The World Golf Hall of Fame will open an exhibit in early May that will highlight The Players Championship and the Players Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass.
“The Players Experience,” will be in a 1,500-square foot space in the museum in St. Augustine and will give guests an interactive history lesson on the PGA Tour’s signature tournament. There will be displays honoring past multiple winners such as Jack Nicklaus, Fred Couples, Davis Love III and Tiger Woods, and the history of the Pete Dye-designed course.
Fans also will be able to experience the pressure of what it’s like to play the Island Green at the par-3 17th hole.
The Hall of Fame and Museum also will offer free admission during the month of May for all fans who bring their Players Championship tickets.
The Players will be May 11-14 at the Stadium Course.
PGA Tour Volunteer
Voting is now open for the PGA Tour’s Volunteer Challenge, with The Players Championship among 16 Tour events participating in the campaign sponsored by Myrbetriq.
From now through May 13 at 2 p.m. (the day of the third round of The Players), friends, family, co-workers and the public can visit pgatour.com/volunteers and vote for a participating volunteer team from among the more than 2,000 Players volunteers.
If voters are not familiar with a Players volunteer team, they can vote for the tournament. The winning team will be able to present a check for $10,000 to their favorite charity on behalf of Astellas Pharma US, and the tournament can receive another $65,000 based on the total number of votes for Players volunteer teams.
Astellas Pharma US has donated more than $1 million to charities sponsored by PGA Tour events.
Woods staying busy
Tiger Woods hit a couple of golf shots earlier this week.
One wasn’t so good. The other was.
Woods was appearing at a news conference announcing the course he is designing in Hollister, Mo., “Payne’s Valley.” The course is named for Missouri native and World Golf Hall of Fame member Payne Stewart and is being built on land owned by Bass Pro Shops CEO Johnny Morris — and on the site of the older Murder Rock course, designed by John Daly but closed in 2013.
Woods hit two shots to a par-3 hole, landing one short and in rocks, but putting the other 10 feet from the hole. He said on a video released by PGA Tour Entertainment that he’s having “good days and bad days” after three back surgeries.
He hasn’t played since shooting a 77 in the European PGA Tour’s event in Dubai on Feb. 2.
Michelob Ultra has extended its marketing relationship as the official beer sponsor of the PGA Tour and PGA Tour Champions through 2020. Its presence includes the Ultra Club, a public hospitality venue at The Players. … Publix is sponsoring a covered fan bleacher area overlooking the re-designed par-4 12th hole of the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. The area will be double-sided and also offer views of the par-3 13th hole. … Fans can vote for the player hitting the best shot, based on degree of difficulty, in the MetLife Match Up.” Each week at Tour events aired on CBS, two players who hit the best shots under difficult situations will be highlighted and fans can cast votes for the best shot at pgatour.com/MetLife. The season winner will earn $1 million. … Ian Poulter needs to make $30,624 or more this week at the Valero Texas Open (a solo finish of 36th or better) to secure his card for the rest of the season. This is his last start on a major medical extension after he suffered a foot injury last year at the same tournament.
Event: Valero Texas Open, Thursday-Sunday, TPC San Antonio, AT&T Oaks Course.
At stake: $6.2 million purse ($1,116,000 and 500 FedEx Cup points to the winner).
Defending champion: Charley Hoffman.
TV: Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, 3:30-6:30 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 1-2:30 p.m.). CBS (Saturday-Sunday, 3-6 p.m.,).
Area players entered: Blayne Barber, Bud Cauley, Matt Every, Billy Horschel, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Sam Saunders, Steve Wheatcroft, Tim Wilkinson.
Notable: Hoffman defeated Patrick Reed by one shot. … Reed (No. 15) and Kuchar (No. 20) are the highest-ranked players in the field. … U.S. Amateur champion Curtis Luck of Australia, who made the cut at the Masters, is making his professional debut.
PGA Tour Champions
Event: Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf, Friday-Sunday, Buffalo Ridge Springs, Top of the Rock, Ridgedale, Mo.
At stake: $2.4 million purse ($460,000 to the winning team).
Defending champions: Woody Austin-Michael Allen.
TV: Golf Channel (Friday, 12-3 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 5-7 p.m.).
Area players entered (partners): Davis Love III (Scott Verplank), Fred Funk (Jeff Sluman), Vijay Singh (Carlos Franco), Sandy Lyle (Ian Woosnam).
Notable: Each team will play a four-ball round at Buffalo Ridge (par-71) and then two rounds at the par-3 Top of the Rock course, with each round consisting of nine holes of four-ball and nine of modified alternate shot. … Steve Stricker is playing with Jerry Kelly in this event, and the two will also be partners in the PGA Tour’s Zurich Classic next week, which goes to a team format. … Austin and Allen are breaking up the team. Austin will play with Mark Calcavecchia and Allen with John Daly. … Other teams include Fred Couples-Jay Haas, Lee Janzen-Rocco Mediate, Tom Lehman-Loren Roberts and in the Legends Division, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player.
Event: United Leasing & Finance Championship, Thursday-Sunday, Victoria National Golf Club, Newburgh, Ind.
At stake: $600,000 purse ($108,000 to the winner).
Defending champion: Seamus Power.
TV: Golf Channel (Thursday, 12-3 p.m.; Friday, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 3-5 p.m.).
Area players entered: Chris Baker, Jonathan Byrd, Vince Covello, Luke Guthrie, Ben Kohles, Scott Wolfes.
Notable: Power shot 67 in the final round to beat three players by one shot.