After makeover, TPC Sawgrass remains difficult test at The Players

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Emerging from swampland more than 35 years ago, the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass has always been a good walk often spoiled by the dangers resting from the first tee to the 18th green.

Built by the devilish hands of Pete Dye, the course is a visually intimidating track full of water hazards, thin fairways, potholes, craters, mounds, sharp edges and deep, vast bunkers and waste areas.

Home since 1982 to The Players Championship, the PGA Tour’s flagship event, Dye’s gem has terrified even the game’s best players. Dye’s goal was to make the players sweat — over every shot. Goal achieved. With its democratic design — it favors no particular player — the course demands usage of every club in the bag and tests every aspect in the player’s arsenal.

Over the years, the course has been tweaked and the greens softened. While it remained a stern test, the layout had grown a bit tired in recent years. But in keeping with the Tour’s…

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