The 2011 Players Championship: K.J. Choi Outlasts David Toms in Sudden Death Playoff

The 2011 Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass is one of the most prestigious tournaments on the PGA Tour aside form the majors, and always proves to be an exciting week of golf. Who's got a leg up on the competition? How will Tiger Woods fare in his first tournament in a month? Check out SB Nation's golf blog Waggle Room to find out.

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The 2011 Players Championship: K.J. Choi Defeats David Toms in Sudden Death Playoff, Wins Players Championship

After a grueling Sunday that saw the majority of the field having to finish their third rounds in the morning, K.J. Choi outlasted the entire field in exciting fashion, eventually taking the 2011 Players Championship in a sudden death playoff.

David Toms bogeyed the first hole of sudden death, the dangerous par 3 17th, with an unfortunate three putt while Choi made an easy par to take home the title. Toms was leading the majority of the day heading into the par 5 16th, but put his second shot in the water that eventually lead to a bogey as well. Choi shot a final round -5 67 to get the job done, while Toms shot a -1 par 71, including a birdie on the 72nd hole to force the playoff.

The day began with Graeme McDowell atop the leaderboard, but he began to lose his focus towards the end of his front nine in a big way. He eventually finished the day with 6 bogeys and a double, and unfortunate final round 79 on the scorecard. Paul Goydos also made a gutsy charge on Sunday, carding back-to-back 69’s to get him to -11 for the tournament, alone in third place.

Sacramento native and Fresno State Alum Nick Watney finsihed T4 at -10 while his fellow Sacramentan Spencer Levin finished T12 at -8 par. UC Berkeley Alumni Charlie Wi shot a 75 in his final round to drop to -3 for the week.

Full leaderboard can be found here.

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The 2011 Players Championship: Nick Watney, Graeme McDowell Lead in Rain Shortened Third Round

After an elongated rain delay the third round of the 2011 Players Championship will spill over into Sunday as the majority of the field were unable to finish today due to darkness. Nevertheless, the soggy conditions and benign wind made it a birdie fest after play resumed, vaulting Sacramento Native and Fresno State Alumni Nick Watney back atop the leaderboard at -11 par, tied with Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell.

Watney shot two under in his third round, that has consisted of only 5 holes thus far, while McDowell shot three under in his 5 holes of play. One player that was luckily enough to finish was Sean O’Hair, shooting a -5 par 67, the best score so far in the third round. UC Berkley Alumni Charlie Wi was also hot today, making 7 birdies on his round of -4 par 68.

Second round leader David Toms remained at -10 par, even par through 5 holes of his third round while Steve Stricker moved up to -10 with two birdies through 5 holes as well.

Coverage will begin at 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m PT) on NBC, play will resume 7:45 a.m. ET at TPC Sawgrass, and will use split tees for the final round of play to be able to get everyone finished in time.

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The 2011 Players Championship: Updated Saturday Tee Times

There has been a heavy rainstorm falling in the Ponte Vedra Beach Area this morning, causing a elongated weather delay during the third round of the 2011 Players Championship. TPC Sawgrass can be a very soggy place, but it should prove to play into the hands of the leaders as they will get much softer, easier conditions to go at the flagstick.

The final 10 twosomes are still yet to tee off today and PGATour.com has released their updated tee times. Needless to say, non of these players will get a chance to finish their third round before Sunday, giving golf fans a long day of some exciting golf to end their weekend.

