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The best golfers in the world head to Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida for the THE PLAYERS Championship. With a 9.5 million dollar purse, the richest on Tour, and a demanding TPC Sawgrass course, THE PLAYERS Championship attracts a stellar field and tests the limits of every player, especially over the finishing three holes. None is more infamous than the treacherous 17th, where finding land on the tiny island green is met with cheers from the crowd and can mean the difference between being a contender or a champion. In 2011, 40 balls found their way to a watery finish. For the golfer who survives 17, the water lined dog leg left 18th hole awaits, and it is traditionally ranked as the hardest hole on the course. Last year, K.J. Choi and David Toms tied at the end of regulation and went to the just the fourth playoff in tournament history. Toms forced the playoff by making an unusual birdie at 18. The playoff went to the 17th hole and both men found the surface, although Toms was much clos...
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