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The tiny 17th hole at Sawgrass is one golf’s most fun places to be – if you are watching rather than playing.

It is open to debate whether The Players Championship still deserves to be called golf’s unofficial fifth major.
But what is not in doubt is that the tiny 17th hole at Sawgrass is one of the sport’s most fun places to be – if you are watching rather than playing.
Surrounded by water except for the narrow walkway to the green, no hole has caused more mayhem over the years.
So much so that a count is kept of how many balls have gone in the lake over the last seven years – 29 in 2003, then 30, then 68, then 57, then 93, then 64 and then 32.
That is a total of 373 from the game’s biggest names.
Top score was the 12 taken by Boby Tway five years ago and in the week that he hopes to take over from Tiger Woods as world number one Phil Mickelson might not like to know that he is joint holder of the most tee shots put into the water with six.
There have, however, also been aces from Miguel Angel Jimenes, Paul Azinger, Joey Sindelar, Fred Couples, Brian Claar and Brad Fabel.
Woods called the hole “a little gimmicky” last year, but Mickelson commented: “I think it adds to the most exciting finish in golf.”
The 16th is a reachable par five with water right of the green and the 18th a tough par four with water alll the way down the left.

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