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THE PLAYERS Championship 2018 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, combines the best field in golf with the world-class venue of THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. The tournament takes place from Tuesday through Sunday, May 8 to 13, 2018. Visitors are welcome to attend each day of the championship including the practice rounds.
THE PLAYERS is one of the most anticipated tournaments on the PGA Tour and boasts the largest purse as well as the strongest field. The stakes are high with a purse of 10 million. Golf Channel and others will be airing this exciting sporting event.
Proceeds from THE PLAYERS benefit Northeast Florida charities and have totaled nearly $84 million since the event moved to Ponte Vedra Beach in 1977. Since announcing a new charitable focus in 2011, THE PLAYERS has committed to generate $50 million for youth-related charities over the next 10 years.
There are several special events that occur around and during THE PLAYERS Championship 2018:


On Saturday, May 5, 2018, THE PLAYERS Donna 5K is presented by the Nimnicht Family of Dealerships. This event raises funds for the Donna Foundation, which seeks to put an end to breast cancer. Runners and walkers of all levels are invited to experience a behind-the-scenes 5K route through the beautiful PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. Participants will begin near the world famous island green at 17 and continue along the cart paths through all back nine holes. Participants in the 5Kreceive one free stadium pass admission to THE PLAYERS for Sunday, May 13, 2018.

Military Appreciation Day and Concert

This year, THE PLAYERS will host a special Military Appreciation Day on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. The day will include pageantry by military personnel, a flyover by the 125th Fighter Wing, FL Air National Guard, and a National Anthem performance. Capping off the day will be the Military Appreciation Ceremony beginning at 5:30 p.m., followed by a live concert with country music breakout artist Luke Combs at 6:00 p.m.

Tournament Info

Admission: Daily ticket prices vary by day of attendance and type of tickets. Stadium passes on practice days are $25 on Tuesday and $20 on Wednesday. Tournament day tickets are $60 on Thursday, $65 on Friday, $70 for Saturday, and $60 for Sunday. Weekly stadium passes are available that range in price from is $225 to $550, depending on location. Visit here for details on weekly passes. These ticket prices are exclusive of sales tax and do not include parking (see below for parking details).

THE PLAYERS provides all career military (active duty, Reserve, military retirees and dependents) with complimentary admission to the tournament all week. Printed vouchers (available here) and photo IDs are required, and all military should check in at the Military Tickets tents located at any of the tournament gates. There is also a complimentary hospitality tent for military personnel, The Patriots' Outpost, located at the 16th Tee.
For more information and for details on family plans, special seating and VIP options, as well as a complete list of permitted and prohibited items, please call 1-855-502-6090 or visit here to purchase tickets. Tickets are also available at Publix Supermarkets throughout northeast Florida.
When: From Tuesday, May 8, to Sunday, May 13, 2018. Tee-offs are in the morning, around 6:30 - 7:30 a.m., and individual events may last all afternoon.

Where: TPC Sawgrass is located at 110 Championship Way in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082. For directions via GPS, use 5387 Palm Valley Road in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
Parking: On Tuesday and Wednesday, parking is free for everyone in the general lot. There is a fee for parking Thursday - Sunday, and parking for these days MUST be purchased in advance. Please visit here to purchase parking tickets. The rates are $30 per day on Thursday and Sunday, and $35 per day on Friday and Saturday. Fans with four or more in a vehicle may take advantage of a free parking offer with a voucher that can be downloaded here. The "Four for Free" voucher MUST be printed out before arrival.
Youth Policy: Those 18 and under are admitted free of charge with a ticketed adult all week. Their access is limited to Grounds only. Youth, ages 6 and older, must have the appropriate ticket to enter the Clubhouse, The Turn, Benefactor or other hospitality venues.

Getting There

The Florida Department of Transportation has set up its Florida 511 Traveler Information system to help tournament-goers find the best route to The Players Championship. This service can be reached by phone (dial 511) or by visiting their website here for an interactive road map.
Tournament organizers recommend taking exit 32 on I-95, heading east on County Road 210, which turns into Valley Ridge Boulevard, and then turning right at the intersection of Valley Ridge Boulevard and Nocatee Parkway. Continue on Nocatee Parkway, which becomes Palm Valley Road as it takes you right to TPC Sawgrass.
For more information on The Players Championship 2018 please visit here or call (904) 273-3235.

Find Places to Stay in Ponte Vedra

For your stay during the tournament, check out our listings for area hotels and vacation rentals. Or, just 35 minutes south on scenic A1A, you can find charming bed and breakfasts and boutique hotels in historic St. Augustine, Florida.

“When I was trying to deal with the nerve in my back and trying to come back and trying to play and I wasn't very good, [Phil Mickelson] always texted me some very encouraging words,” Woods said. “I was chipping so poorly, my nerve and my back was not doing very good, and I was flinching a lot, and he offered numerous times to help me out with technique and just talk about it and philosophy.”
Woods and onMickels, who will be paired together for Rounds 1 and 2 this week at The Players, never had that short game brainstorming session, but Tiger said he appreciated the offer.

“I said, you and I have the same philosophy in how we approach chipping and how we do it. I just can't physically do it,” Woods said. “But now it's different. I feel better, and my short game has turned around.”PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – When news surfaced that the PGA Tour was sending Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson out in the same group for Rounds 1 and 2 at The Players, Rickie Fowler figured the best vantage point to watch the show was from home.
Fowler, who’ll actually have a front-row seat on Thursday and Friday as the third member of the group, wasn’t discouraging fans from trying to get a glimpse at TPC Sawgrass, he was just being realistic considering the massive crowds the threesome is sure to draw.

