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Golf Australia Express : May 2014
at the 72nd hole to seal a two-shot victory over Trinidad and Tobago’s Stephen Ames. With any luck this year, we’ll have players scratching and clawing at those three holes not once but twice on Sunday, with the PGA Tour announcing an overhaul of The Players’ playoff system, which will see tied competitors face off in a three-hole aggregate battle. Perks knows just how electrifying that prospect could be. “You have the risk-reward 16th, one of the most famous par-3 in all of golf and I think arguably the toughest finishing hole in championship golf,” he said. Anything could happen. Since The Players shifted to Sawgrass in 1983, the best score over those three holes was Perks’ 4-under, while the worst was a staggering 12- over. Tour commissioner Tim Finchem is almost wetting himself at the prospect of a Sunday triple treat. “Holes 16, 17 and 18 of The Players Stadium Course are perhaps the most dramatic closing holes in golf from a risk-reward standpoint, as they test all facets of a player’s physical and mental game while under the pressure of trying to win such a significant championship,” Finchem said. “Given the fact that winning The Players means you have defeated the strongest field in golf, we felt an aggregate playoff that incorporated these three holes was a more appropriate way to determine the champion,” Finchem said. The PGA has done its bit. And now the players just need to do the rest. OTG TELL US YOUR THOUGHTS TELL US YOUR THOUGHTS