The PGA Tour plays the equivalent of a homecoming game this week, as the strongest field in professional golf returns to TPC Sawgrass for THE PLAYERS Championship.
2014 marks the 30th staging of the event and this year the THE PLAYERS is adopting a new 3-hole aggregate playoff in the event of a tie after regulation play. Many players and officials had felt that an aggregate playoff is more appropriate than sudden death for a tournament of this magnitude and the new system will certainly capitalize on the most dramatic holes at the Stadium Course - the risk/reward par-5 16th, the short par-3 17th, with its famed island green and the intimidating par-4 18th, a 462-yard, sweeping crescent that is guarded by water from the tee to the putting surface.
Bragging rights are on the line this Mother's Day weekend as the best players on the PGA Tour vie for the prestigious title of "Players Champion."
With so much at stake, one choice is clear as 89 players in the elite field of 144 will trust a Titleist golf ball for their success, more than 4 times the nearest competitor with 18 and more than all competitors combined.
Titleist was also the top choice among players in the irons (36), sand, lob and approach wedge (131) and putter (52) categories.
Check out the gallery above for a quick tour inside the ropes from earlier in the week.
FAST FACT: The famous green at the par-3 17th hole was not originally intended to be an "island green". Course architect Pete Dye had only intended to front the green with a small pond in his original plans. But during construction, other holes around the course required dirt and load after load was taken from around the 17th, leaving a large depression surrounding the green. Dye's wife, Alice, an accomplished player and course architect in her own right, liked the look and suggested that excavation be turned into an encircling pond, creating the iconic hole that we enjoy today.
Good luck to all the players this weekend!