The 18th hole at TPC Sawgrass was the second toughest hole on the PGA TOUR schedule during the 2016- 2017 season, playing to a stroke average of 4.486. In 2017, there were more double bogeys or worse (57 in total) than birdies (37) at the 18th hole.
The eighth hole was the second toughest par 3 on the PGA TOUR schedule a season ago, playing to a stroke average of 3.314
No player has gone all four rounds without a bogey at THE PLAYERS. Greg Norman came the closest in 1994 with a single bogey in the final round on No. 13. The 36-hole cut has been below par just twice in the last 21 showings of THE PLAYERS 2-under 142 in 2010 and 2016.
The 13th hole has had more 3-putts than any other non-major hole on TOUR since the TOUR began tracking the statistics in 2003. On a brighter note, on the par-5 16th hole the reward for going for the green has been substantial over the years. Since 2003, players laying up have a scoring average of 4.96, while players going for the green have a scoring average of 4.46. In total, players laying up are -78, while players going for the green are -2,564.
There have been 26 total par 3s measuring less than 150 yards (scorecard yardage) in the last 15 years on the PGA TOUR. The par-3 17th hole on THE PLAYERS Stadium Course is one of just four with an over-par scoring average (3.12). The field is a combined +762 total over par in the last 15 years on the 17th hole at THE PLAYERS Stadium Course. The highest recorded score on No. 17 belongs to Bob Tway, who posted a 12 in the third round in 2005. Zac Blair posted the highest recorded score in 2017 with a 9.
Since 2003, the player with the most total balls in the water at the 17th is Aaron Baddeley, with 13. Among the players in the field this year, Phil Mickelson has hit the most balls in the water on the 17th with eight. Among the players in the field with a minimum of eight rounds on the Stadium Course, Graham DeLaet, who was qualified but couldn’t compete due to injury, has gone the most rounds on the 17th hole without hitting a ball in the water, with a perfect 18/18 mark.
Chez Reavie (12/12), Scott Stallings (12/12), Michael Thompson (12/12), Adam Hadwin (10/10), Robert Streb (8/8), Si Woo Kim (8/8), and Ross Fisher (8/8) have also never found the water at the 17th hole.
Over the last 15 years, there have been more total balls in the water on holes 16-18 than on the first 15 holes combined. 16-18 have accounted for 1,889 balls in the water, while Nos. 1- 15 have been responsible for 1,818. There have been more balls hit in the water on the 18th hole (704) than the 17th hole (703) over that time frame.