Old Date Could Mark A New Day For Players Championship

The Players Championship moved to its current date in early May in 2007. (Chris Keane, Reuters/Action Images)
The Players Championship moved to its current date in early May in 2007.
(Chris Keane, Reuters/Action Images)

What if the Players Championship went back to its old date near the end of March?

There would be no NFL draft to overshadow it, as it has done this week, even in the Jacksonville area where the Jaguars’ future apparently is a more pressing matter than who’s leading at the course Pete and Alice Dye built.


There might also be better grass on the greens because the Bermuda could be over-seeded with rye rather than relying on the sometimes unreliable promise of early-spring warmth to assure proper putting surfaces on all 18 greens.

Sure, the Players would go back to being a run-up to the Masters, a role that Tour officials didn’t like, and the NCAA basketball tournament would be an attention grabber but the tournament worked pretty well before it was moved out of March in 2007.

That’s not to say it hasn’t worked in May but even Commissioner Tim Finchem broached the subject of a move back to March during his news conference on Tuesday.

“If we’re continuing to do everything we can and it just is a continuing weather problem that we can’t beat, I suppose we’d rethink the date,” Finchem said.

Just to be clear, though, Finchem isn’t advocating a date change. It’s just a thought. … But not a terrible one.

“I think moving the date is unlikely,” Finchem said.

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