5:30 p.m. ET – Paul Goydos, Jason Dufner
5:40 p.m. ET – Kevin Streelman, Jason Day
5:50 p.m. ET – K.J. Choi, Rory Sabbatini
6 p.m. ET – Greg Chalmers, Brian Davis
6:10 p.m. ET – Chris Stroud, Robert Karlsson
6:20 p.m. ET – J. B. Holmes, Davis Love III
6:30 p.m. ET – Hunter Mahan, Aaron Baddeley
6:40 p.m. ET – Luke Donald, Lucas Glover
6:50 p.m. ET – Graeme McDowell, Steve Stricker
7 p.m. ET – David Toms, Nick Watney

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The 2011 Players Championship: Third Round Tee Times

Moving Day is upon us at the 2011 Players Championship, and with 6 players within two shots of the lead, it should prove to be a terrific weekend of golf. David Toms has shown some of his brilliance of yesteryear as he sits atop the leaderboard, but with the talented Nick Watney only one shot behind him, can Toms maintain his form for the next 36 holes?Last week's winner Lucas Glover, along with Luke Donald, Steve Stricker and Graeme McDowell are all well within striking distance. Saturday may prove to be the most important of the tournament if someone can separate themselves from the field. 

Tee times for Saturday are provided by PGATour.com (all times Eastern) 

TPC Sawgrass Tee #1
Time Players
8:35 am Jones, Matt Chappell, Kevin
8:45 am Verplank, Scott Merritt, Troy
8:55 am Pettersson, Carl Johnson, Zach
9:05 am Cabrera, Angel Crane, Ben
9:15 am Willis, Garrett Byrd, Jonathan
9:25 am Hanson, Peter Curtis, Ben
9:35 am Campbell, Chad Bradley, Keegan
9:45 am Allenby, Robert Bohn, Jason
9:55 am Kelly, Jerry Leonard, Justin
10:05 am Molder, Bryce Couch, Chris
10:15 am Perry, Kenny Haas, Hunter
10:25 am Simpson, Webb Hoffman, Charley
10:35 am Immelman, Trevor Schwartzel, Charl
10:45 am Atwal, Arjun Garrigus, Robert
10:55 am Garcia, Sergio Jacobson, Fredrik
11:05 am O'Hair, Sean Watson, Bubba
11:15 am Manassero, Matteo Wi, Charlie
11:25 am Goosen, Retief Cink, Stewart
11:35 am Mickelson, Phil Laird, Martin
11:45 am Poulter, Ian Johnson, Dustin
11:55 am Kuchar, Matt Marino, Steve
12:05 pm Pavin, Corey Blanks, Kris
12:15 pm Mediate, Rocco Romero, Andres
12:25 pm Gay, Brian Levin, Spencer
12:35 pm Moore, Ryan Quiros, Alvaro
12:45 pm Overton, Jeff O'Meara, Mark
12:55 pm Kaymer, Martin Rose, Justin
1:06 pm Goydos, Paul Dufner, Jason
1:17 pm Day, Jason Streelman, Kevin
1:28 pm Sabbatini, Rory Choi, K.J.
1:39 pm Chalmers, Greg Davis, Brian
1:50 pm Karlsson, Robert Stroud, Chris
2:01 pm Holmes, J.B. Love III, Davis
2:12 pm Mahan, Hunter Baddeley, Aaron
2:23 pm Donald, Luke Glover, Lucas
2:34 pm McDowell, Graeme Stricker, Steve
2:45 pm Toms, David Watney, Nick
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The 2011 Players Championship, Second Round Scores: David Toms Leads at -10, Nick Watney One Back at -9

The second round of the 2011 Players Championship is in the books, and veteran David Toms has taken the lead with a tidy -4 68 on Friday at TPC Sawgrass. Toms has had a long drought in the winner’s circle but is placed nicely to end that reign this weekend.

Toms had 6 birdies on his round today mixed with two bogeys on the 8th and 15th, but played the difficult stretch of 16,17, and 18 at -1 par today. His last win came in the 2006 Sony Open in Hawaii, but has seemingly turned back the clock and found his form once again.

First round leader and Fresno State Alumni Nick Watney shot a -1 par 71 to remain one shot back of Toms in solo second in front of Luke Donald, Lucas Glover, Graeme McDowell and Steve Stricker, all at -8 par.Watney carded 3 birdies and 2 bogeys today, missing a number of birdie putts that would have sent him atop the leaderboard. But he still is positioned well to make a charge during the weekend.

