PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – A brief look at The Players Championship, which starts Thursday:
Site: Stadium Course on the TPC Sawgrass.
Course: The Stadium Course was designed by Pete Dye. It opened in 1980 and first hosted The Players Championship in 1982. Water is prominently in play on all but five holes. The signature hole is the par-3 17th, which is an island.
Length: 7,215 yards.
Tournament records: Greg Norman and Fred Couples share the 18-hole record of 63 (Couples in 1992, Norman in 1994). Norman holds the tournament record of 264 when he won in 1994.
Purse: $9.5 million ($1.71 million to the winner)
Defending champion: Matt Kuchar.
Noteworthy: No one has ever successfully defended his title at The Players Championship.
Quoteworthy: "If you're not playing well, you're going to get exposed." — Tiger Woods.
Key tee times (all times EDT): Adam Scott, Rory McIlroy, Steve Stricker, 8:39 a.m.; Tiger Woods, Matt Kuchar, Brandt Snedeker, 1:49 p.m.
Television (all times EDT): Thursday and Friday, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Golf Channel. Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., NBC Sports.