The 2022 PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass starts on Thursday, March 10, 2022, and ends on March 13, 2022. Custom PGA Golf Office pools for the PLAYERS Championship are now available for setup since the field is mostly finalized.
THE PLAYERS Championship, from TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Showcasing the strongest tournament field of any TOUR event of the season, PGA TOUR LIVE will have up to 21 feeds covering every shot of every group on every hole during each morning of the tournament, in addition to the Main Feed and Featured Groups, Featured Holes and Marquee Group streams each day. Pre-tournament coverage begins Tuesday, March 8, at 2 p.m. ET.
Throughout all four days of the tournament, fans watching on PGA TOUR LIVE on ESPN+ will be able to witness every shot played on the par-3 No. 17 at TPC Sawgrass, one of the most iconic holes in golf, designed to strike fear in every player and create plenty of late-round drama for all fans. The Featured Holes coverage will also showcase the par-3 No. 3, the drivable par-4 12th, and the par-5 16th.
Marquee and Featured Groups on PGA TOUR LIVE on Thursday and Friday include all of the top 10 ranked players in the world, 10 major champions, four former PLAYERS champions, five of the top 10 players in the FedExCup standings, and more.
The Players Championship details
- Venue: TPC Sawgrass (Stadium Course), Florida
- Date: March 10-13, 2021
- Course stats: Par 72; 7,189 yards
- Course summary: The challenges come thick and fast on every hole, with water in play on all but one – and that’s before you factor in the wind, the heavy bunkering, and the requirement to shape shots in both directions. The greens at Sawgrass are relatively small, and often very fast, increasing the importance of accurate approach play.
How did we get on when we played TPC Sawgrass?
- Purse: $20 million
- Defending champion: Justin Thomas (-14)
The Players Championship 2022 Correlating Courses
There are some obvious correlating courses here. One of Pete Dye’s other courses, Harbour Town, which hosts the RBC Heritage is one of the first that springs to mind. Narrow tree-lined corridors and Bermuda greens. Jim Furyk a two-time winner at Harbour Town has finished runner-up here at Sawgrass twice and Kevin Kisner has finished runner-up at both events.
Another Pete Dye design, in TPC River Highlands, home of the Travelers Championship can offer more clues. Both courses rate similar difficulty in terms of finding fairways and greens, and though it’s significantly harder getting it up and down around TPC Sawgrass, TPC River Highlands does indeed ask questions in this regard too. Plenty of crossover form here, with Webb Simpson, Kevin Kisner, Brian Harman, and Kevin Streelman all possessing form at the two courses, amongst many more.
Amongst the others to have formed at the two events are Xander Schauffele, who’s not only won the HSBC but was runner-up there in 2019 behind Rory and has finished 2nd here at Sawgrass. Whilst other past champions at Sheshan, such as Justin Rose and Hideki Matsuyama both have multiple top 10s at TPC Sawgrass.
Finally, I liked El Camaleon, home of the Mayakoba Classic. It’s similar to Sawgrass in the sense it’s seen both short, steady types and more explosive, lengthier ball-strikers go well. Both courses rank incredibly similar in terms of GIR and fairways found. Matt Kuchar has won both events, whilst Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler, Jhonny Vegas, and Siwoo Kim are amongst a bunch of players who go well at both venues.
The Players Championship Golf 2022 Weather
Unfortunately, there’s the prospect of a stormy and wet week at TPC Sawgrass. It’s currently forecast to rain from Tuesday to Saturday in Ponte Vedra Beach, with strong winds arriving over the weekend. Hopefully, the more severe part of that forecast doesn’t transpire and we get an un-delayed week, though it looks highly likely the course will be at the very least softened due to the rain that is forecast to arrive.
The Players Championship Golf Field
Very little to say about this field. It’s one of the strongest we get all year, with 47 of the world’s top 50 set to tee it up. Reduced by one owing to Bryson DeChambeau’s withdrawal.
I’m delighted to see Ryan Brehm get a start here, a week after winning the Puerto Rico Open for us. What a week it’s been for him as he’s gone from being one losing week away from losing his tour card, to getting a start on the tour’s flagship event the following week.
The Players Championship 2022 Golf Selections
Finally, we get to a week where Jon Rahm is no longer a single-digit favorite! He shares joint honors here with Justin Thomas and Collin Morikawa at 14/1.
It’s a tricky event to unpick, as we have the type of value here that we rarely see elsewhere. I looked long and hard at those at the top. Rahm was under much more consideration this week but something just seems off with him. Ball-striking is good but the short game has been poor and if the worst of the weather arrives I can see him getting frustrated.
Collin Morikawa and Justin Thomas were of much more appeal to that trio, Morikawa in particular. He’s the best ball-striker on tour right now and I think on a week where the weather was guaranteed to not play a huge part, I’d have been very keen but with the potential for all kinds of chaos this week I’ve avoided the very top of the market, instead, I start with Florida’s own, Daniel Berger.