Which non-major event would you most like to win

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If you were a professional player which non-major event would you most like to win? Jason Sobel and Randall Mell weigh in with their opinions.

By JASON SOBEL

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – I’m about to pull off a big-time okey-doke on my opponent, the esteemed Mr. Mell.

If this was match play, he’d be safely on the green in two, while I was apparently stymied in the woods. Well, I’m about to wedge one right into the cup to win this hole.

He probably thinks he’s being smart in choosing the so-called “fifth major” as the non-major he would most like to win. And he is. But not smart enough.

I’m thinking more big picture instead. That’s why instead of choosing a title at The Players Championship, I’ll take one at the Ryder Cup instead. While my opponent in this Punch Shot can celebrate his $1.7 million paycheck with his caddie, swing coach, mental guru, agent, manager, wife, 2.3 kids and all six nannies, I’ll be spraying champagne with my 11 teammates in celebration of a week we’ll never forget.

And hey, it’s not like I’ve got anything against money. If I had to choose an individual event, I think I’d go with the Tour Championship at venerable East Lake Golf Club, which usually comes with a hefty FedEx Cup payday, too.

Sorry, Randy. I win this one. Don’t worry, though. I’ll let you have a sip of my champagne.

By RANDALL MELL

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Sorry, Mr. Sobel, but you are more than stymied in the woods in this match-play format.

Pick up your ball and advance to the next tee, I mean, next question.

You may think you are being clever giving the Ryder Cup as your answer, but you’ve lost the hole before you’ve begun. You’ve violated the Rules of Golf revealing your answer to me before you’ve played. You’ve violated Rule 8-1 for “giving advice” on strategy, but I admire the bold play anyway.

Give me The Players Championship crystal trophy.

The Players is not a major, and it shouldn’t be. Jeff Sluman, in his plain spoken manner, summed it up best. “When you go to Denny’s and order the Grand Slam breakfast, they don’t give you five things, do they?” Sluman once said. “They give you four.”

History won’t allow the official designation as a fifth major, but in nearly every other way, The Players feels like a major. The field, even minus Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy, is the deepest in golf so far this year.

The TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course may be contrived, but it’s a magnificent contrivance that separates the best ball strikers.