2011 Players Championship
|Dates||May 12–15, 2011|
|Location||Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, U.S.|
|Length||7,215 yards (6,597 m)|
|Field||145 players, 74 after cut|
|K. J. Choi|
|275 (−13), playoff|
The 2011 Players Championship was a golf tournament on the PGA Tour contested from May 12–15 at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. It was the 38th Players Championship. The tournament was won by South Korean K. J. Choi, who defeated American David Toms on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to claim his first PGA Tour title since 2008.
Traditionally, the flag of the defending champion (2010 winner Tim Clark of South Africa) would fly at TPC Sawgrass over the Tournament of Champions. As a tribute to the recently deceased Seve Ballesteros, per Clark's request, the PGA Tour flew the Spanish flag in its place.
- 1 Venue
- 2 Course layout
- 3 Field
- 4 Round summaries
- 5 References
- 6 External links
This was the 30th Players Championship held at the TPC at Sawgrass Stadium Course in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
The field consisted of 144 players meeting criteria 1–12, plus the winner of the 2010 Senior Players Championship.
Stuart Appleby (3), Arjun Atwal (3), Aaron Baddeley (3,11), Matt Bettencourt (3), Michael Bradley, Jonathan Byrd (3), Tim Clark (2,3,6,9), Jason Day (2,3,9), Luke Donald (2,3,7,9,11), Jim Furyk (2,3,8,9), Robert Garrigus (3), Lucas Glover (3,5), Bill Haas (3,9), Charley Hoffman (2,3), Dustin Johnson (2,3,9), Zach Johnson (2,3,5,9), Martin Kaymer (5,9), Matt Kuchar (2,3,9), Martin Laird (2,3,9,11), Bill Lunde (3), Hunter Mahan (2,3,7,9), Graeme McDowell (3,5,9), Rocco Mediate (3), Phil Mickelson (2,3,5,6,7,8,9,11), Louis Oosthuizen (5,9), Carl Pettersson (3), D. A. Points (3), Justin Rose (2,3,9), Rory Sabbatini (3), Charl Schwartzel (5,9), Adam Scott (2,3,9), Heath Slocum (3), Brandt Snedeker (3,9,11), Brendan Steele, Steve Stricker (2,3,9), Jhonattan Vegas, Johnson Wagner, Nick Watney (2,3,7,9,11), Bubba Watson (2,3,9,11), Mark Wilson (3,11), Gary Woodland (9,11)
- Lee Westwood (9) did not play.
- 2. Top 30 from previous season's FedEx Cup points list
Robert Allenby (3,9), Paul Casey (3,9), K. J. Choi (3,9), Ben Crane (3,9), Ernie Els (3,7,9), Retief Goosen (3,9), Ryan Moore (3,9), Kevin Na (3), Geoff Ogilvy (3,5,7,9), Jeff Overton (3), Ryan Palmer (3), Kevin Streelman (3), Bo Van Pelt (3,9), Camilo Villegas (3,8)
- 3. Top 125 from previous season's PGA Tour money list
Blake Adams, Stephen Ames (6), Ricky Barnes, Cameron Beckman, Kris Blanks, Jason Bohn, Ángel Cabrera (5), Chad Campbell, Alex Čejka, Greg Chalmers, Stewart Cink (5), Chad Collins, Michael Connell, Chris Couch, Ben Curtis, Brian Davis, Brendon de Jonge, Jason Dufner, Joe Durant, David Duval, Rickie Fowler (9), Sergio García (6), Brian Gay, Paul Goydos, Pádraig Harrington (5,9), J. P. Hayes, J. J. Henry, J. B. Holmes, Charles Howell III, Ryuji Imada, Fredrik Jacobson, Matt Jones, Jerry Kelly, Anthony Kim (9), Derek Lamely, Marc Leishman, Justin Leonard, Spencer Levin, Davis Love III, Steve Marino, Troy Merritt, Shaun Micheel, Bryce Molder, Sean O'Hair, Corey Pavin, Pat Perez, Kenny Perry, Tim Petrovic, Ian Poulter (7,9), Alex Prugh, Chris Riley, John Rollins, Andrés Romero, John Senden, Michael Sim, Webb Simpson (11), Vijay Singh (7), Kevin Stadler, Chris Stroud, Kevin Sutherland, Vaughn Taylor, Josh Teater, David Toms, D. J. Trahan, Scott Verplank, Jimmy Walker, Boo Weekley, Charlie Wi, Garrett Willis, Dean Wilson, Tiger Woods (5,7,9), Yang Yong-eun (5,9)
- Graham DeLaet, Steve Elkington, Tom Gillis, Jeff Maggert, Rory McIlroy (9), and Roland Thatcher did not play.
