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May 06, 2013
Now who's the best player never to have won a major? What's the best hole at Sawgrass not on an island? Are you taking Tiger or Stevie in the race to 18? And who will be the 2013 Players champ?
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May 06, 2013

Pga Tour Confidential

Now who's the best player never to have won a major? What's the best hole at Sawgrass not on an island? Are you taking Tiger or Stevie in the race to 18? And who will be the 2013 Players champ?

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Shipnuck: Gary, are you asking which one is better than most?

Van Sickle: That's exactly what I'm asking, Alan.

Shipnuck: That's my answer. Tiger did win the year he made that crazy putt with Gary Koch's famous call on 17, didn't he? Really, other than Tiger's putt, Craig Perks's chipping in on 18 or Hal Sutton's approach to the last hole, can you even remember any other shots?

Anonymous Pro: Perks was ridiculous. His win was a clinic in scrambling all four rounds.

Shipnuck: Think how many times you've heard someone say, "Be the right club ... to-day!" So it has to be Hal Sutton's win when he uttered that iconic line.

Bamberger: I'd like the record to show that in the history of Northern California, nobody has done a worse Southern accent than Alan just did.

Garrity: There are two choices. One is Perks. The guy played the last three holes with one putt. He chips in for eagle at 16, makes a long birdie putt at 17 and chips in for par when it looks like he's blowing it at 18. He missed two two-footers earlier. It was hysterical, one of the greatest finishes of all time.

Anonymous Pro: What's the other choice?

Garrity: I don't remember any shots Stephen Ames hit when he won [in 2006], but he was beaten by Tiger in the match play tournament that year 9 and 8, and that result became his nickname. It was one of the great humiliations because Ames had said something derogatory about Tiger before the match. Well, Ames shoots 67, wins the Players by eight and beats Tiger by 15. That was a great role reversal.

Anonymous Pro: I liked the year Davis Love III won [2003]. It was cold and nasty the last round, and the tournament was still played in March when the greens were better and the rough was tougher. Davis hit some clutch shots that day, especially the one at 16 from the pine straw under the trees.

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