Both Donald and Stricker shot -5 par 67’s today to place them T3 halfway through the tournament, but it was Austrailian Greg Chalmers who made the biggest move on Friday, shooting a -7 par 65 to move to -6 for the tournament, tied for eleventh place. Bubba Watson carded a -6 par 66 to move to -2 for the week, tied 35th.

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The 2011 Players Championship: Notable Pairings for Friday at TPC Sawgrass

There sure was a lot of low scoring taking place at TPC Sawgrass on Thursday, and if the perfect weather keeps up it will likely be the case on Friday as well. There is a slight chance of rain and a bit of breeze in the forecast, but you never quite know in the Ponte Vedra Beach area.

Here's a look at some notable pairings during the second round of the Players Championship, taken from PGATour.com:

Tee time
 Players
1:18 p.m. ET
No. 1

Bubba Watson, Luke Donald, Mark Wilson
The top three in the FedExCup race make up this week'sFeatured Group. Donald fared the best on Day 1.
8:08 a.m. ET
No. 10

Phil Mickelson, Martin Laird, Gary Woodland
Mickelson, the 2007 champion, fired a 1-under 71 in the first round and is tied for 44th. Will he make a move on Friday?
1:28 p.m. ET
No. 10

Hunter Mahan, Steve Stricker, Charl Schwartzel
The most recent major champion, this week's New Breedrepresentative, is at even par after one round and is T61.
1:28 p.m. ET
No. 1

Nick Watney, Rory Sabbatini, Jonathan Byrd 
Watney is leading at TPC Sawgrass following his 8-under 64 on Thursday. Sabbatini isn't far behind -- he's T5 after one round.

With the absence of Tiger Woods, Martin Kaymer and Matt Kuchar will play as a twosome, teeing off at 1:18 p.m. ET off of the tenth tee.

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The 2011 Players Championship: Friday Tee Times at TPC Sawgrass

After Fresno State Alumni Nick Watney shot an impressive 64 to take the first round lead at the Players Championship, he will look to keep it against the outstanding field at TPC Sawgrass this weekend. 60 players are currently under par after some benign conditions gave the field lots of scoring opportunities, and the weather seemingly will have the same in store for Friday. The pairings for the second round are the same, but the times and starting tees have all been swapped. 

Coverage will be on the Golf Channel once again from 1-7 p.m. ET, then moving over to NBC for the weekend. 

For more discussion and analysis of the Players Championship, head over to SB Nation's golf blog Waggle Room. 

Here is the full list of Friday's tee times from PGATour.com: (all times Eastern)