Whatever his motivation, it’s not bad advice.
“I'll probably be on the couch in my hotel room watching that one in the afternoon,” admitted Justin Thomas, who will be finished with his round on Thursday by the time Mickelson and Woods tee off at 1:52 p.m. ET.
On Tuesday, Mickelson added a playful touch to the proceedings. Although well short of, say, Conor McGregor’s pre-fight shenanigans, Lefty offered some light-hearted banter when asked about the heavyweight bout.
“I look at the cover of the newspaper and the pairing is on there and the excitement that's been going on around here, it gets me thinking: Why don't we just bypass all the ancillary stuff of a tournament and just go head-to-head and just have kind of a high-stake, winner-take-all match,” Mickelson said with a smile. “Now, I don't know if he wants a piece of me, but I just think it would be something that would be really fun for us to do, and I think there would be a lot of interest in it if we just went straight to the final round.”

If social media is any indication, Mickelson may have a point. It seems many fans would be fine bypassing the formalities of 72 holes of stroke play, and Woods didn’t seem averse to the idea.
“I'm definitely not against that. We'll play for whatever makes him uncomfortable,” Woods said with a laugh.
But if Mickelson seemed a tad tongue-in-cheek regarding the big show, it likely had something to do with his long and complicated history with Woods.
For Lefty, this is a tale of two rivalries, which in the early years was wildly one-sided. In the 35 times the duo has been paired together in an official Tour event, Woods won 10 of their first 18 head-to-head duels and they tied three times. But in the last 17, Mickelson has won 10 times and they tied once. Woods holds the overall advantage, 16-15-4.

“Fifteen years ago my record against him sucked, and now it's OK. I'm doing better as time has gone on,” Mickelson said.
Some say the dynamic began to change in 2007, when Mickelson began working with swing coach Butch Harmon, who had worked with Woods earlier in his career.
Mickelson won The Players shortly after he and Harmon began their partnership. One of the high-water marks for Lefty in his Woods rivalry came at the 2012 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, when the duo was paired on Sunday. Mickelson closed with a 64 to win the event by two strokes, while Woods struggled to a final-round 75 and a tie for fifth place.
Coaches and players are being warned by tournament officials to take extra precautions after at least nine people have fallen ill at the NCAA women’s regional in Austin, Texas.
On Tuesday morning, the University of Texas director of events instructed coaches to have their players wash their hands and use hand sanitizer regularly. Staff members cleaned all of the spigots of the water coolers and ice chests, and housekeeping services at the team hotel sanitized all of the rooms.

But by then, the mysterious virus had already taken a toll.
East Carolina was disqualified from advancing to the NCAA Championship on Tuesday after only two players were healthy enough to compete.
Golfweek reported that Arkansas’ fifth player, Cara Gorlei, was flanked by her coach and trainer throughout her round of 3-over 75. Her teammates picked up the slack, with the Razorbacks posting the low round of the day, a 17-under 271, to move 11 shots clear of the field.  
Baylor coach Jay Goble said that his assistant coach also got the stomach bug and was unable to make it to the course for the second round.
The reason for the outbreak is unclear, but over the past few weeks the norovirus recently affected more than a hundred people in the area.
The NCAA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The top six teams after Wednesday's final round advance to the NCAA Championship in two weeks in Stillwater, Okla. It's a tight race in the regional, as top-seeded Arkansas and host Texas are the only teams under par. The next six teams are separated by five shots.
Since its start in 1974, with Jack Nicklaus’ historic victory over J.C. Snead at Atlanta Country Club, THE PLAYERS Championship has been one of the PGA TOUR‘s most coveted titles. Held annually in May, THE PLAYERS is one of the most anticipated tournaments on the PGA TOUR calendar, boasting not only the strongest field but also the biggest purse on the PGA TOUR.
THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass is a golf course built with both the pros and the fans in mind. The course, owned by the PGA TOUR, first hosted THE PLAYERS in 1982 and is now the permanent home of the annual event. A true “Stadium Course,” the championship-caliber golf course was designed to improve the overall on-site fan experience at THE PLAYERS, while also making it accessible to and playable by golf fans of all abilities.\

Working with renowned golf course architect Pete Dye, then-PGA TOUR Commissioner Deane Beman created a course design that favored no particular player or style of play. The result has been a golf course that has tested the best on the PGA TOUR and set the stage for some of the TOUR’s most dramatic finishes. From Jerry Pate’s tossing Pete Dye into the lake on the 18th hole, to Tiger Woods’ “Better Than Most” putt heard around the world in 2001, THE PLAYERS Championship never disappoints.
The Players Championship (commonly known as simply The Players, stylized by the PGA Tour as The PLAYERS Championship) is an annual golf tournament on the PGA Tour. Originally known as the Tournament Players Championship, it began in 1974.[2] For many years, the Players Championship offered the highest prize fund of any tournament in golf ($10.5 million in 2015) until it was overtaken in 2017 by the U.S. Open, which offered a $12 million purse.[3] The field usually includes the top 50 players in the world rankings, but unlike the three major championships staged in the United States, it is not an official event on the European Tour.

The Players has often been considered the unofficial "fifth major" due to its prestige, its host course (the TPC at Sawgrass Stadium Course at which the tournament has been played since 1982, home of the iconic par-3 No. 17 "Island Green") and its large purse.[4][5


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