Planked! TPC Sawgrass 17th Gets Temporary Walkway

I've always hoped we'd see more of the Pirates of the Caribbean aesthetic return to the TPC Sawgrass.

But after hearing rumors of a weird contraption attached to the world famous 17th green, my hope was dashed because the pirate ship motif lands in the form of a temporary wooden plank-and-roped-walkway. This is designed to spread out walking wear-and-tear during the winter months and mostly, according to the PGA Tour's Ty Votaw, "might be able to use a back left pin placement during the PLAYERS." And you know that came directly from him because Players was in all caps.

I'm not sure how that's going to look in photos for those paying a premium to get the once-in-a-lifetime chance at the iconic hole, but guessing not great. Still, we should be willing to give them the benefit of the doubt if it leads to a better hole location option during the tournament.

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