Winners of The Players Championship Tournament

Past Champions, Trivia, and Playoff Winners at PGA Tour's Flagship Event

Hal Sutton in 2000, the year of his second Players Championship victory
Hal Sutton is a 2-time winner of The Players Championship. Jeff Gross/Getty Images

The Players Championship was first played in 1974, and below is the list of all the tournament's winners from that year through the present. We'll also look at some trivia plus playoff results.

But first, let's see which golfers have won this tournament multiple times. And in its history, there have been only six multiple winners of The Players Championship:

3-Time Winners of The Players Championship

  • Jack Nicklaus, 1974, 1976, 1978

2-Time Winners of The Players Championship

The Full List: Winners of The Players Championship

Here is the full list of Players Championship winners, from the most recent back to the first:

2017 - Si Woo Kim, 278
2016 - Jason Day, 273
2015 - Rickie Fowler, 276
2014 - Martin Kaymer, 275
2013 - Tiger Woods, 275
2012 - Matt Kuchar, 275
2011 - K.J. Choi, 275
2010 - Tim Clark, 272
2009 - Henrik Stenson, 276
2008 - Sergio Garcia, 283
2007 - Phil Mickelson, 277
2006 - Stephen Ames, 274
2005 - Fred Funk, 279
2004 - Adam Scott, 276
2003 - Davis Love III, 271
2002 - Craig Perks, 280
2001 - Tiger Woods, 274
2000 - Hal Sutton, 278
1999 - David Duval, 285
1998 - Justin Leonard, 278
1997 - Steve Elkington, 272
1996 - Fred Couples, 270
1995 - Lee Janzen, 283
1994 - Greg Norman, 264
1993 - Nick Price, 270
1992 - Davis Love III, 273
1991 - Steve Elkington, 276
1990 - Jodie Mudd, 278
1989 - Tom Kite, 279
1988 - Mark McCumber, 273
1987 - Sandy Lyle-p, 274
1986 - John Mahaffey, 275
1985 - Calvin Peete, 274
1984 - Fred Couples, 277
1983 - Hal Sutton, 283
1982 - Jerry Pate, 280
1981 - Raymond Floyd-p, 285
1980 - Lee Trevino, 278
1979 - Lanny Wadkins, 283
1978 - Jack Nicklaus, 289
1977 - Mark Hayes, 289
1976 - Jack Nicklaus, 269
1975 - Al Geiberger, 270
1974 - Jack Nicklaus, 272

Some trivia notes to keep in mind:

  • Nicklaus' three wins came in the tournament's first five years when it was not yet known as The Players Championship and not yet played at TPC Sawgrass.
  • Prior to 1988, the tournament was named the Tournament Players Championship.
  • The tournament was first played at TPC Sawgrass in 1982.
  • There has not yet been a back-to-back champion.
  • The tournament's 72-hole scoring record is 264, achieved by Greg Norman during his 1994 victory.

Playoffs at The Players Championship

The current playoff format is a 3-hole, aggregate score playoff conducted over Holes 16-18. That format was first used in 2015; prior to that, the format was sudden death.

  • 2015: Rickie Fowler and Kevin Kisner finished the three holes at 1-under, Sergio Garcia at even-par. Garcia dropped out and Fowler and Kisner continued into sudden death. Fowler won it with a birdie on the first sudden-death hole.
  • 2011: K.J. Choi defeated David Toms on first playoff hole.
  • 2008: Sergio Garcia defeated Paul Goydos on first playoff hole after Goydos hit into the water on No. 17.
  • 1987: Sandy Lyle defeated Jeff Sluman on the third sudden-death hole.
  • 1981: Raymond Floyd beat Barry Jaeckel and Curtis Strange on the first playoff hole.

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