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2022 The Players Championship Live free streaming, TV schedule: How to watch on Golf Channel, NBC, PGA Tour Live on ESPN+

‘The Players 2022’ streams live free: How to watch ‘golf’ Championship

The 2022 Players Championship takes place this Thursday, March 10 through Sunday, March 13 on the Stadium Players Course at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. 

Watch Online Free ‘The Players 2022’ Live Stream Here

The 2022 PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass starts on Thursday, March 10, 2022, and ends on March 13, 2022. Custom PGA Golf Office pools for the PLAYERS Championship are now available for setup since the field is mostly finalized.  The PGA Tour’s best players, but the world’s best players are bound for TPC Sawgrass for the Tour’s premier event of the season.

After Bryson DeChambeau withdrew late on Sunday night, 47 of the world’s top 50 players will tee it up this week at the 2022 Players Championship, where a $20 million purse is up for grabs, with a cool $3.6 million going to the winner.

Justin Thomas is defending his title at TPC Sawgrass, the 28-year-old shooting a closing 68 to hold off Lee Westwood by a shot a year ago at the Pete Dye course. Thomas, though, is marching against history if he hopes to repeat as the winner; since the tournament’s inception in 1974, no player has managed to win the tournament in back-to-back years.

Joining Thomas are marquee players like World No. 1 Jon Rahm, Collin Morikawa, Rory McIlroy, and Patrick Cantlay. The PGA Tour announced featured groups for the opening two rounds, with Thomas, McIlroy, and Morikawa making up one, and Rahm, Cantlay, and Viktor Hovland in another. 

2022 The Players Championship streaming schedule: How to watch online

Golf Channel and NBC Sports broadcast coverage can be streamed online. Fans can watch the PGA Tour online using GolfChannel.com and the NBC Sports app for live streaming. NBC coverage airs on the NBC Sports app, as well on NBCSports.com. For both of these channels, the TV schedule and live streaming schedule are the same.

PGA Tour Live is available for this event, which offers two exclusive streams of coverage (Featured Groups and Featured Holes) that start before broadcast TV coverage. It can be accessed with an ESPN+ subscription.

Here are 2022 The Players Championship TV times and a live streaming schedule to watch online.

INTRODUCTION TO TPC SAWGRASS

Much like the other Pete Dye designs we see on TOUR,  TPC Sawgrass is a positional course. It mitigates the advantage of longer hitters and rewards players with an elite approach and short game.

Once remnant swampland, the foundational property for TPC Sawgrass was purchased in the 1970s for $1. The goal was transforming it into a state-of-the-art tournament golf course to host THE PLAYERS Championship (I am transcribing from what my tour guide told me). Today, we see a modern marvel and the quintessential tournament stadium course with some of the most pristine manicuring in golf.

The stakes don’t get much higher than a purse of $20 million (top prize $3.6 million) in one of the toughest fields with an electric crowd. At par 72 sitting just under 7,200 yards, TPC Sawgrass rewards four days of well-rounded play.

How It Breaks Down

Looking at the hole-by-hole breakdown, there are five par 4s funneled to the 450-500 range, which is fairly standard on TOUR. In contrast to the Arnold Palmer Invitational which hosts the longest par-3 average on TOUR, the par 3s this week average some of 

the shortest lengths on TOUR. There is a fairly balanced distribution of approach shots from 100-250 yards compared to the PGA TOUR baseline.

So, I’ll look more closely at holistic SG: APP stats when modeling for this week. In general, the ability to gain strokes on approach and around the green is more difficult than average here. Players who excel in both categories should be set up well for success.

With water hazards on 17 holes, players must keep the ball in play and avoid double-or-worse. This event has been top five in most penalty strokes taken in each of the last five years.

The greens have seen a significant shift since the tournament moved from May to March in 2017. Due to the earlier, colder season, the Bermuda grass has needed to be overseeded with Poa and Bentgrass, a similar mix to what we see at the Valspar, AmEx, and WMPO. That contrasts with the rest of the Florida Swing. We must monitor how typical Bermuda specialists have fared on these new greens since 2017. 

My Experience Playing TPC Sawgrass

I played in severely different conditions than what the pros will see this week (e.g. not from the tips or in front of crowds of thousands). But, in a week where we are trying to use as much information as possible, I’ll share some highlights and learnings from my 

trip in November. Here are the main thoughts I had from my time on the course (live-tweet thread here).

Highlights of My Round

  • A 40-footer for birdie on the par-5 second hole
  • The best 7-iron of my life on the par-5 11th for birdie

An 8-iron in for my second shot on the par-5 16th after pull hooking my drive down the left side cart path

  • Hit the 17th green
  • Lowlights of My Round

Doubled the par-4 first hole after pulling my first drive into the trees and ricocheting a failed hero shot backward 

  • Missed an eight-foot eagle putt on 11
  • Three-putt par from 30 feet on 16

Made bogey on 17 after failing to go up and down from 40 feet away on the second cut

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