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Nothing personifies intimidation on the golf course like the 137 yard, Par 3, 17th at TPC Sawgrass – just ask Sergio Garcia. But, it is the drama at number 17 that makes the Players Championship such a great event. I’ll bet I am not alone when I say that I love to watch the Players just to see who crashes and burns at number 17. It’s a little like the hockey fans who go to the games just to watch the fights.
And with good reason; over the last 13 years the Players Championship has seen an average of 47 balls find the water. And, this is just one of some very interesting stats witnessed at number 17; my favorite would-be-trivia stat is “What is the worst score carded on number 17?” – the answer, in the post, is pretty amazing for a par 3.
If TPC Sawgrass is on your bucket list these stats will not be of much consolation; the caddies at Sawgrass estimate that 40% of amateurs find the water on number 17 – a stat that sounds awfully generous to me, given most of the amateurs I know. I’ve not had the good fortune of playing TPC Sawgrass, so as I watch the drama on number 17 I can’t help but wonder what it must feel like to actually face number 17 after struggling through the first 16 holes, all the while anticipating number 17. I also don’t know anyone who has played TPC Sawgrass, so If you have played it, please share your story in the comments below.