PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- In celebration of defending champion Matt Kuchar's recent win at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship, THE PLAYERS Championship is extending the entry deadline for its online contest, "Kuch's Krew," in which one lucky fan (and his or her "Krew") will win a trip to THE PLAYERS, May 6-12, at THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. The promotion, which launched on Jan. 24, will end at midnight on March 3. This gives fans a few extra days to submit videos in hopes of being selected as the five-time tournament winner’s "Krew."
Fans are encouraged to visit PGATOUR.COM/theplayers for instructions on how to submit a video that describes why they want to be a part of Kuchar’s gallery at THE PLAYERS 2013. A panel of experts will judge entries based on creativity, originality and style and will narrow the field down to three finalists. In March, fans will vote for their favorite video, with the winning Krew chosen by the end of the month.
The winning Krew will be flown to Jacksonville, Fla., for THE PLAYERS. The trip will include five nights’ hotel accommodation, rental car, food expenses and, of course, week-long tickets to the tournament. As part of their PLAYERS experience, Kuch’s Krew will have the opportunity to meet Kuchar in person, attend some VIP events with him and experience a PGA TOUR event from behind the scenes. The Krew can contain two, three or four members and must have one participant who is 25 years of age or older to participate.
On Sunday, Kuchar defeated defending champion Hunter Mahan, 2 and 1, in the final match of the Accenture Match Play Championship for his first World Golf Championships victory. In his six matches en route to victory, Kuchar never had to play the 18th hole. Only Luke Donald (2011) had won the Accenture Match Play Championship without playing the final hole in any of his six matches. Kuchar joins Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott, Henrik Stenson and Tiger Woods as players who have won both a PLAYERS Championships title and a World Golf Championships event. He joins Mickelson and Woods as the only players with a PLAYERS title, a World Golf Championships win and a win in the FedExCup Playoffs.
The Kuch's Krew promotion, in conjunction with Kuchar's sponsor, Bridgestone Golf, celebrates a recent trend of avid player fan clubs surfacing at THE PLAYERS. For several years, Sergio Garcia has been supported by the “Sergio Boys,” a band of seven local teenagers, many of whom have been friends since they were in kindergarten, who started following Garcia during the final round of the 2007 PLAYERS and wore tie-dyed golf shirts emblazoned with Garcia’s name (first name on the front, last name on the back) to support his 2008 win at the event. In 2011, when K.J. Choi became the first Asian player to win THE PLAYERS Championship, six self-proclaimed "good ole boys" from Tennessee donned black "Choi's Bois" t-shirts and followed Choi as he defeated David Toms in a sudden-death playoff for the biggest win of his career.
"Winning THE PLAYERS last year was definitely a career highlight, and I'm so excited to defend my title in a few months," Kuchar said. "To know that I'll have my very own Krew to support me every step of the way, among what are already the some of the best crowds on TOUR, will make it even more special. I can't wait to see what kinds of videos are submitted, and I look forward to meeting my Krew in May!"
THE PLAYERS will return to the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass May 6-12, 2013. More information about THE PLAYERS is available at PGATOUR.COM/theplayers.