Players Championship 2019: The Players Championship has a major reputation for a reason. It carries the prestige and the purse to stack up to the PGA Tour’s premier tournaments, and TPC Sawgrass, one of golf’s iconic courses, provides the perfect backdrop for Tiger Woods and the sport’s biggest stars up and down the leaderboard.
The Players Championship, back in its March spot on the calendar for the first time since 2006, is the flagship event of the PGA Tour and for years has been considered golf’s unofficial fifth major. Annually boasting one of the strongest overall fields of the year, the 2019 edition of The Players Championship also boasts the largest purse in the history of the game with a cool $12.5 million on the line, $2.25 million going to the winner.
144 of the top players in the world, including the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking, have made their way to the famed Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass this week for four days of drama-filled golf and there are plenty of ways to keep up with all the action.
For those looking at streaming options for The Players Championship, there are a number of ways to keep up with all the happenings from TPC Sawgrass. The NBC Sports app is a great place to start as you can get the same coverage you would with the television coverage listed above. The Golf Channel app will give you their coverage on Thursday and Friday and some of their additional programming surrounding the tournament as well.
If you’re willing to shell out a few bucks, another way to go is subscribing to PGA Tour Live on NBC Sports Gold. Not only will you get the simulcast to the TV coverage but you’ll also have access to some featured groups in the morning. The groups featured in Thursday’s Round 1 early coverage will be Justin Rose, Xander Schauffele and Justin Thomas at 8:32 a.m. ET and Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar and Rory McIlroy at 9:04 a.m. ET.
Woods, who won The Players in 2001 and 2013, is resuming his 2019 tournament schedule after skipping last week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational due to a neck strain. The 14-time major champion was off to a strong start to the PGA Tour season before the injury and will look to pick up where he left off at golf’s “fifth major.”
Including Woods, ranked 11th, the field features all 50 of the world’s top players, and it’s anyone’s guess who should be considered the favorite in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. The Players has had 10 different winners each of the last 10 years, with 2018 champion Webb Simpson and other recent winners Si Woo Kim, Jason Day and Rickie Fowler looking to buck the trend this year.