- 4. Top 125 from current season - Medical Extension
- 5. Major champions from the past five years
- 6. Players Championship winners from the past five years
- 7. WGC winners from the past three years (WGC-HSBC Champions winner only in 2010, and only if a PGA Tour member)
- 8. The Tour Championship winners from the past three years
- 9. Top 50 from the Official World Golf Ranking as of May 1
- 10. Web.com Tour money leader from prior season
- Jamie Lovemark did not play.
- 11. Top 10 current year FedEx Cup points leaders as of May 1
- 12. Field filled to 144 through current year FedEx Cup standings as of May 1
- 13. Senior Players champion from prior year (did not count against field of 144)
Past champions in the field
Made the cut
|Player||Country||Year(s) won||R1||R2||R3||R4||Total||To par||Finish|
|Davis Love III||United States||1992, 2003||68||69||70||73||280||−8||T12|
|Phil Mickelson||United States||2007||71||71||69||72||283||−5||T33|
|Justin Leonard||United States||1998||70||73||72||74||289||+1||T57|
Missed the cut
|Player||Country||Year won||R1||R2||Total||To par|
|Stephen Ames|| Trinidad and Tobago
|David Duval||United States||1999||70||76||146||+2|
|Tim Clark||South Africa||2010||74||-||WD|
|Tiger Woods||United States||2001||-||-||WD|
First round (Thursday)
Nick Watney made 8 birdies, an eagle and a double bogey en route to an opening round 64. Lucas Glover coming off a win the week before at the Wells Fargo Championship shot an opening round 65. Tiger Woods shot 42 (+6) on his first nine holes before withdrawing from the tournament citing multiple injuries. Defending champion Tim Clark, who had been battling injuries all season, shot an opening round 74.
|1||Nick Watney||United States||64||−8|
|2||Lucas Glover||United States||65||−7|
|T3||Mark O'Meara||United States||66||−6|
|David Toms||United States|
|Graeme McDowell||Northern Ireland|
|Rory Sabbatini||South Africa|
|T10||Ben Crane||United States||68||−4|
|J. B. Holmes||United States|
|Davis Love III||United States|
Second round (Friday)
David Toms posted a 68 to gain a one shot lead over 18 hole leader Nick Watney. Greg Chalmers had the round of the day, shooting 65. Defending champion Tim Clark (tendonitis) and Geoff Ogilvy (shoulder) both withdrew from the tournament. 74 players made the cut which was 144 (E).
|1||David Toms||United States||66-68=134||−10|
|2||Nick Watney||United States||64-71=135||−9|
|Lucas Glover||United States||65-71=136|
|Graeme McDowell||Northern Ireland||67-69=136|
|Steve Stricker||United States||69-67=136|
|J. B. Holmes||United States||68-69=137|
|Davis Love III||United States||68-69=137|
|Hunter Mahan||United States||70-67=137|
Third round (Saturday)
At the end of a rain soaked Saturday, Graeme McDowell and Nick Watney were tied for the lead at −11. Martin Kaymer birdied his first four holes and five of his first seven holes to temporarily tie for the lead, but bogeyed 8, 9 and 10 and ended the day 3 shots back.
