All eyes on The PLAYERS Championship March 9-12

Golf fans around the world will be focused on the PGA Tour's PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass March 9-12 featuring a $25 million purse and $4.5 million first place check.

PONTE VEDRA, Florida – The 2023 PLAYERS Championship field returns to The Players Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass from March 7-12 will feature a 144-player field with representation from 20 countries.

* 49 of the top 50 players in the current FedEx Cup Playoffs point list.

* 43 of the top 50 players in the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR).

* 8 Players Champions and 6 FedEx Cup Champions.

* 90 PGA Tour champions (including 2023 Arnold Palmer Invitational champion Kurt Kitayama)

Golf’s “Big Three” include Scottie Schefler, Jon Rahm and Rory McIlroy, at The PLAYERS Championship.

The top 3 players in the OWGR will be teeing it up for the second week in a row after competing last week in the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Orlando. Rory McIlroy ($1,780,000) finished 8-under tied for 2nd place, Scottie Scheffler ($800,000) finished 7-under tied for 4th place. Jon Rahm ($70,029) finished at 1-over.

The tournament will offer Official World Golf Ranking points to the winner, with final points ratings determined ahead of the tournament teeing off on Thursday March 9. The field will be playing for a $25 million purse, with whopping $4.5 million first place, with 35 of the top 50 in the PGA Tour World Golf Ranking system among the top contenders.


The Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass is one of the world’s most famous golf courses. Behind the scenes the grounds crews are busy preparing the course for this year’s tournament the same way they have been for years.

Most of the pre-tournament attention is directed towards the greens which always require a little more attention to detail. Precision mowing, coupled with consistent rolling and moisture meter checks to insure consistency across the entire green.

The NBC and Golf Channel team includes Host/Play by Play: Mike Tirico and Play by Play: Dan Hicks
Analyst: Paul Azinger / Brad Faxon / Paul McGinley
Tower: Curt Byrum / Brad Faxon / Steve Sands
On-Course: John Wood / Notah Begay III / Smylie Kaufman
Essays: Jimmy Roberts
Interview/Reports: Damon Hack.

It would be difficult to find a course that has more variety than the Stadium Course. Pete Dye pulled no punches when he designed a course that favors neither drawers nor faders but rather the golfer who can work the ball both ways. The rolling fairways, strategically place bunkers, deep roughs, lightning fast greens and water issues on most holes, makes for a challenging day as it demands complete focus and precision on each shot.


What: 2023 Players Championship
Where: TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
When: Thursday-Sunday, March 9-12
Purse: $25 million ($4.5 million winner’s share)
Defending champion: Cameron Smith

How to watch the Players Championship on TV

Golf Channel and NBC will share TV coverage of the 2023 Players Championship, with Golf Channel taking the first two rounds and NBC providing the broadcasts on Saturday and Sunday. Check out the full TV schedule below.

Thursday, March 9: 12-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel)
Friday, March 10: 12-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel)
Saturday, March 11: 1-6 p.m. ET (NBC)
Sunday, March 12: 1-6 p.m. ET (NBC)

Bill Sangster, a life-long golf aficionado and former Sergeant in Marines, moved to Cape Cod in 1974 where he raised his family while working as educator with the Sandwich School System for 23 years. With his Falmouth home adjacent to Paul Harney’s Golf Course, Bill spent many days learning and playing the game of golf. He was a member of White Cliffs Country Club and Sandwich Hollows Country on Cape Cod. In 2018 he continued his love for the game of golf by moving to “The Villages” in Florida. He now will admit to anyone who asks that he is addicted to the game of golf! Bill can be reached at

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