Yes or No: Is the Players the Fifth Major?


No, not to me. Yes, I’m middle-aged. Yes, I tend to be a golf traditionalist. But no, The Players Championship is not the fifth major. It just doesn’t have that major feel, those special major qualities.

Others see it differently.

Listen to the anecdote Sports Illustrated’s Michael Bamberger tells in the above video. And surprise, surprise, Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee is on the fifth-major bandwagon.

While discussing the famous par-3 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass with Johnny Miller, Nick Faldo and Tommy Roy during today’s media conference call, here’s what Chamblee said:

BRANDEL CHAMBLEE: I really do think this tournament should be a major. I absolutely think this tournament should be a major. I think one of the things that keeps it from really getting its due is the 17th hole. If you look at the way Augusta National or the Masters become a major, it grew into a major organically. There was a reverence there, an awe there, and over a period of time, people looked at it and went, this is a major. You can’t deny the quality of the people and the quality of this golf course. But there’s a contrived part of that 17th hole that makes it great TV; that makes it great drama; that I think just makes the feel of the golf course quirky. The rest of the golf course is fabulous. But, like Johnny, I love watching it as an analyst.

Interesting. What do you think?

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Neil Sagebiel

2 thoughts on “Yes or No: Is the Players the Fifth Major?”

  1. Excellent point but I thinbk you are right, lets face it, it is a little bit like a warm up at times, getting golfers into shape and testing their form and showing who might be winning the others. It's not a snub but it just isn't quite as important yet.

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