There’s a secret feature in the design of the new Players Championship trophy

March 12, 2019

The Players Championship has been re-born in 2019. It has a new date on the schedule, a new song, and a new Players Championship trophy as it bids to become golf’s fifth major.

I’ll be honest: I was slightly sad when I first heard that the crystal Players Championship trophy was going away. But once I started learning more about the new trophy, my sadness quickly subsided. There’s so much thought put into the new trophy.

As the PGA Tour noted when it unveiled the Players Championship trophy, the trophy features a mix of sterling silver and 24k gold vermeil and utilizes a process called “electroforming.” It clocks in at 7 ¾ inches in diameter, 17 inches tall, and 7.6 pounds in weight.

It’s also a nice touch that the swinging golfer himself is standing on an outline of the 17th island green.

Look at the face!

The Players Championship has unveiled a brand new trophy for this year's event.
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But the most fascinating of all, in my opinion, is this hidden secret feature that the Tour used to construct the Players Championship trophy’s face:

“That process alone was fascinating, but it entered the realm of state-of-the-art to come up with the mold for the golfer used. Starting with the inspiration of the swinging golfer in the longtime iconic PGA TOUR logo, then applying sophisticated computer modeling, designers incorporated aspects of each of the 38 different winners of THE PLAYERS – from Nicklaus to Simpson.”

That’s right; the designers combined 38 former Players champions into one design to give the Players Championship trophy its face.

From this:

To this:


And then, finally, the Players Championship trophy in all its glory.

 


So the next time you’re looking to impress your buddies during a round, drop this little fun fact. And of course, when the trophy’s hoisted on Sunday, keep an eye on the face of the trophy itself.