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    • Photo Story: Behind the scenes, TPC Sawgrass clubhouse

    • A view of the 18th green and the TPC Sawgrass clubhouse (Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)A view of the 18th green and the TPC Sawgrass clubhouse (Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)

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    TPC Sawgrass has hosted THE PLAYERS Championship since 1982, while the Mediterranean-style, 77,000 square foot clubhouse that looms behind the 18th green opened 25 years later. PGA TOUR photographer Chris Condon gives you a behind-the-scenes look at players-only areas in the palatial building:

      The clubs of former PLAYERS champions are displayed in the TPC Sawgrass clubhouse. A MacGregor driver used by three-time PLAYERS champion Jack Nicklaus is on the far right. Nicklaus won three of the first five PLAYERS, including the inaugural tournament in 1974 at Atlanta Country Club. A 52-degree wedge used by 2007 PLAYERS champion Phil Mickelson also is in the display, along with a wedge and fairway wood used by two-time PLAYERS winner Tiger Woods (2001, 2013).

      This barber chair moved with THE PLAYERS Championship across Florida State Road A1A from Sawgrass Country Club to TPC Sawgrass. The chair was in the clubhouse at Sawgrass Country Club, which hosted THE PLAYERS from 1977 to 1981. “Tradition has it that players who have had a bad round sit in it while being grilled by fellow competitors,” reads a plaque at the chair’s base. The swinging doors on the left lead to the champions’ locker room, while a player lounge that includes a ping-pong and pool table, flat-screen televisions and leather chairs is on the right. Past PLAYERS champions are listed on the walls behind the chair.

      The above photos shows the smaller champions’ locker room, which is only used by past PLAYERS winners. Eight past champions are scheduled to compete in this year's tournament. The champions’ locker room has two leather chairs and a flat-screen television. Below is the general locker room, which is used by the rest of the field. It is the members’ locker room during the remainder of the year.

      Players headed from the clubhouse to the course depart through this tunnel, shown below. The walls are lined by photos of past champions. A plaque that reads, “Through this tunnel pass the greatest golfers in the world competing for the right to be called THE PLAYERS champion,” is the last thing players see before exiting through double doors.

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