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THE PLAYERS Championship – 50th Anniversary Celebrations

THE PLAYERS Championship - 50th Anniversary Celebrations
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Scottie Scheffler did something unique when he won the 2023 PLAYERS Championship. By hoisting the trophy after 72 holes at TPC Sawgrass’ Stadium Course last March, he became only the third player to simultaneously hold titles at both THE PLAYERS and the Masters, joining Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.

Be in no doubt, this year we’ll see Scheffler aiming to replicate that 2023 PLAYERS performance amid a backdrop of celebration, as the tournament celebrates its 50th event.

THE PLAYERS will feature, as always, the strongest and deepest field in golf, and also boasts Nicklaus as the only three-time winner, as well as two-time champs Tiger Woods, Davis Love III, Fred Couples, Hal Sutton, and Steve Elkington.

Special 50th

Twelve different World Golf Hall of Famers have claimed victory at THE PLAYERS. In conjunction with the event’s golden anniversary, 2024 competitors will receive special 50th anniversary money clips, and volunteers will wear uniforms with a special 50th anniversary logo, complete with a custom 50th lapel pin.

PLAYERS Military Appreciation Day

The traditional Tuesday PLAYERS Military Appreciation Day will begin with a singing of the national anthem—the tournament inviting talented singers from the Northeast Florida region to audition for the opportunity to perform a singing of the “Star-Spangled Banner” that kicks off the afternoon festivities.

Immediately following the ceremony, a concert featuring multi-platinum singer-songwriter Cole Swindell takes place on the 17th green.

“We are thrilled to welcome an artist of Cole’s caliber to TPC Sawgrass. He’s an incredible talent and his passion for the sport of golf just adds to the excitement of the week. I know he’s going to put on a great show for our fans and do an incredible job honoring our men and women in uniform,” said Lee Smith, Executive Director of THE PLAYERS.

Swindell recently had the opportunity to play TPC Sawgrass’ Stadium Course for the first time. He focused on his golf but couldn’t help think about where he will be performing.

“[I] got to scope out where the concert will take place, and I got chills just thinking about it. To play a show on the most famous hole in golf is a dream come true,” said Swindell.

“Over the past 50 years, this legendary event and its iconic venue have become a sanctuary for passionate fans and a symbol of athletic excellence, and we cannot wait to celebrate the storied history of this championship this upcoming March,” said PLAYERS executive director Lee Smith, “The team is hard at work to ensure that this year’s offerings are thrilling, inspiring and relentlessly entertaining as is standard for The Players.” 

This was first published in Essential Golf – you can read the complete magazine here.

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