The Players Championship, played at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. since 1982, is often referred to as the "Fifth Major." An invitation-only event opened to just the top 50 golfers in the world rankings, it is one of the PGA Tour's elite events. Take a look at some of the records in the tournament's history.
The Players Championship history
The first of Jack Nicklaus' three wins at The Players Championship came in 1974, the tournament's inaugural year. With his subsequent titles in 1976 and 1978, Nicklaus became the first multiple-winner at the event. He still has more victories at The Players Championship than any other golfer.
Winning his second title at The Players Championship in 2003, Davis Love III joined an elite group of golfers with more than one win at the event. Fred Couples (1984, 1996), Hal Sutton (1983, 2000), Steve Elkington (1991, 1997) and Jack Nicklaus (1974, 1976, 1978) all earned multiple trophies at the "Fifth Major."
Most second-place finishes
Tom Lehman twice has finished as the runner-up at TPC Sawgrass (in 1998 and 2005), but he's never been able to capture the championship. Padraig Harrington (2003, 2004), Bernhard Langer (1993, 1995), Fuzzy Zoeller (1991, 1994), Tom Watson (1979, 1992) and J.C. Snead 91974, 1976) have also earned two second-place finishes, and none of them have ever broken through into first either.
Biggest come-from-behind win
He retired from competitive golf in 2010, but in 1981 when he was a member of the PGA Tour Raymond Floyd staged the biggest comeback win in The Players Championship history. He trailed by six strokes in the final round before launching a successful rally to earn the win. Shooting a bogey-free 68, Floyd triumphed on the first sudden death hole.
When he sunk his final putt in 2000, Hal Sutton joined Steve Elkington (1997), Greg Norman (1994) and Al Geiberger (1975) as the only golfers to lead from start-to-finish at The Players Championship.
Widest margin of victory
In 1997, Steve Elkington topped runner-up Scott Hoch by seven strokes to win The Players Championship. It is still the most dominant victory in the event's history.
Earning the trophy at The Players Championship in 2005 at the age of 48 years, 9 months and 14 days, Fred Funk has the distinction of being the tournament's oldest winner. The following season he turned 50 and became eligible for Champions Tour events.
Birdie on 18 to win
In order to claim his first title at The Players Championship in 1991, Steve Elkington needed a clutch performance at the very end of his final round. He sunk a birdie putt on the 18th hole to take first place at the tournament.
Low 18-hole score
Fred Couples (pictured) and Greg Norman share the record for the lowest 18-hole score at TPC Sawgrass with 9-under 63s. In his third round in 1992, Couples shot a 30 on the front nine, including an eagle on the ninth hole, and a 33 on the back nine, but his performance wasn't enough to help him break into the top 10 -- Couples finished tied for 13th. In 1994, Norman shot a 33 on the front nine and 30 on the back nine. His bogey-free first-round performance gave him a lead he never relinquished, as he won the event that year.
Low 72-hole score
His record 9-under 63 in the first round coupled with three straight 5-under 67s in the subsequent rounds gave Greg Norman more than just his first and only title at The Players Championship; he also set a record for the lowest 72-hole score. Norman won with a 24-under 264.
High winning score
Shooting rounds of 70, 71, 73 and 75 in The Players Championship in 1978, Jack Nicklaus finished the tournament with a 1-over 289. Fortunately for him, it was still the lowest score, and he won the title. Along with Mark Hayes, who shot a 289 to win the previous year, Nicklaus holds the record for highest total score by a winner.
Low final-round score
In 2003, Davis Love III shot an 8-under 64 in the final round to take home the trophy at The Players Championship. He and Fred Couples -- who shot a final-round 64 in 1996 to win -- have the lowest final-round scores by tournament champions.
High finish by a winner
Jack Nicklaus' final-round 75 in 1978 didn't prevent him from taking home the trophy, but it did make him the only champion to record a final-round score as high as that.
High start by a winner
Hal Sutton shot a 73 to start the 1983 tournament at TPC Sawgrass, but he climbed out of the early deficit and went on to win the event. His start is the highest first-round score ever recorded by an eventual winner.
There have been 28 holes-in-one in the history of The Players Championship, 24 of which have come at TPC Sawgrass, the current host of the tournament. Just one golfer has shot two aces at the event, however. Fred Couples accomplished the feat both in 1997 on the 17th hole of the final round and in 2006 on the 13th hole of the final round.
In 2007, two golfers achieved something that had never previously been accomplished at The Players Championship: they shot double eagles. Hunter Mahan shot his double eagle on the 11th hole of the second round, finding the hole from 227 yards out. Peter Lonard (pictured) earned his double eagle on the second hole of the third round, driving the ball from 229 yards away.
Most eagles in a tournament
Justin Leonard shot three eagles at The Players Championship in 2000, but his entire performance wasn't as strong as those three shots. He shot a 71-76-69-74 and finished tied for 22nd.
Most birdies in a tournament
With 26 birdies in 1994 at The Players Championship, Fuzzy Zoeller holds the record for most birdies in a single tournament. Even with that impressive effort, however, he still finished four strokes behind Greg Norman, who won the title that year.
Four rounds in the 60s
Just six golfers have shot all four rounds in the 60s at The Players Championship, and just three of those golfers have claimed victories that year. J.C. Snead (1976), Fuzzy Zoeller (1994) and Jeff Maggert (1994) are still without tournament trophies, while Al Geiberger (1975), Greg Norman (1994) and most recently Steve Elkington (1997, pictured) rode their low rounds to victory.
Even though he does not have a win at The Players Championship, Ben Crenshaw is in the tournament's record books. Along with Tom Kite and Jay Haas, Ben Crenshaw has made more starts than any other golfer. The three each have 28 starts at the event.
Oldest player to make the cut
Arnold Palmer made the cut at The Players Championship in 1985 at the age of 55 years, 172 days, but he's not the oldest player to make the cut at the event. That distinction goes to Julius Boros (pictured), who was two days older when he made the cut in 1975.
Youngest player to make the cut
At the age of 20 years and 334 days, Bobby Clampett made the cut at The Players Championship in 1981.
Most cuts made
In his 28 starts in The Players Championship history, Tom Kite made 23 cuts. That's more than any other golfer in history at the event.
Longest consecutive cuts-made streak
From 1992-2006 (with the exception of 1996, in which he didn't play in the event), Brad Faxon made 14 straight cuts at The Players Championship.