17th at TPC Sawgrass: Water stats

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A few facts and figures regarding balls in the water at the 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass, one of the most iconic holes in golf with its famous island green.
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Since 2003, players losing a ball in the water at the 17th hole happens approximately 11 percent of the time during THE PLAYERS Championship. That percentage, however, has been lower in the four most recent years.

Year Balls in the water Number of shot attempts
Pct. of balls in water
2003 29 423 7 percent
2004 30 459 7 percent
2005 68 454 15 percent
2006 57 435 13 percent
2007 93 443 21 percent
2008 64 427 15 percent
2009 32 436 7 percent
2010 29 429 7 percent
2011 40 434 9 percent
2012 39 423 9 percent
Total 481 4,363 11 percent


These players have the longest active streak of avoidng the water at the 17th hole.

Player Rounds without finding water Most recent PLAYERS appearance
Robert Allenby 36 2012
John Rollins 30 2012
Vijay Singh 29 2012
Kevin Sutherland 28 2011
Tim Petrovic 26 2011
Padraig Harrington 19 2012
Jonathan Byrd 17 2012
Kenny Perry 16 2011
Brian Gay 14 2012
Stewart Cink 12 2012
Jerry Kelly 12 2012


These players have found the water the most times since 2003

Balls in water Player(s)
9 Bob Tway
8 Heath Slocum, Bob Estes, Aaron Baddeley
7 Phil Mickelson, Shigeki Maruyama
6 Sean O'Hair, Charles Howell III, Woody Austin, Jim Furyk
5 Bubba Watson, Billy Mayfair, Kent Jones, Lucas Glover
4 Davis Love III, Brian Davis, Corey Pavin, Angel Cabrera, Daniel Chopra, Mark Wilson, Mike Weir, Ernie Els, Matt Kuchar, Geoff Ogilvy, Paul Casey, Ted Purdy, Scott McCarron, Ben Curtis, Sergio Garcia, Joey Sindelar, Chad Campbell, Jose Coceres, Tim Clark
3 Frank Lickliter II, Paul Goydos, D.J. Trahan, Graeme McDowell, Rory Sabbatini, Greg Owen, Steve Elkington, Hank Kuehne, Pat Perez, Tiger Woods, Retief Goosen, Trevor Immelman, Dudley Hart, J.J. Henry, Fred Couples, Bo Van Pelt, Fred Funk, Brandt Snedeker, Ben Crane, Charley Hoffman, David Toms, Charlie Wi, Adam Scott, Justin Rose, Robert Gamez, Chris Couch, Ryan Moore, Kirk Triplett, Camilo Villegas, Lee Westwood, Shaun Micheel, Chris DiMarco, Stephen Leaney, Luke Donald, Steve Lowery, Mark O'Meara, Carl Pettersson, Brett Quigley, Harrison Frazar, J.B. Holmes, Zach Johnson