What is considered by many as golf’s unofficial fifth major takes place starting Thursday with the Players Championship at Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, about half an hour southeast of Jacksonville. With many global sporting events either postponed or cancelled, the Professional Golfers Association have decided to go on with one of their most high profile events on the annual golf calendar.
The Players Championship is special because of its difficult 17th hole which is surrounded by water. The event also has the highest purse of any tournament on the PGA Tour at $15 million.
In the field are five Canadians. They are Nick Taylor of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Corey Conners of Listowel, Ontario, Adam Hadwin of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Roger Sloan of Calgary, Alberta and Mackenzie Hughes of Dundas, Ontario.
So far this season on the PGA Tour, one Canadian has been victorious. That was Taylor, who won his second career PGA Tour event at the famous Pebble Beach golf course in northern California in February.
However another Canadian golfer is headed to northern Florida this weekend with positive momentum. That is Hughes, who finished in second place with a score of -4 at the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida 11 days ago. Hughes was only one shot back of the eventual champion, Sung-jae Im of South Korea, who had a winning score of -5. It will be interesting to see if Hughes can place one position higher this weekend at the Players Championship.