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If you were at TPC Sawgrass on Thursday and watched Adam Scott tee off on his first hole, the Australian’s full resume was not made clear.
In fact, according to how things are run at the Players Championship, being the reigning Masters champion doesn’t matter much.
The custom at every golf tournament is for each player to be introduced before they tee off each day by the starter. Usually it goes something like this:
Up next, from Rancho Santa Fe, California, three-time Masters champion and one-time PGA Championship winner Phil Mickelson.
You get the vital stats: Name, residence and career highlights. Boom. Done.
At the Players Championship, golf’s “unofficial fifth major” that is put on by the PGA Tour (which the four majors are not), things are done a bit differently.
Scott started his tournament on the 10th hole Thursday, something that seems wrong in itself. And to make matters worse, Scott was introduced as the 2004 Players Championship winner.
There was not a mention of what took place at Augusta National last month. Not a peep. Was a poor choice of wardrobe to blame? After all, Scott wore a green golf shirt on Wednesday, but yesterday he was in a shade of red.
The reason, it turns out, is that the Players Championship only acknowledges a player’s resume from the tournament when he is introduced.
Doesn’t this seem a little, uh, strange? Imagine what it's like hearing Jack Nicklaus, the winner of 18 major championships, introduced at the Players?
“Now on the tee, from North Palm Beach, Florida, three-time Players champion Jack Nicklaus.”
Yeah, something’s definitely missing.
Well, officials made up for it on Friday. Maybe because they heard Scott speak up, they decided to go ahead and mention that Masters title when he teed off late in the afternoon with Rory McIlroy and Steve Stricker.
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