TPC Sawgrass Tee #10
Time Players
12:25 pm Micheel, Shaun Wi, Charlie Molder, Bryce
12:36 pm Teater, Josh Chalmers, Greg Dufner, Jason
12:46 pm Weekley, Boo Davis, Brian Adams, Blake
12:57 pm Lamely, Derek O'Hair, Sean Kelly, Jerry
1:07 pm Slocum, Heath Gay, Brian Harrington, Padraig
1:18 pm Kuchar, Matt Kaymer, Martin
1:28 pm Glover, Lucas Els, Ernie Casey, Paul
1:39 pm Bradley, Michael Oosthuizen, Louis Cabrera, Angel
1:49 pm Pettersson, Carl Johnson, Zach Rollins, John
2:00 pm Rose, Justin Singh, Vijay Verplank, Scott
2:10 pm Imada, Ryuji Jacobson, Fredrik Collins, Chad
2:21 pm Chappell, Kevin O'Hern, Nick Gainey, Tommy
TPC Sawgrass Tee #1
Time Players
12:25 pm Hayes, J.P. Sutherland, Kevin Jobe, Brandt
12:36 pm Curtis, Ben Henry, J.J. Kirk, Chris
12:46 pm Couch, Chris Willis, Garrett Sim, Michael
12:57 pm Haas, Bill Yang, Y.E. Perez, Pat
1:07 pm Stenson, Henrik Love III, Davis Leonard, Justin
1:18 pm Watson, Bubba Donald, Luke Wilson, Mark
1:28 pm Watney, Nick Sabbatini, Rory Byrd, Jonathan
1:39 pm Scott, Adam Clark, Tim Garcia, Sergio
1:49 pm Bettencourt, Matt Crane, Ben Choi, K.J.
2:00 pm Ames, Stephen Van Pelt, Bo Allenby, Robert
2:10 pm Riley, Chris Na, Kevin Merritt, Troy
2:21 pm Petrovic, Tim Fisher, Ross Jones, Matt
TPC Sawgrass Tee #10
Time Players
7:15 am Walker, Jimmy Overton, Jeff
7:26 am Trahan, D.J. O'Meara, Mark
7:36 am Wilson, Dean Karlsson, Robert Connell, Michael
7:47 am Atwal, Arjun Appleby, Stuart Moore, Ryan
7:57 am Garrigus, Robert Palmer, Ryan Immelman, Trevor
8:08 am Mickelson, Phil Laird, Martin Woodland, Gary
8:18 am Snedeker, Brandt Baddeley, Aaron Simpson, Webb
8:29 am Bohn, Jason Beckman, Cameron Matteson, Troy
8:39 am Wagner, Johnson Lunde, Bill Ogilvy, Geoff
8:50 am Vegas, Jhonattan Holmes, J.B. Molinari, Francesco
9:00 am Fowler, Rickie Manassero, Matteo Quiros, Alvaro
9:11 am de Jonge, Brendon Blanks, Kris Prugh, Alex
9:21 am Haas, Hunter Bradley, Keegan Hanson, Peter
TPC Sawgrass Tee #1
Time Players
7:15 am Marino, Steve Stadler, Kevin Leishman, Marc
7:26 am Durant, Joe Senden, John Barnes, Ricky
7:36 am Taylor, Vaughn Duval, David Levin, Spencer
7:47 am Day, Jason Kim, Anthony Toms, David
7:57 am Points, D.A. Villegas, Camilo Poulter, Ian
8:08 am Furyk, Jim Johnson, Dustin McDowell, Graeme
8:18 am Mahan, Hunter Stricker, Steve Schwartzel, Charl
8:29 am Mediate, Rocco Hoffman, Charley Goosen, Retief
8:39 am Steele, Brendan Cink, Stewart Perry, Kenny
8:50 am Romero, Andres Campbell, Chad Pavin, Corey
9:00 am Howell III, Charles Streelman, Kevin Stroud, Chris
9:11 am Goydos, Paul Cejka, Alex

Molinari, Edoardo

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2011 Players Championship, First Round Scores: Fresno State Alum Nick Watney Leads at -8 Par

Even with the news of Tiger Woods withdrawing from the 2011 Players Championship, there was still plenty to talk about as Fresno State Alumni Nick Watney shot an impressive 64 to take th efirst round lead at -8 par at TPC Sawgrass.

Watney started on the back nine, finishing with 9 birdies on his round today. He also added a chip in eagle on the par 5 second hole, but had a double bogey on the 14th and bogey on the 8th as well, keeping him from having a very special round this afternoon.

Last week’s winner Lucas Glover continued his great play shoot a -7 par 65 to remain one shot back of Watney. He had 6 birdies and an eagle on his round today with only one bogey on the par 5 16th. Veterans Mark O’Meara and David Toms palyed very well today as well, shooting a pair of 66’s to sit tied for third after one round of play.

Full leaderboard can be found here.

There are 12 players within four shots of the lead thus far at TPC Sawgrass, and with the wind staying relatively calm there are some serious birdies to be had on the course. Should prove to be an exciting Friday to see how it will all play out.

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The 2011 Players Championship BREAKING NEWS: Tiger Woods Withdraws From Tournament

After beginning his day +6 par for his first nine holes Tiger Woods has decided to withdraw from the Players Championship. Tiger has been struggling with both knee and Achilles injuries, and obviously they were still affecting his game.

