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The Players moves to three-hole aggregate playoff

Par-3 17th at TPC Sawgrass
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This year’s Players Championship will have the potential for even more spills and thrills.

In a move designed to take advantage of one of the game’s most exciting arenas, the PGA Tour announced Wednesday that it is abandoning the sudden-death playoff at The Players in favor of a three-hole aggregate playoff.

The playoff holes will be the par-5 16th, par-3 17th and par-4 18th at TPC Sawgrass – the easiest hole (16), the signature hole (17) and the most difficult (18).

If the players are still tied after the aggregate playoff, they will compete in sudden death beginning on No. 17, followed by 18, 16, 17 and 18 until a winner is determined.

“Holes 16, 17 and 18 of The Players Stadium Course are perhaps the most dramatic closing holes in professional golf from a risk-reward standpoint, as they test all facets of a player’s physical and mental game while under the pressure of trying to win such a significant championship,” PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said in a release. 

“Given the fact that winning The Players means you have defeated the strongest field in golf, we felt an aggregate playoff that incorporated these three holes was a more appropriate way to determine the champion.”

The Players now joins the PGA Championship as the only tournaments to use a three-hole aggregate playoff. The Masters uses a sudden-death format, the U.S. Open has an 18-hole playoff and the Open Championship features a four-hole aggregate playoff.