Players Championship 2023: TV Schedule, Format, History, Past Winners

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Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, lines up his putt on the 18th hole during the first round of play in The Players Championship golf tournament Saturday, March 12, 2022, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
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  • The Players Championship is March 9-12 from TPC Sawgrass.
  • It's a designated event with the biggest purse of the year ($25 million).
  • TV coverage will be shared by Golf Channel and NBC.

The Players Championship, which has a purse of $25 million, is March 9-12 from TPC Sawgrass.

It’s the fifth designated event of the season and has a loaded field, with 49 of the top 50 players in the FedEx Cup standings teeing it up.

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Players Championship TV Schedule, Times, Channel

  • Thursday, March 9: 12:00-6:00 p.m. ET, Golf Channel
  • Friday, March 10: 12:00-6:00 p.m. ET, Golf Channel
  • Saturday, March 11: 1:00-6:00 p.m. ET, NBC
  • Sunday, March 12: 1:00-6:00 p.m. ET, NBC

EDIT: Due to the second round being suspended due to weather and resuming Saturday morning, Golf Channel will air the conclusion beginning at 7 a.m. ET.

What Channel Is the Players Championship On?

The Players Championship is on Golf Channel Thursday and Friday, then NBC Saturday and Sunday.

Players Championship PGA Tour Live, Featured Groups

  • Thursday, March 9: 6:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. ET, ESPN+
  • Friday, March 10: 6:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. ET, ESPN+
  • Saturday, March 11: 7:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. ET, ESPN+
  • Sunday, March 12: 7:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. ET, ESPN+

Players Championship Format

There are 144 players in the field, and they will play four rounds of stroke play at TPC Sawgrass. After two rounds, the field will be cut to the top 65 players, including ties.

Anything can happen with water in play on 17 of the 18 holes, and often some lesser-known players find themselves in contention over the weekend.

The most famous hole is the 17th, a par-3 with an island green.

Who Won the Players Championship Last Year?

Cameron Smith won the 2022 Players Championship, which had a Monday finish.

Players Championship History, Past Winners

YearPlayerScore
2022Cameron Smith-13
2021Justin Thomas-14
2020No Tournament (COVID)N/A
2019Rory McIlroy-16
2018Webb Simpson-18
2017Si Woo Kim-10
2016Jason Day-15
2015Rickie Fowler-12
2014Martin Kaymer-13
2013Tiger Woods-13
2012Matt Kuchar-13
2011K.J. Choi-13
2010Tim Clark-16
2009Henrik Stenson-12
2008Sergio Garcia-5

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