Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson do not exactly own The Players Championship, with the superstars possessing just one win apiece for their years-long efforts at the PGA Tour’s so-called fifth major.
With the TPC Sawgrass course itself always playing a critical role in the outcome of the event, we’re guessing Mickelson would gladly cede his dominance over Woods in one key category at the Ponte Vedra Beach venue: balls in the water on the famed 137-yard par-3 17th. Since 2003, according to PGATour.com, Lefty has plunked seven in the drink surrounding the peninsula green, while Tiger has rinsed a measly three.
Some more fun facts and figures (per PGATour.com) about the short, but often rally-killing, hole that intrigues even the most casual of golf fans:
- 29 -- Fewest number of balls in the pond during competition (2003, 2010)
- 518 -- Number of 3-putts or worse since 1992 (the second most of any non-major hole on tour)
- 93 -- Number of rinsed balls in the 2007 Players in (the most in the tourney since 2003)
- 9 -- Most balls in the water of any player since 2003 (Bob Tway)
- 12 -- Highest all-time score (Tway, 2005/round 3)
- 1 - Lowest score (six times, with Miguel Angel Jimenez the last player to fire an ace, 2002/round 1)
- 36 -- Number of consecutive rounds in which Robert Allenby (the leader in this particular category) has avoided the water
Additional numbers for stats geeks:
Sure, for us weekend warriors knocking it anywhere on the expansive putting surface of the hole where tour players’ dreams of glory go to die would be priceless. But it’s a place that intimidates the best in the world, many of whom can’t help but glance over at the island in trepidation before they’ve even hit their approach shots on 16.