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Sunday, March 17th, 2024

NOTES AND QUOTES – SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER WINS THE 2024 PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP ON NBC AND PEACOCK

“You know what No. 1 is? It’s when you do what he does. The consistency under pressure the last couple of years.” – Mike Tirico on 2024 PLAYERS Champion Scottie Scheffler

“Unbelievable! How did that not drop?” – Dan Hicks on Wyndham Clark’s lip-out on No. 18 to force playoff

“Go ahead and do…you’ve got to be kidding me. That’s got to be the cruelest, most brutal lip-out I’ve ever seen.” – Rich Lerner on Clark’s 18th hole lip-out on Live From The PLAYERS

STAMFORD, Conn. – March 17, 2024 – NBC Sports presented 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 fired a final round 64 to defeat Wyndham Clark, Xander Schauffele, and Brian Harman by one shot, becoming the first player in PLAYERS Championship history to repeat as champion.

Golf Central Live From The PLAYERS followed with post-round coverage on GOLF Channel and Peacock.

Dan Hicks and Mike Tirico handled play-by-play duties, while Kevin Kisner and Brad Faxon served as analysts. John Wood, Smylie Kaufman, Notah Begay III and Curt Byrum served as on-course reporters, while 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 Round Leaderboard

Player Total
Scottie Scheffler -20
Brian Harman -19
Wyndham Clark -19
Xander Schauffele -19
Matt Fitzpatrick -16

 

ON SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER (-20, Champion)

Hicks following Scheffler’s final round 64: “No. 1 in strokes gained tee-to-green this week, the familiar refrain with Scheffler. Driving accuracy No. 1 at 80 percent and then the putting, which had been the negative narrative for so long – he turned that around and all of a sudden he’s just about bullet-proof.”

Scheffler to Kaufman on overcoming a neck injury throughout the week: “I’m a pretty competitive guy and I didn’t want to give up in the tournament. I did what I could to hang around until my neck got better and I’m just very thankful.”

Tirico on defining the No. 1 player in the world: “You know what No. 1 is? It’s when you do what he does. The consistency under pressure the last couple of years and now he has the chance to go back-to-back weeks winning on the PGA TOUR.”

Kisner prior to Scheffler’s eagle hole-out on No. 4: “This one ‘oughta be dancing around the hole.”

Kaufman on caddie Ted Scott flashing the number six after the hole-out: “The bet is, if (Scottie) has 10 hole-outs this year, I’ve got to pay him at the end of the year. And Scottie said, ‘We’re already at six, so…” (Ted) is already starting to get the wallet out.”

Hicks on No. 8: “Scottie Scheffler is turning back into Scottie Scheffler and his confidence grows with each and every shot.”

Kisner: “He looks like he’s back to the World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler that I’m used to watching.”

Kisner on Scheffler’s putting: “I love his routine. No line on the ball, just looking and reacting.”

ON WYNDHAM CLARK (-19, T-2nd)

Hicks on Clark’s lip-out on 18th hole to force playoff: “Unbelievable! How did that not drop?”

Kisner: “He two-stepped it early. Even after it started spinning out, he stepped again.”

Lerner on Live From THE PLAYERS: “Go ahead and do…you’ve got to be kidding me. That’s got to be the cruelest, most brutal lip-out I’ve ever seen.”

Wood on the wind at No. 17: “Just to add to the difficulty this is the hardest the wind has blown all week long. It’s blowing a good 15 mph right now and you can feel it.”

Faxon on the long pre-shot discussions between Clark and caddie John Ellis affecting his putts: “When you get into this situation, slow players slow down and fast players speed up and (Clark) has certainly slowed it down.”

Kisner after Clark missed fairway on No. 11: “Seems to be a little off, pulling the iron shots and over-curving the driver.”

Kisner on the communication between Clark and Ellis: “Love how much he’s asking his caddie John Ellis about shots he saw. He obviously had him watch the early coverage to see how balls are reacting on these greens.”

ON BRIAN HARMAN (-19, T-2nd)

Begay III on Harman checking the leaderboard: “I really love that about (Harman). He just wants to know exactly where he’s at because he’s not afraid of the moment.”

Kisner on Harman: “This guy has wanted the ball in his hands ever since I’ve known him, so it doesn’t shock me that he’s checking the leaderboard.”

Hicks on Harman’s finish: “He loves the course, he played his heart out this week. Another high finish but coming up a shot short.”

ON XANDER SCHAUFFELE (-19, T-2nd)

Faxon on Schauffele leaving his birdie putt short on 16: “Thought he’d be a little more aggressive there.”

Kisner: “You have to be.”

ON RORY MCILROY (-9. T-19th)

Hicks on Rory’s performance: “He hit five balls in the water this week, that’s the most in a PLAYERS Championship for him and it’s tied for the most of anyone this week… you can’t do it.”

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