THE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP
Site: Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Course: TPC Sawgrass (Players Stadium Course). Yardage: 7,189. Par: 72.
Purse: $12.5 million. Winner’s share: $2.25 million.
Television: Thursday-Friday, 1-7 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday, 2-7 p.m. (NBC); Sunday, 1-6 p.m. (NBC).
Defending champion: Webb Simpson.
FedEx Cup leader: Xander Schauffele.
Last week: Franceso Molinari won the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Notes: The tournament moves back to March for the first time since 2006 in a major schedule shift with the PGA Championship going to May. ... Tiger Woods, who returns after a week off to heal a minor neck issue, is the only player to have won The Players in March (2001) and May (2013). ... Adam Scott is the only other player in the field to have won in March (2004), while 22 other players in the field have at least played in March. ... Everyone from the top 50 in the world is playing this week. ... Martin Kaymer (2014), Woods (2001), Hal Sutton (1983) and Jack Nicklaus (1978) are the only players to win The Players Championship and a major in the same year. ... The last three Players have been decided by three shots or more. ... No one has won the Players in consecutive years. ... Webb Simpson’s final round of 73 was the highest final round by a winner on the PGA Tour last year. ... Kyle Stanley (2017) and Paul Azinger (1987) are the only players to make birdie on the island-green 17th all four rounds.
Next week: Valspar Championship.
Site: Nairobi, Kenya.
Course: Karen CC. Yardage: 6,922. Par: 71.
Purse: 1.1 million euros. Winner’s share: 183,333 euros.
Television: Thursday-Friday, 4-6 a.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 5:30-10 a.m. (Golf Channel).
Defending champion: Lorenzo Gagli.
Race to Dubai leader: Shane Lowry.
Last week: Justin Harding won the Qatar Masters.
Notes: The Kenya Open was part of the Challenge Tour schedule last year. ... The tournament dates to 1967 and boasts past champions such as Seve Ballesteros and Ian Woosnam before it became a Challenge Tour event in 1991. ... Another former Masters champion, Trevor Immelman, won the event in 2000. ... The field includes Ho-sung Choi and his unorthodox swing that made him an Internet sensation. Choi played at Pebble Beach last month and missed the cut. ... The field features Justin Harding, who won in Qatar last week to move up to No. 52 in the world. He needs to be in the top 50 in three weeks to earn a spot in the Masters. ... Former Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn is playing for the third straight week.
Next week: Maybank Championship.
Last tournament: Sung Hyun Park won the HSBC Women’s World Championship.
Next week: Bank of Hope Founders Cup on March 21-24.
Race to CME Globe leader: Nelly Korda.
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
Last week: Kirk Triplett won the Hoag Classic.
Next tournament: Rapiscan Systems Classic on March 29-31.
Charles Schwab Cup leader: Bernhard Langer.
Last tournament: Mark Hubbard won the Lecom Suncoast Classic.
Next week: Chitimacha Louisiana Open on March 21-24.
Money leader: Mark Anderson.
Symetra Tour: Florida’s Natural Charity Classic, Country Club of Winter Haven, Winter Haven, Fla. Defending champion: Lauren Kim. Online: www.symetratour.com
Ladies European Tour: Investec South African Women’s Open, Westlake GC, Cape Town, South Africa. Defending champion: Ashleigh Buhai. Online: www.ladieseuropeantour.com
Japan LPGA: Yokohama Tire Golf Tournament PRGR Ladies Cup, Tosa CC, Kochi, Japan. Defending champion: Sun-ju Ahn. Online: www.lpga.or.jp