Speculation about the next Players Championship tournament began long before this year’s golfing competition crowned Webb Simpson as winner. Golf fans were already clamouring to know details for one of the most hotly anticipated legs of the PGA tour. The biggest change is that the tournament will move from May to March next year. It is a potentially contentious decision as weather fluctuations can have big repercussions for the golfing game. Indeed, the change in scheduling could make for higher winds and an even more challenging course.
The 2019 Championship will be contested 12-17 March at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Organisers hope this will improve the golfing calendar and benefit players and fans alike. TPC Sawgrass is a world class venue for this elite competition with precision and target golf across perfectly manicured lawns. Renowned golf course architect Pete Dye helped to design a course suitable for all players or styles of play. It is a high calibre competition course but is also accessible to amateur players of all abilities.
Jack Nicklaus was the first player to win The Players Championship when the PGA began in 1974. Nicklaus remains the only player to have held the coveted title three times, in 1974, ’76 and ’78 respectively. In contrast, this year’s winner, Webb Simpson, had not walked into the PGA winner’s circle for over four and a half years. Having won the U.S. Open and a FedExCup playoff event, the Deutsche Bank Championship, Simpson’s golfing pedigree was never in doubt. Nonetheless, four and a half years is a long time for any sportsman at this level. However, as Simpson progressed through the 2018 tournament, his advantage seemed insurmountable. The notion proved correct when Simpson built on his seven stroke lead to win victory.
Although perhaps too early to speculate favourites for the 2019 tournament, we can be sure that a few established players will rank highly. Despite a huge fan base, Tiger Woods failed to deliver anything near his best performance in 2018. Plagued by injury problems for several years, Woods has done well to recover some of his previous form but will surely be hoping for more in 2019. Buoyed by this year’s win, Simpson will certainly be a contender in the coming tournament. The 2018 Players news was regularly communicated across official channels and various social media platforms. The #PlayersChampionship handle on Twitter had a prolific amount of use during the 2018 competition, with up-to-the-minute news and views followed by fans such as Ali Seytanpir.
With tickets already available for the hotly anticipated Players Championship, fans intending to visit Florida to watch would be wise to book early. One day ticket passes are currently available for $63.90 or a weekly pass for $181.05. Spread across seven days, the tournament attracts golf enthusiasts worldwide.
The Players Championship always provides world-class golf and with one of the weightiest purses in sport, the PGA tour’s main event is always one to watch.