The Players Championship winners
2014: Martin Kaymer
Kaymer started off the tournament shooting a 29 on the front nine and a 63 for the first round, both course records. He never looked back, and won the Players after finishing 13-under. Kaymer became the fourth European and first German to win the Players Championship.
2013: Tiger Woods
Tiger continued his red-hot 2013 season by capturing his second Players Championship. Winning four of his first seven starts, Woods was named PGA Player of the Year for a record eleventh time.
2012: Matt Kuchar
After a career year in 2010 leading the PGA Tour money list, Kuchar pulled off the biggest win of his career at 2012 Players. Finishing at 13-under, the win pushed Kuchar to a career high number-five world ranking.
2011: K.J. Choi
When David Toms missed a 3-foot par putt on the first hole of a sudden death playoff for The Players, the door opened for KJ Choi. He stepped right through it to win with a par on the first playoff hole.
Choi is the first player from Asia to win The Players. He is also the fourth consecutive foreign-born winner of the championship.
2010: Tim Clark
A third-round 66 helped Tim Clark jump up the leaderboard to trail by just three strokes heading into the final round of the 2010 tournament. His bogey-free final-round score of 67 gave him the clubhouse lead, and with the leaders struggling Clark ultimately captured his first career PGA Tour victory in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
2009: Henrik Stenson
The only golfer to shoot a bogey-free final round, Henrik Stenson overcame a five-stroke deficit at the beginning of the day to capture a four-shot victory at TPC Sawgrass in 2009. Stenson's 6-under 66 on Sunday left him with a 12-under 276 for the tournament and gave him his first PGA Tour title in over two years and his first ever in stroke play.
2008: Sergio Garcia
Even though Sergio Garcia's putting was less than impressive at The Players Championship in 2008 -- he was ranked last in putting after three rounds -- his driving kept him in the tournament. After trailing by two at the turn, Garcia rallied on the back nine with three birdies and just one bogey. Tied with Paul Goydos after 72 holes, Garcia outlasted his competitor with a perfect tee shot on the first playoff hole. It marked the biggest win so far in Garcia's PGA Tour career.
2007: Phil Mickelson
Overcoming the one-shot deficit he had coming into the final round, Phil Mickelson won The Players Championship in 2007. Mickelson was tied for first after the first round but only reclaimed that advantage on the final day. Even with a bogey on the 72nd hole, Mickelson finished with an 11-under 277, including a final-round 69. The win came just weeks after he switched swing coaches and teamed up with Butch Harmon.
2006: Stephen Ames
Equaling the record for the largest victory ever at the tournament, Stephen Ames blew away the field in 2006. The key round en route to his six-stroke win was the second, where Ames shot a 66. The 16th was his best, as he had two birdies and two eagles on the hole. Ames finished with a 14-under 274, becoming the second oldest golfer to win The Players Championship.
2005: Fred Funk
Becoming the oldest champion in tournament history by nearly seven years, Fred Funk edged out three golfers by one stroke. Of his eight career PGA Tour victories, capturing the tour's unofficial fifth major marked his biggest win. Both the third and fourth rounds were played on Monday because of severe weather on the weekend. It was worth the wait for Funk, who began the final round with a four-stroke deficit but earned the victory at 9-under.
2004: Adam Scott
Adam Scott nearly squandered his Players Championship lead on the final day, running into trouble and dropping his ball into the water on the 72nd hole. But he salvaged a bogey to avoid a playoff and win the title. Scott finished with a 12-under 276. At 23 years old, Scott became the youngest champion in tournament history.
2003: Davis Love III
With six birdies and one eagle contributing to a final-round 64 in 2003, Davis Love III surged to a six-stroke victory at The Players Championship. He had faced a two-shot deficit heading into the round, but five straight birdies on the 8th-12th holes moved him into a lead he would never relinquish. It was Love's second victory at the tournament.
2002: Craig Perks
The lone PGA Tour victory of Craig Perks' career came at The Players Championship in 2002. He needed a dramatic eagle-birdie-par finish to take the title, shooting a final-round 72 and an 8-under 280 overall to win by two strokes.
2001: Tiger Woods
After struggling with his putting, Tiger Woods was six strokes back after two rounds in 2001. His third-round 66 put him back in the picture, however, and he clinched the victory with a final-round 67. In the final round, he started with a birdie and eagle en route to a one-stroke victory. It was Woods' second tournament win in as many weeks.
