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Players Championship Golf Winners List - Jack Nicklaus On Top

  • The Players Championship began in 1974
  • Jack Nicklaus won the inaugural tournament and won again in 1976 and 1978
  • Since 1982 the tournament has been played at the Stadium Course at TPC at Sawgrass in Florida.
  • The Players Championship has never seen a player win in consecutive years
  • Only six players have won the Players Championship more than once
  • Justin Thomas won in 2021, one shot ahead of Lee Westwood
  • Greg Norman shot the lowest score with -24 in 1994
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Jack Nicklaus won 3 Players Championships (Getty Images)
John Eastwood 18 Mar 2021
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Players Championship Golf Winners


Jack Nicklaus won the inaugural Players Championship in 1974 and went on to win two more titles in 1976 and 1978. Only five players have won the Players Championship twice.

Justin Thomas is the defending champion after winning the 2021 Players Championship. He finished one shot ahead of Lee Westwood and two shots ahead of Bryson DeChambeau and Brian Harman.

Year
Player
Score
Par
Margin
Prize Money ($)
Course
2022 tbc tbc tbc tbc 15,000,000TPC Sawgrass
2021 Justin Thomas 274 -14 1 stroke 15,000,000TPC Sawgrass
2020 n/a n/a n/a n/a 15,000,000n/a
2019 Rory McIlroy 272 −16 1 stroke 12,500,000TPC Sawgrass
2018 Webb Simpson 270 −18 4 strokes 11,000,000TPC Sawgrass
2017 Kim Si-woo 278 −10 3 strokes 10,500,000TPC Sawgrass
2016 Jason Day 273 −15 4 strokes 10,500,000TPC Sawgrass
2015 Rickie Fowler 276 −12 Playoff 10,000,000TPC Sawgrass
2014 Martin Kaymer 275 −13 1 stroke 10,000,000TPC Sawgrass
2013 Tiger Woods (2) 275 −13 2 strokes 9,500,000TPC Sawgrass
2012 Matt Kuchar 275 −13 2 strokes 9,500,000TPC Sawgrass
2011 K. J. Choi 275 −13 Playoff 9,500,000TPC Sawgrass
2010 Tim Clark 272 −16 1 stroke 9,500,000TPC Sawgrass
2009 Henrik Stenson 276 −12 4 strokes 9,500,000TPC Sawgrass
2008 Sergio García 283 −5 Playoff 9,500,000TPC Sawgrass
2007 Phil Mickelson 277 −11 2 strokes 9,000,000TPC Sawgrass
2006 Stephen Ames 274 −14 6 strokes 8,000,000TPC Sawgrass
2005 Fred Funk 279 −9 1 stroke 8,000,000TPC Sawgrass
2004 Adam Scott 276 −12 1 stroke 8,000,000TPC Sawgrass
2003 Davis Love III (2) 271 −17 6 strokes 6,500,000TPC Sawgrass
2002 Craig Perks 280 −8 2 strokes 6,000,000TPC Sawgrass
2001 Tiger Woods 274 −14 1 stroke 6,000,000TPC Sawgrass
2000 Hal Sutton (2) 278 −10 1 stroke 6,000,000TPC Sawgrass
1999 David Duval 285 −3 2 strokes 5,000,000TPC Sawgrass
1998 Justin Leonard 278 −10 2 strokes 4,000,000TPC Sawgrass
1997 Steve Elkington (2) 272 −16 7 strokes 3,500,000TPC Sawgrass
1996 Fred Couples (2) 270 −18 4 strokes 3,500,000TPC Sawgrass
1995 Lee Janzen 283 −5 1 stroke 3,000,000TPC Sawgrass
1994 Greg Norman 264 −24 4 strokes 2,500,000TPC Sawgrass
1993 Nick Price 270 −18 5 strokes 2,500,000TPC Sawgrass
1992 Davis Love III 273 −15 4 strokes 1,800,000TPC Sawgrass
1991 Steve Elkington 276 −12 1 stroke 1,600,000TPC Sawgrass
1990 Jodie Mudd 278 −10 1 stroke 1,500,000TPC Sawgrass
1989 Tom Kite 279 −9 1 stroke 1,350,000TPC Sawgrass
1988 Mark McCumber 273 −15 4 strokes 1,250,000TPC Sawgrass
1987 Sandy Lyle 274 −14 Playoff 1,000,000TPC Sawgrass
1986 John Mahaffey 275 −13 1 stroke 900,000TPC Sawgrass
1985 Calvin Peete 274 −14 3 strokes 900,000TPC Sawgrass
1984 Fred Couples 277 −11 1 stroke 800,000TPC Sawgrass
1983 Hal Sutton 283 −5 1 stroke 700,000TPC Sawgrass
1982 Jerry Pate 280 −8 2 strokes 500,000TPC Sawgrass
1981 Raymond Floyd 285 −3 Playoff 440,000Sawgrass CC
1980 Lee Trevino 278 −10 1 stroke 440,000Sawgrass CC
1979 Lanny Wadkins 283 −5 5 strokes 440,000Sawgrass CC
1978 Jack Nicklaus (3) 289 1 1 stroke 300,000Sawgrass CC
1977 Mark Hayes 289 1 2 strokes 300,000Sawgrass CC
1976 Jack Nicklaus (2) 269 −19 3 strokes 300,000Inverrary CC
1975 Al Geiberger 270 −10 3 strokes 250,000Colonial CC
1974 Jack Nicklaus 272 −16 2 strokes 250,000Atlanta CC

