FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sunday, March 12th, 2023
NOTES AND QUOTES – SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER WINS THE 2023 PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP ON NBC AND PEACOCK
“It was Tiger-esque…he cruised. He controlled the tournament.” – Paul McGinley on Scheffler on Live From The PLAYERS
“He doesn’t care about the other players on the golf course. He doesn’t care who’s playing with him…he just cares about controlling the controllables.” – Brad Faxon on Scheffler
“It was a no-doubter today once he got going.” – Paul Azinger on Scheffler
“This is just bubble golf. He’s playing golf in a bubble. Completely locked in.” – John Wood on Scheffler
STAMFORD, Conn. – March 12, 2023 – NBC Sports presented exclusive final round coverage of The PLAYERS Championship from The Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., on NBC and Peacock.
Scottie Scheffler (-17) won by five strokes, joining Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus as the only players to simultaneously hold PLAYERS Championship and Masters titles.
Golf Central Live From The PLAYERS followed with post-round coverage on GOLF Channel and Peacock.
Mike Tirico hosted coverage while Dan Hicks handled play-by-play duties and Paul Azinger served as analyst. Curt Byrum and Brad Faxon called holes while John Wood, Notah Begay III and Smylie Kaufman served as on-course reporters. Damon Hack handled reports and interviews.
Rich Lerner, Brandel Chamblee and Paul McGinley anchored Live From The PLAYERS post-round coverage. Following are notes and quotes from today’s coverage.
PLAYERS Championship – Final Results
ON SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER (-17, Champion)
Paul Azinger: “The way he did it, the way he handled his nerves…what an impressive player that he’s turned out to be. It was a no-doubter today once he got going…we watched him lose that big lead at the Tour Championship and while we don’t root for anyone, it was nice to see him close it out.”
Paul McGinley on Live From: “At risk of using that term too much, it was Tiger-esque…you knew he had another gear. He cruised, he didn’t make mistakes…he controlled the tournament. A classic performance.”
Brandel Chamblee on Live From: “An incredible run that he is on…he’s won six of the last 27 events. He’s changed in ways that statistics can’t really bear out, but it is fun to watch.”
John Wood: “When Hatton made that charge and got in, it really felt like Scottie Scheffler got sharper. Sometimes you can’t help but react to who you’re playing with, but once Hatton got in, it felt like Scottie said, “Ok, now I know what I have to do.’”
Brad Faxon: “He doesn’t care about the other players on the golf course. He doesn’t care who’s playing with him…he just cares about controlling the controllables. I think the round he played with McIlroy at the Tour Championship, he learned he got a little out of sorts playing with Rory.”
Curt Byrum: “Tee to green, Scottie Scheffler has absolutely taken this field apart this week. He’s been so strong and he didn’t even really need his putter this week. It’s been okay, but nothing special.”
Wood following birdie on No. 12 to increase lead to six: “This is just bubble golf. He’s playing golf in a bubble. Completely locked in.”
Dan Hicks on Scheffler’s third birdie in a row on the 10th hole: “Just when you think he’s hearing some noise, he makes his own noise with three in a row.”
ON MIN WOO LEE (-8, T-8th)
Azinger on Lee hitting it in the water on No. 4: “That’s probably the worst wedge shot he’s hit in five years.”
Wood on Lee hitting it in the water on No. 4: “There’s nothing that drives a professional crazy more than making the smart play and then messing it up.”
Hicks following Lee’s drive left on 11: “He just has no confidence in the driver…this championship is spiraling away in a hurry and it came down to the driver. It’s got him in jail on 11.”
ON TYRRELL HATTON (-12, 2nd)
Azinger on Hatton shooting 29 on the back nine: “That’s some of the best pressure golf you will ever see.”