This was his first start since the Masters, and has only played 27 holes total since his T4 finish at Augsuta National due to his nagging afflictions of his lower body.

“The knee acted up and the Achilles followed that, and then the calf started cramping up,” said Woods. “Everything started getting tight, so it’s just a whole chain reaction.”

Tiger’s first tee shot found the rough, leading to an opening bogey for the former number one player in the world, then twice found water on the fourth, eventually carding a triple-bogey seven. He bogeyed the fifth and ninth holes as well to finish the front nine with a 42, 10 shots off the lead.

“This morning, it felt fine during warm-up and then as I played it got progressively worse. [The doctors] said I could play. The more rest I get, the better it would be. I wanted to come back for it and play and unfortunately I wasn’t able to finish.”

Tiger also had to withdraw from the Players last year in the final round with a neck injury.

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The 2011 Players Championship: Notable Pairings for Thursday at TPC Sawgrass

As the 2011 Players Championship gets underway, there is a number of notable pairings for the people to enjoy. Some are just too talented to keep your eyes off of, some are intriguing mixes of playing styles, while others are causing a stir, even if they aren't playing together.

Bubba Watson recently made some comments about Tiger Woods and his golf swing, which was a bit overblown by the media. Nevertheless, Tiger didn't appreciate it all too much, and said the two 'will talk' about the situation. Both players tee off at 8:08 a.m. ET, although Tiger will be teeing off the first tee while Bubba will be on the tenth. Maybe they will see each other on opposing holes and starting yelling at one another tee box to tee box. Highly doubtful, but still would make for an epic golfing experience for viewers. 

Below is a listing of important pairing to keep your eye on throughout the course of Thursday's round. Some will be off earlier that the television coverage begins (1:00 p.m. ET, Golf Channel), but you can still follow along at the Players Championship Page at PGATour.com.

Taken from PGATour.com:

Tee time
 Players
8:08 a.m. ET
No. 10

Bubba Watson, Luke Donald, Mark Wilson
The top three in the FedExCup make up the Featured Group this week. They have five combined wins in 2011.
8:08 a.m. ET
No. 1

Martin Kaymer, Matt Kuchar, Tiger Woods
Interesting dilemma for early-morning fans Thursday -- check out this group on No. 1, or Bubba, Luke and Wilson on No. 10?
1:18 p.m. ET
No. 1

Phil Mickelson, Martin Laird, Gary Woodland
Nos. 4 through 6 in FedExCup points are here, headlined by 2007 champ Mickelson. But he's only had one round in the 60s since then.
1:28 p.m. ET
No. 10

Hunter Mahan, Steve Stricker, Charl Schwartzel
The most recent major champion is our New Breedrepresentative, playing alongside two popular picks to contend this week.
2:10 p.m. ET
No. 1

Rickie Fowler, Matteo Manassero, Alvaro Quiros
Young talent oozes from this group, starting with 18-year-old Manassero, the youngest in PLAYERS Championship history.

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The 2011 Players Championship: Thursday Tee Times at TPC Sawgrass

The 2011 Players Championship is set to get underway at TPC Sawgrass and the Thursday tee times have been released. Thursday will see a split tee start with half the field teeing off of #1 and the other half off of #10. It will definitely be an early start for a lot of the guys with the first groups off at 7:15 A.M ET, meaning a 4:15 A.M start out on the West Coast. 

Players will be competing for their share of the $9.5 million purse with $1.71 million of it going to the eventual winner. Who that will be is still yet to be seen, but the talent level for the Players is always off the charts as the top players in the world vie for the unofficial "fifth major" in professional golf. 

Television coverage begins at 1 P.M. ET on the Golf Channel and will finish up sometime around 7 P.M. depending on speed of play.

