Every golf fan knows about The Players Championship, the PGA Tour's flagship event played in May at TPC Sawgrass’ famed Stadium Course. Chances are you’ve spent a few hours watching NBC’s coverage every year to take in the action at the island green 17th hole.
But The Players isn’t the only professional event at TPC Sawgrass, and this year it may not even have the most drama.
From Sept. 26-29 in Ponte Vedra Beach, the Dye’s Valley course at TPC Sawgrass will host the new Web.com Tour Championship, the final event of the year for the PGA Tour’s developmental circuit.
The path to the big-money PGA Tour is through that circuit, and its Tour Championship represents the last chance to make enough money to secure a place on that Tour. In other words, players will literally be playing for their careers on Dye’s Valley. That’s about as good as it gets in pro golf when it comes to high drama.
Like the Stadium, Dye’s Valley is no pushover. Designed by Pete Dye, Bobby Weed and player consultant Jerry Pate, the course isn’t a brute on yardage (6,864 yards from the tips) but gets players’ attention with narrow fairways, three-inch Bermuda rough and water hazards on 14 holes. There are simply no low scores to be had from the rough.
Dye’s Valley doesn’t have a hole to match the Stadium’s 17th for notoriety – what course does? – but its par 3s are equally difficult. The par-3 fifth hole is a peninsula green where only the left side is dry, while the 11th has water long and right of the green. Also, the par-4 sixth hole is somewhat of a mirror image of the Stadium’s 18th, with a narrow fairway moving left to right and water on the right all the way through the green.
If you’re in the area in late September, check out the Web.com Tour Championship. Tickets are less expensive than The Players, but the level of competition is nearly as strong. And plenty will be on the line at TPC Sawgrass.
If you go
Web.com Tour Championship
TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach
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