Players Championship switches to three-hole aggregate playoff format

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The Players Championship's new playoff format means the three-hole shootout will end at the par-4 18th hole.
By John Holmes
PGA.com

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 | 4:50 p.m.

If there is a playoff at The Players Championship this season, it will be a three-hole aggregate shootout over the closing holes at the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. 

PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem announced today that the new format would see the playoff include the the par-5 16th hole, the par-3 17th and the par-4 18th. If the players are still tied, it would go to sudden death starting on the 17th. 

Until now, the tournament used a sudden-death format beginning on the island-green 17th.

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The change is significant in that it makes The Players Championship the only regular PGA Tour event not to use sudden death. Now, The Players joins the PGA Championship (three-hole aggregate) and British Open (four-hole aggregate) in using multi-hole formats. 

The Masters uses the standard sudden-death playoff, while the U.S. Open stages an 18-hole playoff.

For the record, there have been three playoffs since The Players moved to TPC Sawgrass in 1983. Sandy Lyle won on the third extra hole in 1987, while Sergio Garcia won on the first extra hole in 2008 and K.J. Choi won on the first extra hole in 2011.