Nine-time PGA Tour winner Jordan Spieth will join defending champion Rickie Fowler and some of the biggest names in golf next week at the 2016 PLAYERS Championship.
The defending FedExCup champion, Spieth shared the 2014 PLAYERS lead through 54 holes with eventual champion Martin Kaymer. He faltered on the final day, however, shooting a 2-over 74. Spieth’s five-win performance in 2015 earned him PGA Tour Player of the Year honors, and vaulted him to the No. 1 spot in the Official World Golf Ranking, in addition to helping him win the FedExCup. This season, Spieth has already claimed victory at the Tournament of Champions in Maui, where he triumphed by eight shots.
Fowler orchestrated the greatest finish in the history of THE PLAYERS Championship last year, playing the final four holes in 11 shots, going birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie to set a tournament record over that stretch of holes. His finish in regulation earned him a spot in the first three-hole aggregate playoff in the history of THE PLAYERS against Sergio Garcia and Kevin Kisner.
After Garcia was eliminated in the three-hole playoff, Fowler defeated Kisner on the first sudden-death hole, the 17th, which he birdied for the third time that day, and the fifth time for the week. The win was the second of his career and first at THE PLAYERS in six attempts, his previous best finish a T2 in 2012. So far this season, Fowler has five top-10s in 10 starts, including a playoff loss at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.