CLEVELAND, Ohio — Jon Rahm (15-under) led by one shot entering the final round of the PGA Tour’s The Players Championship 2019 on Sunday, March 16, in Florida. Rory McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood were tied for second.
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.
(Fact box from Associated Press.)