Tuesday At The Players Championship

Tuesday Was Just the Beginning As Players Settled Into TPC Sawagrass

It was 72 degrees on the TPC Sawgrass course as we got there on Tuesday Morning. The dew on the ground and the smell of smoke from the fire’s burning around the state of Florida, thick in the air. But this was THE PLAYERS Championship, and the show was just beginning.

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THE PLAYERS Championship annually combines the best field in golf with the world-class venue that is THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. Morgan Stanley, PwC and Optum are the exclusive Proud Partners of THE PLAYERS. Proceeds from THE PLAYERS benefit Northeast Florida charities and have totaled more than $84 million since the event moved to Ponte Vedra Beach in 1977, including a record $8.5 million generated in 2016. In April 2011, THE PLAYERS announced a new charitable focus, committing to generate $50 million for youth-related charities over 10 years. For more on THE PLAYERS and the surrounding area, visit THEPLAYERSChampionship or floridashistoriccoast.com.

Notable things overheard on Tuesday

On THE PLAYERS Championship and the renovated TPC Sawgrass

Brandel Chamblee – “I don’t think there is anybody that looks at this golf course and thinks, yes, this is a perfect match. This golf course has done more for sports psychology than any other golf course I can think of. It gets in players’ heads.”

David Duval – “For the players to come to this championship and this venue, its redo and see it like this, everybody is excited to be out here.”

 

On the new long-term FedExCup Sponsorship Extension and the FedExCup Playoffs

Chamblee – “The big stars have bought into it. Now, the PGA TOUR season ends with an emphatic finish, a climatic ending.”

Rich Lerner – “The TOUR is to be given a lot of credit. It was bold and put some juice into a time of year that had been lacking.”

 

On Rory McIlroy

Chamblee – “If he [McIlroy] likes to put jigsaw puzzles together, than this golf course will be a really good fit for him, because this golf course – in particular for players of that length – is a jigsaw puzzle.”

 

On Jordan Spieth

Frank Nobilo – “Tee to green his game is very, very good. Putting, which is where you win tournaments, he is rather cool right now. He needs to be red hot.”

 

On Sergio Garcia

Lerner – “It has been a 20-year roller coaster ride for Garcia. He has been the ‘pro wrestling bad guy.’ Not Iron Sheik, but maybe like Macho Man. Now he is the good guy. Relaxed, with all of that natural talent and charisma finally flowing.”

Duval – “He has played both the villain and hero in professional golf. We want our heroes and sports athletes to show emotion. I see a man who has taken a breath and recognized that he has had an amazing career. While his Masters victory caps it off in a way, at the same time he realizes that by no means is he done. This will open a lot more doors for him as he starts his next chapter in his career as a major champion.”

Here is a Look At Wednesday At The Players

Dreams Come True VIP visit during THE PLAYERS Championship
Wednesday-Sunday
As part of the its relationship with Dreams Come True (www.dreamscometrue.org), THE PLAYERS creates opportunities for the families of children undergoing treatment for life-threatening illnesses to enjoy special experiences as part of the TOUR’s “Together, anything’s possible” charitable mission.  During THE PLAYERS Championship, the tournament will welcome two Dreams Come True families to experience the tournament.
Wednesday is designated as “Dream Day,” and both families will enjoy breakfast (8 a.m.) in the Greenside Lounge.  From 9:30-10:30 a.m., they will be treated to an inside-the-ropes experience on the 17th tee box during THE PLAYERS Championship Caddie Competition in memory of Bruce Edwards, including meet-and-greets and autograph opportunities with TOUR players.
Throughout the week, the two families will enjoy week-long VIP tournament passes and complimentary admission to the World Golf Hall of Fame.
FCA Golf JAX Breakfast with the Pros
Wednesday, May 10 (7:30-9 a.m.Doors open at 7 a.m.)
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) has hosted a breakfast at THE PLAYERS Championship for 30+ years as a way to bring the Northeast Florida golf community together with PGA TOUR professionals.  Professionals interact with, pray with, and inspire Northeast Florida juniors through stories of what God has done in their personal life and professional career.  All local area high school and college golf teams and coaches are invited to attend at no cost, thanks to individuals who underwrite the event by team sponsorship.
The event will be held at the Sawgrass Marriott with Wesley Bryan as the featured speaker.  Adam Agee, lead singer of Audio Adrenaline, will also attend providing special music.  Approximately 12-20 PGA TOUR players typically attend the breakfast.  Many of these TOUR players participate in a Bible study fellowship each week at PGA TOUR events. Fred Funk will serve as host for a portion of the Breakfast and Todd Lewis of the Golf Channel will emcee the event along with FCA Golf JAX Director, Matthew Roop.
PGA TOUR players K.J. Choi and Blayne Barber are scheduled to attend.
FedEx Junior Business Challenge
Wednesday, May 10 (3:30 p.m.)
During the 2017 PGA TOUR Season, FedEx and Junior Achievement are teaming up to empower the next generation of entrepreneurs with the FedEx Junior Business Challenge. On the Wednesday, May 10, Junior Achievement students from the Jacksonville area will meet in Stadium Village (3:30 p.m.) and present small business concepts to a judging panel consisting of: a PGA TOUR player, a representative from Junior Achievement, a FedEx Small Business Grant recipient and a prominent Jacksonville media personality. Based on presentation performance, one business concept will be selected to present at the TOUR Championship in Atlanta for a chance to receive a $75,000 donation from FedEx for their local Junior Achievement chapter.
THE PLAYERS Championship Caddie Competition in memory of Bruce Edwards
Wednesday, May 10
Each year at THE PLAYERS Championship – during the Wednesday practice round – players and caddies switch roles when they arrive at the famous 17th hole, and the caddies get the opportunity to take a swing.   Each player contributes to the prize fund and the caddie who ends up closest to the pin takes home the money.
This is a great tradition unique to THE PLAYERS and one that provides an added layer of entertainment for the fans, players and caddies alike.  The competition is named to honor Tom Watson’s longtime caddie and friend Bruce Edwards, who passed away in 2004 from ALS or “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.”  The PGA TOUR will match any donations the caddies/players make, with all the money going to the Bruce Edwards Foundation.
Fans can keep track of how the caddies are doing, as closest-to-the-pin information will be provided on the leaderboards surrounding No. 17, and in addition to the prize money, the winning caddie will receive a VIP parking spot in the TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse lot, ThursdaySunday of THE PLAYERS.

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