1-Under Weekly – The Players Championship

By Callum Ferguson

Welcome to the first issue of 1-Under Weekly; covering all things golf from the professional game all the way to grass roots level, which will highlight topics and events within golf as well as providing an insight into the game from my own point of view.

With the new golfing season soon approaching and the weather getting better (hopefully), it is time to get the clubs back out of the garage and start shanking it on the first tee again.

On March 14, the Players Championship will be underway, with the championship being a much-loved competition for the players and the fans.

Dubbed the ‘fifth major’ the Players Championship will host the best golfers at the TPC Sawgrass.

The field is set to include all of the best players, making it an exciting competition to watch and participate in.

The likes of Rory McIlory, Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson and many more will all be at the competition.

Webb Simpson will be hoping to create a piece of history by being the first player to retain the Players Championship. Last year he won the championship with an impressive four shot lead, finishing on the Sunday -18.

Highlights from Webb Simpsons final round at the 2018 Players Championship

However he will have to fend off some tough competition if he is to successfully retain the championship. Francesco Molinari will come into the championship with lots of confidence after winning the Arnold Palmer invitational last weekend. The Italian had a fantastic year last season, after his magnificent performance at the Ryder Cup and looks as though his form could continue into this season.

Another player who could impress at the Players Championship is Dustin Johnson. After a frustrating previous couple of seasons with injury, Johnson has reasserted his position as the current world number 1 in the Official Golf Ranking. His recent win in the Mexico Championship was his 20thcareer title. The big-hitter has played his way back into fantastic form and could storm the pack this week.

All that being said, I believe that the player to watch this week will be none other than Tiger Woods. The 43-year-old has had to be patient and play himself back into form over the last few seasons.

With various injuries troubling him down the line (the most recent a neck strain causing him to withdraw from the Arnold Invitational), Tiger will be hoping to put that behind and concentrate on making a good score. Despite coming into the championship only hitting 64.29% of fairways, I think that Tiger’s experience will help him in the championship. If his injury doesn’t cause him too much pain, I think Tiger will make the cut for the weekend.

Callum Does

A regular feature of the weekly column will be ‘Callum Does’, where I will be re-creating famous golf shots. Each time, I will have five attempts to try and either re-create the shot or get as close as I can to doing so.

This week, I have decided to try and re-create Tiger Wood’s 60-foot putt on the famous par 3 hole 17 in the 2001 Players Championship. With the pressure on him, Tiger took his time to read the green, and then amazingly made the putt for birdie. The world number one at the time went on to win the Players Championship by a single shot. At my home golf course, The Royal Eastbourne Golf Club, I measured out 60 feet on the fourth green and tried to emulate Tiger’s magic.

Click on the links below to see Tiger’s shot, then my attempt to re-create it.

Tiger Wood’s amazing putt on the hole 17 at the Players Championship 2001

My attempt to re-create Tiger Wood’s 60-foot putt

Sub-edited by Sam Carroll

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