Since its start in 1974, with Jack Nicklaus’ historic victory over J.C. Snead, THE PLAYERS Championship has been one of the PGA TOUR’s most coveted titles. After winning the inaugural event, Nicklaus would go on to win the title every other year until 1978. Nicklaus remains the only three-time winner of THE PLAYERS.
Originally known as the Tournament Players Championship, it began in 1974. The Players Championship currently offers the highest prize fund of any tournament in golf ($15 million in 2020), overtaking the U.S. Open which offers a $12.5 million purse. The field usually includes the top 50 players in the world rankings, but unlike the major championships and World Golf Championships events, it is owned by the PGA Tour and not an official event on other tours.
The Players is not considered a major, although it has a high class field, prestige, a famous host course in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida (the TPC at Sawgrass Stadium Course at which the tournament has been played since 1982, home of the iconic par-3 No. 17 “Island Green”), and its large purse.