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    • PLAYERS Championship: No. 17 over the years

    • Six players have made holes-in-one at TPC Sawgrass' island-green 17th hole. (Stan Badz/PGA TOUR) Six players have made holes-in-one at TPC Sawgrass' island-green 17th hole. (Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)

    TPC Sawgrass' 17th hole is famous for its island green. It's the course's shortest hole, which is why the vast majority of players are able to find the green in regulation. The penalty is severe for those who miss their mark, though. More than 10 percent of tee shots since 2003 -- 525 of 4,803 -- have found the water. Here's a closer look at how players have fared at the 17th since 2003, and how players have performed on the hole compared to other par-3s of a similar length.

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    BALLS IN WATER
    Year Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Rd. 3 Rd. 4 Total
    2003 6 10 3 10 29
    2004 9 10 4 7 30
    2005 7 8 25 28 68
    2006 19 17 12 9 57
    2007 50 21 10 12 93
    2008 20 18 10 16 64
    2009 16 6 4 6 32
    2010 7 8 5 9 29
    2011 12 14 8 6 40
    2012 18 11 4 6 39
    2013 15 9 7 13 44
    Total 179 132 92 122 525
               
    SCORING AVERAGE
    Year Par-3s measuring 125-150 yards 17th at TPC Difference
    2003 2.96 3.04 +0.08
    2004 2.96 3.02 +0.06
    2005 3.00 3.21 +0.21
    2006 2.99 3.25 +0.26
    2007 2.99 3.38 +0.39
    2008 2.93 3.30 +0.37
    2009 2.86 3.03 +0.17
    2010 2.89 3.01 +0.12
    2011 2.84 3.05 +0.21
    2012 2.88 3.05 +0.17
    2013 2.91 3.06 +0.15
           
    GREENS IN REGULATION PERCENTAGE
    Year Par-3s measuring
    125-150 yards
    17th at TPC Difference
    2003 74.19% 77.10% +2.91%
    2004 74.90% 78.20% +3.30%
    2005 75.33% 76.90% +1.57%
    2006 73.23% 74.50% +1.27%
    2007 74.75% 67.04% -7.71%
    2008 76.75% 70.49% -6.26%
    2009 75.11% 82.80% +7.69%
    2010 75.80% 86.48% +10.68%
    2011 74.20% 78.11% +3.91%
    2012 75.60% 83.90% +8.30%
    2013 77.09% 83.41% +6.32%
           
    SCORING AVERAGE WHEN HITTING GREEN IN REGULATION
    Year Par-3s measuring
    125-150 yards
    17th at TPC Difference
    2003 2.79 2.84 +0.05
    2004 2.82 2.85 +0.03
    2005 2.82 2.87 +0.05
    2006 2.81 2.97 +0.16
    2007 2.83 2.94 +0.11
    2008 2.79 2.97 +0.18
    2009 2.83 2.85 +0.02
    2010 2.75 2.87 +0.12
    2011 2.67 2.81 +0.14
    2012 2.72 2.85 +0.13
    2013 2.70 2.84 +0.14
           
    SCORING AVERAGE WHEN MISSING GREEN
    Year Par-3s measuring
    125-150 yards
    17th at TPC Difference
    2003 3.44 3.72 +0.28
    2004 3.41 3.65 +0.24
    2005 3.56 4.35 +0.79
    2006 3.48 4.08 +0.60
    2007 3.51 4.29 +0.78
    2008 3.41 4.10 +0.69
    2009 3.44 3.87 +0.43
    2010 3.34 3.90 +0.56
    2011 3.34 3.93 +0.59
    2012 3.38 4.04 +0.66
    2013 3.36 4.16 +0.80
           
    PROXIMITY TO HOLE
    Year Par-3s measuring
    125-150 yards
    17th at TPC Difference
    2003 23 feet,  11 inches 25' 9" -1' 10"
    2004 25' 7" 24' 8" +11"
    2005 25' 4" 26' 4" -1' 0"
    2006 25' 3" 32' 2" -6' 11"
    2007 23' 5" 27' 11" -4' 6"
    2008 22' 6" 28' 10" -6' 4"
    2009 22' 2" 25' 4" -3' 2"
    2010 21' 2" 23' 10" -2' 8"
    2011 24' 6" 24' 8" -2"
    2012 21' 2" 24' 6" -3' 4"
    2013 23' 3" 22' 8" +7"
           
    HIGHEST SCORES AT 17
    Year Name Round Score
    2005 Bob Tway 3 12
    1990 Robert Gamez 3 11
    1990 Phil Blackmar 2 10
    2012 Angel Cabrera 1 9
    1990 Roger Maltbie 2 9
    1983 Rex Caldwell 2 9
           
    HOLES-IN-ONE AT NO. 17
    Year Name Round
    1986 Brad Fabel 1
    1991 Brian Claar 3
    1997 Fred Couples 4
    1999 Joey Sindelar 1
    2000 Paul Azinger 3
    2002 Miguel Angel Jimenez 1

    Note: There have been 5,207 tee shots (in regulation) on the 17th hole since the last hole-in-one, recorded by Miguel Angel Jimenez in 2002.

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