|T1||Graeme McDowell||Northern Ireland||67-69-19=155||−11||5|
|Nick Watney||United States||64-71-18=153||5|
|T3||Steve Stricker||United States||69-67-20=156||−10||5|
|David Toms||United States||66-68-20=154||5|
|T5||K. J. Choi||South Korea||70-68-37=175||−9||10|
|Lucas Glover||United States||65-71-25=161||6|
|Jason Dufner||United States||69-70-46=185||12|
|Rory Sabbatini||South Africa||67-71-38=176||10|
Third round (Sunday)
Play resumed at 7:35 in the morning with most of the leaders still on the front nine. Graeme McDowell held a three shot lead standing on the 18th tee but found the water on his approach. He made double bogey and his lead was down to one. K. J. Choi stormed into contention with a 67 and would play in the final threesome with McDowell and David Toms. Lucas Glover also finished with a double bogey to shoot 74 and fall out of contention. Peter Hanson, who finished the following night, had the best third round shooting 66.
|1||Graeme McDowell||Northern Ireland||67-69-68=204||−12|
|T2||K. J. Choi||South Korea||70-68-67=205||−11|
|David Toms||United States||66-68-71=205|
|Jason Dufner||United States||69-70-68=207|
|Davis Love III||United States||68-69-70=207|
|Steve Stricker||United States||69-67-71=207|
|Nick Watney||United States||64-71-72=207|
|T10||Paul Goydos||United States||69-70-69=208||−8|
Final round (Sunday)
Four different players held a share of the lead in the final round, which came down to the final group. Third round leader Graeme McDowell struggled to a 79, including double bogey on 17. Charlie Hoffman stormed into contention before a quadruple bogey 7 on the infamous 17th hole lead to him shooting 71. 2008 runner-up Paul Goydos made a move with a 69, but came up two shots short of a playoff. David Toms, who held the lead almost the entire day, had a one shot lead over K. J. Choi as they played the par-5 16th. Toms went for the green in two and hit it into the water right. He made bogey and was now tied with Choi. On the 17th, Choi made a 10-foot birdie putt to take the outright lead for the first time in the tournament. After Toms drove it into a divot on the 18th hole, he hit his approach to 20 feet. Choi, who pushed his drive right, came up short right of the 18th green and chipped up to 3 feet. Toms made his birdie putt, only the 4th of the day on 18, to put the pressure back on Choi. Choi made his par putt to force a playoff.
|T1||K. J. Choi||South Korea||70-68-67-70=275||−13||Playoff|
|David Toms||United States||66-68-71-70=275|
|3||Paul Goydos||United States||69-70-69-69=277||−11||$646,000|
|Nick Watney||United States||64-71-72-71=278|
|Jason Dufner||United States||69-70-68-72=279|
|J. B. Holmes||United States||68-69-73-69=279|
|Hunter Mahan||United States||70-67-73-69=279|
Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
This was the 4th playoff in Players Championship history and the first since Sergio García defeated Paul Goydos in 2008. The format for the 2011 Players was sudden death which would be played on a rotation of holes 17-18-16-17-18 until there is a winner. On the first playoff hole, both players made it on the island green 17th, but both had long birdie putts. After Choi putted up to 3 feet, Toms had 23 feet for the win, but barely missed. Toms then had three and a half feet for par, but lipped out his comebacker. Choi then tapped in for his first win on the PGA Tour since 2008.
|1||K. J. Choi||South Korea||3=3||E||$1,710,000|
|2||David Toms||United States||4=4||+1||$1,026,000|
- "KJ Choi lands Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass". BBC Sport. May 15, 2011. Archived from the original on 16 May 2011. Retrieved May 16, 2011.
- "K.J. Choi wins Players after playoff". ESPN. May 15, 2011. Retrieved May 16, 2011.
- Defending Players champion honors Ballesteros
- "Leaderboard: 2011 Players Championship". Golf Channel. Retrieved August 9, 2015.