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2016 Players Championship results and leaderboard: Jason Day runs away at TPC Sawgrass

The strongest field of the year was no real match for the No. 1 player in the world, who goes wire-to-wire to take golf's "fifth major."

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On one of the wilder weekends in Players Championship history, the No. 1 player in the world emerged from the deepest field of the season to cruise to his second wire-to-wire win of the year.

After posting a course-record 63 and then backing it up with a 66 on Friday, Jason Day coasted to the weekend with the largest midpoint lead in Players history. It was hard to imagine Day relinquishing that kind of margin with the way he's playing right now. He's been a machine since the middle of last summer, winning now seven times in his last 17 events. That's a Tiger-esque rate that no one has approached except now Day.

Even some of the most tricked up ridiculous course conditions in the history of the PGA Tour weren't really going to derail Day's march to the win. Saturday's mess, when the PGA Tour lost the greens, definitely shuffled up the leaderboard and left the field completely in the dark about what to expect when they came back on Sunday. That was their biggest gripe in a weekend full of them -- that there was no reason or indication that the greens should have gotten out of control that way, but the Tour mismanaged it in a manner that we'll cite for a long time when discussing similar dramas.

Through all the carnage of Saturday afternoon, however, it was still Day who held with a four-shot cushion. Sunday's conditions were far less extreme, so there were numbers out there for the chasers. Justin Thomas posted the early clubhouse lead, firing a 7-under 65 to rocket up the board into second at 10-under for the tournament. The Players was one of several of Thomas' breakout performances last year. He went low on the weekend in his debut appearance and did more of the same this year -- especially with this finishing birdie that made him stick around to see if maybe, just maybe, Day would come back to the field a bit.

In addition to Thomas, Colt Knost also made an early charge up ahead of Day. He posted four birdies on his outward nine and also got to double-digit under-par to apply a little bit of pressure. Matt Kuchar, who won this event back in 2012, also got to 10-under late on the back nine, but everyone else was really just waiting and hoping Day would implode.

The world No. 1 just wasn't going to open that window for anyone, and there weren't THAT many birdies out there for the chasers. Sunday was not one of Day's strongest rounds and there were slip-ups, unlike those two bogey-free rounds to start the week. At the par-5 9th, Day flubbed three straight chip shots to make an inexcusable bogey. He should never drop a shot on a par-5.

But again, because it was a par-5, that adventure off to the side of the green led to only one dropped shot because this is Jason Day and he bombs it up around every par-5 green in two. And the response? He birdied the next hole, the 10th, and then added another at No. 12 to erase any ground that the chasers had made up in desperation.

Ken Duke, the 495th player in the world, was an amazing sidebar story to Day's dominance. Duke took advantage of the wild Saturday conditions and posted a 65 -- a good 10 SHOTS better than the astronomical scoring average of the third round. It will go down as one of the rounds of the year, and even Day acknowledged that it should be the real course record, not the 63 that he (and four others) posted in much less severe conditions. Duke came back on Sunday and dropped in two birdies in a four-hole stretch on the front nine to take some of the spotlight, but there wasn't enough there for the 47-year-old longshot to make a serious run at the No.1 player in the world. No shame in that -- Duke's story was awesome to follow this weekend.

The Tour now heads to Texas for the two-week swing through the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Day may have taken the drama out of it, but this was a nice wake-up week after some sleepy events since Augusta. We've got less than a month to Oakmont, and we're set up for a massive bout at the season's second major.

