The Players Championship is the biggest event annually on the PGA Tour, and this year it’s bigger than ever, at least according to the dollars taken home by the golfers. Of course, it’s also ending a day later than normal! Rainy weather all day Friday and into Saturday morning has pushed the final round from Sunday to Monday at the earliest.
Monday 2:30 p.m. ET update: The tournament finished up the third round on Monday morning and has teed off the final round Monday afternoon. The last golfers have gotten through the fourth hole, so the PLAYERS should wrap by the end of Monday afternoon.
The signature event at TPC Sawgrass, right near the Tour’s headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida has a full $20 million offer this weekend, a $5 million increase from last year. The standard 18% goes to the winner, which means someone is walking home with $3.6 million.
For context, in 1988 Curtis Strange became the first golfer to earn $1 million in a season. For the 2020-21 season, 124 golfers made seven figures all year long. But finish just fourth this weekend, and you’ll pull in just about that much for four days worth of work. Not too shabby.
Also the winner of TPC picks up plenty of other goodies, including a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour, entry into all four majors for the next three seasons, and the usual winner perks such as the Sentry Tournament of Champions berth in Hawai’i next spring.
Tommy Fleetwood and Tom Hoge are currently tied atop the leaderboard at -6, but they both head into Sunday morning having to complete their respective second rounds. Fleetwood is through three holes in the second, while Hoge has yet to tee off in the second round. The best score for two full rounds belongs to Bubba Watson, who is at -3 and enters Sunday tied for 15th place.
Here’s what the prize pool breakdown looks like based off this piece from CBS: