1998 Players Championship

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1998 Players Championship
Tournament information
DatesMarch 26–29, 1998
LocationPonte Vedra Beach, Florida
Course(s)TPC Sawgrass,
Stadium Course
Tour(s)PGA Tour
Statistics
Par72
Length6,950 yards (6,355 m)[1]
Field144 players, 72 after cut
Cut146 (+2)
Prize fund$4.0 million
Winner's share$720,000
Champion
United States Justin Leonard
278 (−10)
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TPC Sawgrass is located in the US
TPC Sawgrass
TPC Sawgrass
Location in the United States
TPC Sawgrass is located in Florida
TPC Sawgrass
TPC Sawgrass
Location in Florida

The 1998 Players Championship was a golf tournament in Florida on the PGA Tour, held March 26–29 at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, southeast of Jacksonville. It was the 25th Players Championship.

Five strokes back, Justin Leonard shot a final round 67 to win at 278 (−10), two ahead of runners-up Glen Day and Tom Lehman.[2] Len Mattiace surged into the lead in the final round, but a quintuple-bogey at 17 ended his chances; he birdied the last hole and finished four strokes back. Third round leader and 1995 champion Lee Janzen shot 79 and fell to eighteenth.[3][4] He regrouped and won his second U.S. Open at Olympic in June.

Defending champion Steve Elkington withdrew on Monday night, citing complications after sinus surgery.[5][6] the first not to compete since Jerry Pate in 1983 (neck).[5]

Venue[edit]

This was the seventeenth Players Championship held at the TPC at Sawgrass Stadium Course; it was extended this year to 6,950 yards (6,355 m),[1] an increase of 54 yards (49 m).

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made the cut[edit]

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Finish
Nick Price  Zimbabwe 1993 71 72 70 70 283 −5 T8
Lee Janzen  United States 1995 70 67 69 79 285 −3 T13
Hal Sutton  United States 1983 74 69 74 70 287 −1 T18
Tom Kite  United States 1989 72 66 78 72 288 E T25
Fred Couples  United States 1984, 1996 67 73 73 78 291 +3 T42
Davis Love III  United States 1992 73 72 69 80 294 +6 T57

Source:[1][7]

Missed the cut[edit]

Player Country Year won R1 R2 Total To par
Sandy Lyle  Scotland 1987 74 75 149 +5
Mark McCumber  United States 1988 77 77 154 +10

Source:[8]

Round summaries[edit]

First round[edit]

Thursday, March 26, 1998

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Glen Day  United States 66 −6
T2 Fred Couples  United States 67 −5
Rocco Mediate  United States
4 Jerry Kelly  United States 68 −4
T5 Mark Calcavecchia  United States 69 −3
Ben Crenshaw  United States
David Duval  United States
David Frost  South Africa
Nolan Henke  United States
Per-Ulrik Johansson  Sweden
Bruce Lietzke  United States
Jeff Maggert  United States
Len Mattiace  United States
Billy Mayfair  United States
Phil Mickelson  United States
Naomichi Ozaki  Japan

Source:[9][10]

Second round[edit]

Friday, March 27, 1998

Place Player Country Score To par
T1 Lee Janzen  United States 70-67=137 −7
Naomichi Ozaki  Japan 69-68=137
2 Tom Kite  United States 72-66=138 −6
T3 Glen Day  United States 66-73=139 −5
Jerry Kelly  United States 68-71=139
Bruce Lietzke  United States 69-70=139
T6 Fred Couples  United States 67-73=140 −4
David Frost  South Africa 69-71=140
Scott Gump  United States 72-68=140
Jeff Maggert  United States 69-71=140
Len Mattiace  United States 69-71=140
Rocco Mediate  United States 67-73=140

Source:[8]

Third round[edit]

Saturday, March 28, 1998

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Lee Janzen  United States 70-67-69=206 −10
2 Glen Day  United States 66-73-70=209 −7
3 Justin Leonard  United States 72-69-70=211 −5
T4 Mark Calcavecchia  United States 69-75-68=212 −4
Scott Hoch  United States 73-69-70=212
Tom Lehman  United States 72-70-70=212
Len Mattiace  United States 69-71-72=212
Phil Mickelson  United States 69-73-70=212
T9 Fred Couples  United States 67-73-73=213 −3
Ernie Els  South Africa 71-72-70=213
David Frost  South Africa 69-71-73=213
Bruce Lietzke  United States 69-70-74=213
Billy Mayfair  United States 69-75-69=213
Naomichi Ozaki  Japan 69-68-76=213
Nick Price  Zimbabwe 71-72-70=213
Craig Stadler  United States 71-70-72=213
Omar Uresti  United States 72-71-70=213
Lee Westwood  England 74-71-68=213

Source:[11]

Final round[edit]

Sunday, March 29, 1998

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Justin Leonard  United States 72-69-70-67=278 −10 720,000
T2 Glen Day  United States 66-73-70-71=280 −8 352,000
Tom Lehman  United States 72-70-70-68=280
4 Mark Calcavecchia  United States 69-75-68-69=281 −7 192,000
T5 Scott Hoch  United States 73-69-70-70=282 −6 146,000
Len Mattiace  United States 69-71-72-70=282
Lee Westwood  England 74-71-68-69=282
T8 Phil Mickelson  United States 69-73-70-71=283 −5 116,000
Nick Price  Zimbabwe 71-72-70-70=283
Payne Stewart  United States 72-71-75-65=283

Source:[1][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Players Championship". Wilmington Morning Star. (North Carolina). Associated Press. March 30, 1998. p. 7C.
  2. ^ Parascenzo, Marino (March 30, 1998). "Leonard charges to victory in TPC". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. C1.
  3. ^ Garrity, John (April 6, 1998). "Sunday Driver". Sports Illustrated. p. 60.
  4. ^ "Leonard rallies from five shots back to win". Wilmington Morning Star. (North Carolina). Associated Press. March 30, 1998. p. 7C.
  5. ^ a b c d Smits, Gary (March 25, 1998). "Elkington out". Florida Times-Union. (Jacksonville). Retrieved May 12, 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Elkington won't defend". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). wire services. March 25, 1998. p. 2B.
  7. ^ a b "Results: Players Championship". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. March 30, 1998. p. C10.
  8. ^ a b "Golf:PGA Tour". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). March 28, 1998. p. 8D.
  9. ^ a b "Eagle on 19th makes it a great Day for leader". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. March 27, 1998. p. 5C.
  10. ^ "Golf: PGA Tour". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). March 27, 1998. p. 6C.
  11. ^ "Janzen taking aim at TPC". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). wire services. March 29, 1998. p. 3G.

External links[edit]

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