2000: Hal Sutton
Few golfers can claim to bear Tiger Woods when playing with him in the final pairing, but Hal Sutton is one. Sutton shot a final-round 1-under 71 to complete a wire-to-wire victory in 2000. He finished with a 10-under 278, winning for the second time at the tournament.
1999: David Duval
Despite shooting a 3-under 285, David Duval finished atop the leaderboard at The Players Championship in 1999. It was the highest winning score since the tournament moved to TPC Sawgrass in 1982. His two-stroke victory helped him unseat Tiger Woods atop the world rankings.
1998: Justin Leonard
In 1998, Justin Leonard shot a 5-under 67 to rally from five strokes down and win The Players Championship title. He took the lead with a birdie on the 13th hole and ultimately earned a two-stroke victory. His comeback was the second-best comeback ever at the tournament.
1997: Steve Elkington
A wire-to-wire victor in 1997, Steve Elkington claimed his second title at the tournament. Shooting each round in the 60s -- a 66, 69, 68 and 69 -- he finished with a 72-hole total of 16-under 272 and a tournament-record seven-stroke victory. His putter was a major factor in his win, as he averaged 1.458 putts per hole.
1996: Fred Couples
Four strokes back heading into the final round in 1996, Fred Couples stormed to the front of the pack with a 64. He took the lead with an eagle on the par-5 16th hole then secured his victory with a birdie at 17. Couples ultimately won by four shots with an 18-under 270, winning the tournament for the second time.
1995: Lee Janzen
All Corey Pavin and Bernhard Langer had to do to win The Players Championship in 1995 was shoot a final-round 71. When they turned in rounds of 74 and 73, respectively, instead, it was Lee Janzen's 71 that gave him the one-stroke victory. Janzen had started the final round one shot back. Janzen's winning score of 5-under 283 was 19 strokes worse than the previous year's winning score, a testament to all of the changes made by course officials to increase the difficulty.
1994: Greg Norman
Shooting a record-tying 63 and three 67s, Greg Norman cruised to a four-stroke victory in 1994. His 24-under 264 set a new tournament record, six strokes better than any previous winner. Norman was masterful in the tournament, going 66 straight holes without a bogey.
1993: Nick Price
A final-round 67 helped Nick Price secure his wire-to-wire victory in 1995, leaving him five strokes better than his closest opponent. Price hit 61 of 72 greens in regulation and finished with an 18-under 270.
1992: Davis Love III
Beginning the final round three strokes out of the lead, Davis Love III adopted an aggressive strategy, and it paid off. He shot the lowest round of the day, a 5-under 67, to finish with a 15-under 273 and four-shot win. His go-ahead shot came at the 8th when he holed a 30-yard chip for a birdie.
1991: Steve Elkington
A three-putt bogey on the 17th hole didn't keep Steve Elkington from winning The Players Championship in 1991, as he rebounded with a birdie on the very next hole to claim a one-stroke victory. Elkington remains the only champion in tournament history to clinch his win with a birdie on the 72nd hole.
1990: Jodie Mudd
In a tournament that faced criticism both because of the shoddy greens and because only one member of the three-time winning European Ryder Cup team was in attendance, Jodie Mudd emerged victorious. The three-stroke lead Mudd had heading into the back nine was whittled to just one, but Mudd secured victory with a "fluke" birdie on the 71st hole. He finished with a 10-under 278.
1989: Tom Kite
Holding off a stiff challenge from third-round leader Chip Beck, Tom Kite calmly drained a par putt on the 72nd hole to earn a one-stroke victory at The Players Championship in 1989. He finished with a 9-under 279 to earn a win for the second straight week and move into the top spot on the year's money list.
1988: Mark McCumber
With his home just three miles away, Mark McCumber was extremely familiar with the TPC course in 1988. He took advantage of that comfort, cruising to a four-stroke victory with a 15-under 273. When he spotted a sign on the 72nd hole that said "Jacksonville's Winner," he burst into tears but recovered enough to sink his final putt.
