PGA Tour: New play-off format for Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass
The Players Championship is to ditch its sudden-death format for play-offs which will now be decided over three holes.
Last Updated: 16/04/14 5:36pm
PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem made the announcement on Wednesday, with the new format coming into effect at this year's event at the famed TPC Sawgrass layout -should two or more players be tied for the lead after 72 holes.
The three-hole play-off will be contested over the par-five 16th, par-three 17th and par-four 18th holes.
And if players are still tied for the lead on aggregate, following the extra three holes, they will return to the 17th when the play-off reverts to sudden-death - followed by 18-16-17-18 and so on until a winner is determined.
Finchem said: "Holes 16, 17 and 18 on the Stadium Course are perhaps the most dramatic closing holes in professional golf from a risk-reward standpoint.
"They test all facets of a player's physical and mental game while under the pressure of trying to win such a significant championship.
"We felt an aggregate play-off that incorporated these three holes was a more appropriate way to determine the champion."
Since TPC Sawgrass first hosted the tournament in 1982 there have only been three play-offs when the champions were Sandy Lyle (1987), Sergio Garcia (2008) and KJ Choi (2011)
The Players Championship, often dubbed 'the fifth major', will be staged this year from May 8-11.