Championship: TPC Sawgrass: Tiger Woods

Tiger Usually Struggles

There's something to be said for a tournament where one of the game's most consistent players is so inconsistent. More than any other track he plays regularly, TPC Sawgrass has befuddled the 14-time major winner. Since his lone win there in 2001, Woods has just one top 10, an eighth-place finish in 2009. His four top 10s in 15 tries may be "better than most," but that's usually the rate at which he wins a tournament.
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