Friday Mar 10, 2023

There is no doubt that the par-3 17th island green at TPC Sawgrass' Stadium Course makes for compelling viewing during the Players Championship. With each tee shot some form of the question "Will it stay dry?" is uttered, or at least thought. And it's why statistics of how many golf balls find the water are kept. In Thursday's suspended opening round, the number was 18. That is tied for eighth most in an opening round since 2003 — and the round is not over yet. The first-round average is 17.05 and the most in an opening round is 50 (2007).


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Should the Players Championship, which this week will feature 43 of the top 50 players in the Official World Golf Ranking (as of Friday's field release), be considered in the same discussion as the four majors — if no, why not?

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The Yards: Home to the 'world's largest skins game'
Friday skins games at the 15-hole course just down the road from the TPC Sawgrass' Stadium Course are no less pressure packed than at this week's Players Championship
PLD Milled Anser D, Oslo 4 and Anser 2 are currently available at Ping authorized retailers
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Complete redesign creates the only green book and yardage guide showing slope, fairway contours and elevation data
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Played on Reynolds Lake Oconee’s Great Waters course in Greensboro, Georgia, the 2023 LLI is scheduled for March 18-21 and will be co-hosted by Mercer University and Kennesaw State University
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Nineteen-time LPGA Tour winner and current Player Development Ambassador at Shadow Hills Golf Club in Indio, California, will be inducted in 2024
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Fort Myers, Florida, club is honored by Prevo Health Solutions after undergoing an onsite evaluation
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Lakeland, Florida, club's South Course is ranked No. 3 on the 2023 Golfers’ Choice Best Golf Courses in Florida list and No. 21 on the Best in U.S. list
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Padraig Harrington, Retief Goosen, Tom Lehman, Rocco Mediate to play in the March 24-26 tournament on the Dinah Shore Tournament Course in Rancho, Mirage, California
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"There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do."
— Derek Jeter
TFC Inbox: Should the Players Championship be a major?
The First Call readers vary on the topic. Some believe strength of field makes it major worthy, while others cite the championship's lack of tradition and absence of LIV players as dissenting reasons
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> Rounds played finished this past week down 7% vs. 2022 driven primarily by Winter Storm Quest, which impacted much of the West Coast, Midwest and Northeast with snowy, blizzard-like conditions.

California was the most heavily affected region as snow pummeled the region for most of the week, leading to total rounds declining 22% vs. 2022. This was also the first week in 2023 that the Northeast region finished down in rounds vs. last year (17%) as it was heavily impacted by Winter Storm Quest. This storm also caused major damage in the deep South as tornadoes led to over 1.1 million power outages from Texas through Pennsylvania.

> Pacing over the next seven days is projected to be up 4% vs. last year due to warmer, drier conditions.

All regions are pacing ahead of last year's figures, except for California and the Northeast, as drier, warmer conditions are projected for much of the U.S.

> Weekday golfers declined to 55% as a result of Winter Storm Quest significantly impacting weekday play.

PGA Tour: Players Championship
Site: TPC Sawgrass (Players Stadium), Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
Television [ET]: Today, noon to 6 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 1-6 p.m. (NBC).
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DP World Tour: Kenya Open
Site: Muthaiga Golf Club, Nairobi, Kenya.
Television [ET]: Today, 4-6 a.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 4:30-9 a.m. (Golf Channel).


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Honda Classic's Ken Kennerly talks the future of the PGA Tour event
Tournament's executive director emeritus joins host Ann Liguori to talk about the PGA Tour stop's past, present and future
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Perseverance, pivoting and the ability to adapt
Ryan Engle, founder and CEO of Golf+, joins host Colin Weston to share how his love for writing code and playing golf led to the creation of his company's VR gaming platform
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18-19: Niagara Golf Show and Sale, Niagara Falls, Ontario | Info

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