1987: Sandy Lyle
After forcing extra holes with a birdie on the 72nd hole, Sandy Lyle sank a 7-foot putt on the third hole of the sudden-death playoff to win the Tournament Players Championship in 1987. Lyle had trailed by two shots after three rounds, but his final-round 2-under 70 was enough to lift him into first.
1986: John Mahaffey
Five shots up with 12 holes to go, Larry Mize looked like he had the title in the bag in 1986. But his late errors combined with John Mahaffey's steady play, and Mahaffey earned a one-shot victory with a 13-under 275. Mize missed a three-foot putt on the 72nd hole to hand Mahaffey the win.
1985: Calvin Peete
Consecutive birdies on the 12th, 13th and 14th holes and a birdie on the 17th hole helped Calvin Peete shoot a score of 6-under 66 in the final round and win the Tournament Players Championship by three strokes. He finished with a 14-under 274, setting a new tournament record.
1984: Fred Couples
Just 24 years old, Fred Couples played like a veteran at the Tournament Players Championship. Buoyed by a second-round 64, Couples had the luxury of three-putting the 72nd hole and still earning a one-stroke victory over Lee Trevino. Until his win in 1984, Couples had never shot a score better than 79 on the course.
1983: Hal Sutton
Birdies on two of the final three holes in 1983 helped Hal Sutton escape with a one-stroke Tournament Players Championship victory. On the final day, nine players either led or shared the lead at one point. Sutton shot a 72-hole score of 5-under 283 on a tough course that prompted some leading PGA Tour players to sign a petition demanding that changes be made.
1982: Jerry Pate
In the first year the tournament was played at THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass, Jerry Pate earned a two-stroke victory. He clinched the victory with a final-round 67 to finish with an 8-under 280 for the tournament. During the awards ceremony, Pate threw course architect Pete Dye and PGA Tour commissioner Deane Beman into the lake, then jumped in after them.
1981: Raymond Floyd
With three players tied at 3 under after 72 holes, the Tournament Players Championship went into a playoff for the first time ever. Sinking a par putt on the first playoff hole in 1981, Raymond Floyd earned the win. He needed a final-round 68 to surge up the leaderboard after starting the day six strokes back. It was the second straight tournament Floyd won that season.
1980: Lee Trevino
With a number of golf legends, including Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Tom Watson and Seve Ballesteros, right on his heels, Lee Trevino managed to hold on to the top spot at the Tournament Players Championship in 1980. He gave himself some breathing room with a 12-foot birdie putt on the 15th hole to go up two strokes with three holes remaining. He finished with a 10-under 278 for a one-stroke victory.
1979: Lanny Wadkins
Becoming the first golfer ever to finish under par at the tricky Sawgrass course, Lanny Wadkins took the title in 1979. His final 5-under 283 total was even more impressive considering he had to battle winds in excess of 45 miles per hour. Second-place finisher Tom Watson was five strokes back with an even par 288.
1978: Jack Nicklaus
Earning his third title at the Tournament Players Championship, Jack Nicklaus edged out Lou Graham by one stroke. After shooting rounds of 70, 71 and 73 the first three days, he struggled on the final day and shot a birdie-free 75. Fortunately for Nicklaus no golfer was able to mount a charge up the leaderboard to challenge him.
1977: Mark Hayes
With winds brutalizing the field in the second round, a day dubbed "Black Friday," the 1977 tournament featured a cut of 11 over. Mark Hayes was just 2 over at the time, and he finished the tournament in first place with a 1-over 289. Hayes clinched his victory with a 10-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to move him two strokes ahead of runner-up Mike McCullough.
1976: Jack Nicklaus
With Jack Nicklaus and J.C. Snead tied atop the leaderboard after 54 holes, they started the final round together. While Snead shot an impressive 4-under 68, he was no match for Nicklaus, who shot a 65 to move to 19 under for the tournament.
1975: Al Geiberger
Prevailing despite oppressively hot temperatures in 1975, Al Geiberger finished with a 10-under 270 to take the Tournament Players Championship title. He led from start to finish en route to claiming a three-stroke victory.
1974: Jack Nicklaus
It's only fitting that the golfer who has more wins at the tournament than anyone else won the inaugural title. With a 72-hole score of 16-under 272, Jack Nicklaus finished two strokes better than J.C. Snead. The $50,000 he received was Nicklaus' largest winner's check up to that point in his career.