Multiple Winners


Only six players have won the Players Championship more than once:

Player
Wins
Years
Jack Nicklaus31974, 1976, 1978
Fred Couples21984, 1996
Steve Elkington21991, 1997
Hal Sutton21983, 2000
Davis Love III21992, 2003
Tiger Woods22001, 2013

Nicklaus won at three different venues but never at the Stadium Course where the other winners won their titles.

Players Championship History


The Players Championship began in 1974 at Atlanta Country Club in Marietta, Georgia. The tournament moved to the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas in 1975 and the Inverrary Country Club in Lauderhill, Florida in 1976.

In 1977 the PGA Tour agreed to move the Players Championship to Sawgrass Country Club in Ponte Vedra Beach. Since 1982 the tournament has been played at the Stadium Course at TPC at Sawgrass in Florida.

In 2007 the Players Championship was moved to May from late March, part of a restructuring of the PGA Tour that saw the FedEx Cup established which concluded with The Tour Championship. 

The switch enabled the PGA Tour to have a marquee event in six consecutive months (The Masters in April, The Players Championship in May, the US Open in June, The Open Championship in July, the PGA Championship in August, and the Tour Championship in September).

In 2019 the Players Championship returned to March and the PGA Championship switched from August to May.

The Players Championship has never seen a player win in consecutive years. Jack Nicklaus won three of the first five tournaments and since moving to TPC Sawgrass in 1982 five players have won twice, the shortest span between victories being six years.

The 2020 Players Championship was scheduled to be held from 12-15 March but was canceled by the PGA Tour after day one due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

The tour had announced that the tournament would proceed behind closed doors for the remaining three days but decided it was in the best interest of the players and everyone involved if the tournament was canceled.

Players Championship Golf Winners FAQ

When did the Players Championship start?

The Players Championship began in 1974

Who won the first Players Championship?

Jack Nicklaus won the inaugural Players Championship in 1974 and went on to win two more titles in 1976 and 1978.

Who has won the most Players Championships?

Jack Nicklaus has won the most Players Championships with three titles in 1974, 1976 and 1978. He never won at the Stadium Course at TPC at Sawgrass which has hosted the tournament since 1982.

How many Players Championships did Tiger Woods win?

Tiger Woods won two Players Championships in 2001 and 2013.

Who won the 2021 Players Championship?

Justin Thomas won the 2021 Players Championship.

Who shot the lowest score at the Players Championship?

Greg Norman shot the lowest score at the Players Championship with 264 (-24) in 1994.

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