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Final thoughts on THE PLAYERS

Written by: Tony Korologos | Date: Monday, May 16th, 2011
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K.J. Choi

K.J. Choi - 2011 PLAYERS Champ

K.J. Choi notched the biggest victory of his career, and the biggest paycheck by far at I believe around $1.7 million. I’ve been a K.J. fan ever since I watched his great performance in the 2004 Masters, with the eagle on #11. Loved that.  Choi is a swing machine with possibly the most precisely repeated swing on tour.

Many congratulations to Choi on the great performance.

David Toms

It was tough to watch David Toms miss that short par putt on the first playoff hole from about 3.5 feet.  Especially tough after he made the amazing birdie on the final hole of regulation from a sand filled divot in the fairway to force the playoff.  After the miss he went up to knock in his bogey putt, then paused, then remarked, then knocked it in.  He was shaken.  He turned pale and he had a sick look on his face.  He knew he’d likely given up about a million bucks in prize money and his first victory in years.  Toms appeared to be wiping away tears.  Felt bad for the guy.  On the positive side though, he was there in the hunt for the first time in a long while.

I thought it was funny that Toms is a Cleveland player, but when they cut to his family his son was wearing a Titleist hat.

Graeme McDowell

Graeme McDowell has had a rough year with a ton of missed cuts.  It seemed like he finally figured out whatever the issue was in his game with his first three rounds in the 60′s.   But a final round 79 dashed his hopes and raised questions once again about the state of his game.

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods made it through nine holes before he withdrew due to recurring injuries in his left leg.  I was surprised that he even played in this tournament since the story the previous couple of weeks was that his foot was in a boot and the fact that he doesn’t typically play the TPC Sawgrass course terribly well.  It seems like every time Tiger tees it up this year it gets worse and the possibility of him breaking Jack Nicklaus’ major record becomes less and less likely.

TPC Sawgrass 17th Hole

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TPC Sawgrass

The TPC turned out to be as it was expected, a great stage and a ball striker’s track. Strikers like Choi, David Toms, Luke Donald and Nick Watney hung around the top of the leaderboard all week.

I know I’ve mentioned these a few times this week, but one last time this year I’ll suggest that you check out my TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course Review and my TPC Sawgrass Stadium image gallery.

Final PLAYERS Championship Leaderboard Below – Click read more if you can’t see it


Pos Player Name Overall R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
1. Choi, K.J. -13 70 68 67 70 275
2. Toms, David -13 66 68 71 70 275
3. Goydos, Paul -11 69 70 69 69 277
4. Donald, Luke -10 69 67 71 71 278
4. Watney, Nick -10 64 71 72 71 278
6. Baddeley, Aaron -9 70 67 70 72 279
6. Day, Jason -9 69 70 72 68 279
6. Dufner, Jason -9 69 70 68 72 279
6. Holmes, J.B. -9 68 69 73 69 279
6. Mahan, Hunter -9 70 67 73 69 279
6. Quiros, Alvaro -9 67 73 68 71 279
12. Garcia, Sergio -8 74 68 73 65 280
12. Gay, Brian -8 71 69 71 69 280
12. Johnson, Zach -8 74 70 70 66 280
12. Levin, Spencer -8 72 69 68 71 280
12. Love III, Davis -8 68 69 70 73 280
12. Stricker, Steve -8 69 67 71 73 280
12. Stroud, Chris -8 71 67 74 68 280
19. Cink, Stewart -7 70 72 69 70 281
19. Hanson, Peter -7 72 72 66 71 281
19. Jones, Matt -7 72 72 69 68 281
19. Kaymer, Martin -7 67 72 70 72 281
19. Marino, Steve -7 70 72 69 70 281
19. O’Hair, Sean -7 71 71 67 72 281
19. Streelman, Kevin -7 70 69 75 67 281
26. Campbell, Chad -6 73 71 69 69 282
26. Davis, Brian -6 69 69 73 71 282
26. Hoffman, Charley -6 72 71 68 71 282
26. Karlsson, Robert -6 71 67 72 72 282
26. Overton, Jeff -6 69 71 73 69 282
26. Sabbatini, Rory -6 67 71 71 73 282
26. Schwartzel, Charl -6 72 71 71 68 282
33. Immelman, Trevor -5 70 73 70 70 283
33. McDowell, Graeme -5 67 69 68 79 283
33. Mickelson, Phil -5 71 71 69 72 283
33. Molder, Bryce -5 70 73 67 73 283
33. Moore, Ryan -5 71 69 71 72 283
33. Pettersson, Carl -5 73 71 71 68 283
39. Perry, Kenny -4 72 71 68 73 284
39. Romero, Andres -4 72 69 69 74 284
41. Byrd, Jonathan -3 71 73 72 69 285
41. Cabrera, Angel -3 70 74 68 73 285
41. Chalmers, Greg -3 73 65 74 73 285
41. Wi, Charlie -3 70 72 68 75 285
45. Crane, Ben -2 68 76 71 71 286
45. Pavin, Corey -2 72 69 74 71 286
45. Rose, Justin -2 70 69 74 73 286
45. Watson, Bubba -2 76 66 76 68 286
45. Willis, Garrett -2 70 74 69 73 286
50. Allenby, Robert -1 69 74 68 76 287
50. Couch, Chris -1 71 72 71 73 287
50. Curtis, Ben -1 71 73 70 73 287
50. Glover, Lucas -1 65 71 74 77 287
54. Kuchar, Matt E 69 72 73 74 288
54. Mediate, Rocco E 72 69 71 76 288
54. Verplank, Scott E 73 71 71 73 288
57. Atwal, Arjun +1 73 70 77 69 289
57. Johnson, Dustin +1 72 70 73 74 289
57. Leonard, Justin +1 70 73 72 74 289
57. Poulter, Ian +1 70 72 74 73 289
61. Bohn, Jason +2 71 73 72 74 290
61. Goosen, Retief +2 73 69 72 76 290
61. Merritt, Troy +2 69 75 73 73 290
64. Blanks, Kris +3 69 72 81 69 291
64. Haas, Hunter +3 72 71 75 73 291
64. Jacobson, Fredrik +3 67 75 73 76 291
64. Kelly, Jerry +3 73 70 73 75 291
64. Manassero, Matteo +3 72 70 73 76 291
69. Chappell, Kevin +4 71 73 80 68 292
69. Laird, Martin +4 72 70 76 74 292
69. Simpson, Webb +4 70 73 74 75 292
72. Bradley, Keegan +5 75 69 72 77 293
73. Garrigus, Robert +6 74 69 76 75 294
74. O’Meara, Mark +8 66 74 79 77 296

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