TPC Sawgrass Tee #1
Time Players
7:15 am Micheel, Shaun Wi, Charlie Molder, Bryce
7:26 am Teater, Josh Chalmers, Greg Dufner, Jason
7:36 am Weekley, Boo Davis, Brian Adams, Blake
7:47 am Lamely, Derek O'Hair, Sean Kelly, Jerry
7:57 am Slocum, Heath Gay, Brian Harrington, Padraig
8:08 am Kuchar, Matt Kaymer, Martin Woods, Tiger
8:18 am Glover, Lucas Els, Ernie Casey, Paul
8:29 am Bradley, Michael Oosthuizen, Louis Cabrera, Angel
8:39 am Pettersson, Carl Johnson, Zach Rollins, John
8:50 am Rose, Justin Singh, Vijay Verplank, Scott
9:00 am Imada, Ryuji Jacobson, Fredrik Collins, Chad
9:11 am Chappell, Kevin O'Hern, Nick Gainey, Tommy
TPC Sawgrass Tee #10
Time Players
7:15 am Hayes, J.P. Sutherland, Kevin Jobe, Brandt
7:26 am Curtis, Ben Henry, J.J. Kirk, Chris
7:36 am Couch, Chris Willis, Garrett Sim, Michael
7:47 am Haas, Bill Yang, Y.E. Perez, Pat
7:57 am Stenson, Henrik Love III, Davis Leonard, Justin
8:08 am Watson, Bubba Donald, Luke Wilson, Mark
8:18 am Watney, Nick Sabbatini, Rory Byrd, Jonathan
8:29 am Scott, Adam Clark, Tim Garcia, Sergio
8:39 am Bettencourt, Matt Crane, Ben Choi, K.J.
8:50 am Ames, Stephen Van Pelt, Bo Allenby, Robert
9:00 am Riley, Chris Na, Kevin Merritt, Troy
9:11 am Petrovic, Tim Fisher, Ross Jones, Matt
TPC Sawgrass Tee #1
Time Players
12:25 pm Walker, Jimmy Overton, Jeff
12:36 pm Trahan, D.J. O'Meara, Mark
12:46 pm Wilson, Dean Karlsson, Robert Connell, Michael
12:57 pm Atwal, Arjun Appleby, Stuart Moore, Ryan
1:07 pm Garrigus, Robert Palmer, Ryan Immelman, Trevor
1:18 pm Mickelson, Phil Laird, Martin Woodland, Gary
1:28 pm Snedeker, Brandt Baddeley, Aaron Simpson, Webb
1:39 pm Bohn, Jason Beckman, Cameron Matteson, Troy
1:49 pm Wagner, Johnson Lunde, Bill Ogilvy, Geoff
2:00 pm Vegas, Jhonattan Holmes, J.B. Molinari, Francesco
2:10 pm Fowler, Rickie Manassero, Matteo Quiros, Alvaro
2:21 pm de Jonge, Brendon Blanks, Kris Prugh, Alex
2:31 pm Haas, Hunter Bradley, Keegan Hanson, Peter
TPC Sawgrass Tee #10
Time Players
12:25 pm Marino, Steve Stadler, Kevin Leishman, Marc
12:36 pm Durant, Joe Senden, John Barnes, Ricky
12:46 pm Taylor, Vaughn Duval, David Levin, Spencer
12:57 pm Day, Jason Kim, Anthony Toms, David
1:07 pm Points, D.A. Villegas, Camilo Poulter, Ian
1:18 pm Furyk, Jim Johnson, Dustin McDowell, Graeme
1:28 pm Mahan, Hunter Stricker, Steve Schwartzel, Charl
1:39 pm Mediate, Rocco Hoffman, Charley Goosen, Retief
1:49 pm Steele, Brendan Cink, Stewart Perry, Kenny
2:00 pm Romero, Andres Campbell, Chad Pavin, Corey
2:10 pm Howell III, Charles Streelman, Kevin Stroud, Chris
2:21 pm Goydos, Paul Cejka, Alex Molinari, Edoardo
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