Here are your final results from Sawgrass:

Place Player Score Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Total
1 Jason Day -15 63 66 73 71 273
2 Kevin Chappell -11 71 67 70 69 277
T3 Justin Thomas -10 70 68 75 65 278
T3 Matt Kuchar -10 71 67 72 68 278
T3 Colt Knost -10 72 63 74 69 278
T3 Ken Duke -10 74 67 65 72 278
T7 Francesco Molinari -9 66 69 72 72 279
T7 Hideki Matsuyama -9 68 71 67 73 279
T9 Graeme McDowell -8 72 70 69 69 280
T9 Daniel Berger -8 66 72 73 69 280
T9 Alex Cejka -8 67 67 72 74 280
T12 Adam Scott -7 73 65 75 68 281
T12 Rory McIlroy -7 72 64 75 70 281
T12 Bryce Molder -7 70 68 72 71 281
T12 Retief Goosen -7 70 68 70 73 281
T16 Boo Weekley -6 66 69 78 69 282
T16 Shane Lowry -6 65 68 78 71 282
T16 Cameron Tringale -6 65 69 75 73 282
T19 Justin Rose -5 65 74 78 66 283
T19 Russell Knox -5 68 67 80 68 283
T19 Jerry Kelly -5 67 68 77 71 283
T19 Jonas Blixt -5 67 67 75 74 283
T23 Paul Casey -4 68 72 76 68 284
T23 Scott Piercy -4 70 68 75 71 284
T23 Ryan Palmer -4 67 70 75 72 284
T23 Daniel Summerhays -4 69 71 71 73 284
T23 Si Woo Kim -4 68 70 72 74 284
T28 Dustin Johnson -3 70 70 77 68 285
T28 David Hearn -3 71 71 72 71 285
T28 Vijay Singh -3 70 70 73 72 285
T28 Billy Horschel -3 68 70 75 72 285
T28 J.J. Henry -3 70 69 74 72 285
T28 Louis Oosthuizen -3 72 67 74 72 285
T28 Gary Woodland -3 67 68 76 74 285
T35 Jim Furyk -2 71 70 75 70 286
T35 Keegan Bradley -2 72 67 76 71 286
T35 Brooks Koepka -2 66 70 77 73 286
T35 Danny Lee -2 67 71 72 76 286
T39 Jon Curran -1 70 71 79 67 287
T39 Chad Campbell -1 68 71 78 70 287
T39 Martin Kaymer -1 68 72 76 71 287
T39 Adam Hadwin -1 70 70 74 73 287
T43 James Hahn E 67 73 79 69 288
T43 Soren Kjeldsen E 72 70 74 72 288
T43 Bill Haas E 65 73 77 73 288
T43 K.J. Choi E 73 68 73 74 288
T43 Bubba Watson E 69 71 74 74 288
T43 William McGirt E 72 65 76 75 288
T49 Morgan Hoffmann 1 69 73 75 72 289
T49 Freddie Jacobson 1 70 69 78 72 289
T49 Jason Dufner 1 70 66 80 73 289
T49 Bernd Wiesberger 1 71 67 78 73 289
T49 Zac Blair 1 71 70 73 75 289
T54 Zach Johnson 2 67 69 80 74 290
T54 Brian Harman 2 69 70 77 74 290
T54 Sergio Garcia 2 72 66 77 75 290
T57 Branden Grace 3 72 70 78 71 291
T57 Jhonattan Vegas 3 67 71 79 74 291
T57 Harold Varner III F 73 66 78 74
T57 Ian Poulter 3 69 68 79 75 291
T57 Hudson Swafford 3 66 73 77 75 291
T57 Brendan Steele 3 65 76 74 76 291
T57 Brendon de Jonge 3 71 67 76 77 291
T64 Jamie Lovemark 4 71 71 79 71 292
T64 Johnson Wagner 4 70 71 77 74 292
T64 Marc Leishman 4 70 72 75 75 292
T64 Kyle Reifers 4 71 70 76 75 292
T64 Ernie Els 4 66 73 78 75 292
T64 Sean O'Hair 4 70 67 76 79 292
70 Camilo Villegas 5 71 71 78 73 293
71 Steve Wheatcroft 6 68 74 79 73 294
T72 Shawn Stefani 7 74 68 80 73 295
T72 Will Wilcox 7 68 71 82 74 295
T74 Kevin Streelman 8 72 70 80 74 296
T74 Fabian Gomez 8 73 69 79 75 296
76 Patton Kizzire 12 71 70 82 77 300

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