2011 Players Championship

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2011 Players Championship
Tournament information
Dates May 12–15, 2011
Location Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, U.S.
Course(s) TPC Sawgrass
Tour(s) PGA Tour
Statistics
Par 72
Length 7,215 yards (6,597 m)
Field 145 players, 74 after cut
Cut 144 (E)
Prize fund $9,500,000
Winner's share $1,710,000
Champion
South Korea 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.[1][2]

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.[3]

Venue[edit]

Main article: TPC at Sawgrass

This was the 30th Players Championship held at the TPC at Sawgrass Stadium Course in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

Course layout[edit]

The 2011 Players Championship
Tee Rating/Slope 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Yardage n/a 423 532 177 384 471 393 442 237 583 3,642 424 558 358 181 481 449 523 137 462 3,573 7,215
Par 4 5 3 4 4 4 4 3 5 36 4 5 4 3 4 4 5 3 4 36 72

Field[edit]

The field consisted of 144 players meeting criteria 1–12, plus the winner of the 2010 Senior Players Championship.

1. Winners of PGA Tour events since last Players

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)

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)

4. Top 125 from current season - Medical Extension

Nick O'Hern

5. Major champions from the past five years

Trevor Immelman

6. Players Championship winners from the past five years

Henrik Stenson

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

Ross Fisher, Peter Hanson, Robert Karlsson, Matteo Manassero, Edoardo Molinari, Francesco Molinari, Álvaro Quirós

10. Web.com Tour money leader from prior season
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

Keegan Bradley, Kevin Chappell, Tommy Gainey, Hunter Haas, Brandt Jobe, Chris Kirk, Troy Matteson

13. Senior Players champion from prior year (did not count against field of 144)

Mark O'Meara

Past champions in the field[edit]

Made the cut[edit]

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
Sergio García  Spain 2008 74 68 73 65 280 −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[edit]

Player Country Year won R1 R2 Total To par
Stephen Ames  Trinidad and Tobago
 Canada
2006 77 68 145 +1
David Duval  United States 1999 70 76 146 +2
Adam Scott  Australia 2004 76 72 148 +4
Henrik Stenson  Sweden 2009 79 75 154 +10
Tim Clark  South Africa 2010 74 - WD
Tiger Woods  United States 2001 - - WD

Round summaries[edit]

First round (Thursday)[edit]

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.

# Player Country Score To par
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
T5 Fredrik Jacobson  Sweden 67 −5
Martin Kaymer  Germany
Graeme McDowell  Northern Ireland
Álvaro Quirós  Spain
Rory Sabbatini  South Africa
T10 Ben Crane  United States 68 −4
J. B. Holmes  United States
Davis Love III  United States

Second round (Friday)[edit]

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).

# Player Country Score To par
1 David Toms  United States 66-68=134 −10
2 Nick Watney  United States 64-71=135 −9
T3 Luke Donald  England 69-67=136 −8
Lucas Glover  United States 65-71=136
Graeme McDowell  Northern Ireland 67-69=136
Steve Stricker  United States 69-67=136
T7 Aaron Baddeley  Australia 70-67=137 −7
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)[edit]

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.

# Player Country Score To par Hole
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
T7 Luke Donald  England 69-67-27=163 −8 8
Jason Dufner  United States 69-70-46=185 12
Robert Karlsson  Sweden 71-67-34=172 9
Martin Kaymer  Germany 67-72-46=185 12
Rory Sabbatini  South Africa 67-71-38=176 10

Third round (Sunday)[edit]

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.

# Player Country Score To par
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
T4 Aaron Baddeley  Australia 70-67-70=207 −9
Luke Donald  England 69-67-71=207
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
Álvaro Quirós  Spain 67-73-68=208

Final round (Sunday)[edit]

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.

# Player Country Score To par Winnings
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
T4 Luke Donald  England 69-67-71-71=278 −10 $418,000
Nick Watney  United States 64-71-72-71=278
T6 Aaron Baddeley  Australia 70-67-70-72=279 −9 $287,375
Jason Day  Australia 69-70-72-68=279
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
Álvaro Quirós  Spain 67-73-68-71=279

Scorecard[edit]

Final round

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Par 4 5 3 4 4 4 4 3 5 4 5 4 3 4 4 5 3 4
South Korea Choi −12 −12 −12 −12 −11 −11 −11 −11 −11 −12 −11 −11 −12 −12 −12 −12 −13 −13
United States Toms −11 −12 −12 −13 −13 −14 −14 −13 −13 −13 −13 −13 −13 −13 −13 −12 −12 −13
United States Goydos −8 −8 −8 −8 −7 −8 −8 −8 −9 −10 −11 −11 −10 −10 −10 −11 −11 −11
England Donald −9 −8 −8 −9 −9 −8 −9 −9 −9 −10 −10 −10 −10 −9 −9 −10 −10 −10
United States Watney −10 −11 −12 −11 −11 −11 −12 −11 −10 −10 −10 −11 −11 −10 −10 −10 −10 −10
Northern Ireland McDowell −12 −12 −12 −12 −13 −12 −11 −11 −10 −10 −10 −10 −9 −9 −8 −8 −6 −5

Cumulative tournament scores, relative to par
Source:[4]

Playoff (Sunday)[edit]

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.

# Player Country Score To par Winnings
1 K. J. Choi  South Korea 3=3 E $1,710,000
2 David Toms  United States 4=4 +1 $1,026,000

References[edit]

  1. ^ "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. 
  2. ^ "K.J. Choi wins Players after playoff". ESPN. May 15, 2011. Retrieved May 16, 2011. 
  3. ^ Defending Players champion honors Ballesteros
  4. ^ "Leaderboard: 2011 Players Championship". Golf Channel. Retrieved August 9, 2015. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 30°11′48″N 81°23′37″W / 30.19667°N 81.39361°W / 30.19667; -81.39361