PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — It will be nearly impossible to forget the double dunk by Sergio Garcia at the devilish 17th hole on Sunday, but he wasn’t the only player who saw his chance at winning the Players Championship disappear into a watery grave at the Stadium Course’s signature hole.
Jeff Maggert, bidding to become the oldest champion in Players history, came to the 17th tee locked in a three-way tie for the lead, with Garcia and Tiger Woods. But Maggert’s tee shot on No. 17 was short all the way — hit thin, he later would say — the splash effectively ending any hope he had. It led to a double-bogey 5, and not even a birdie at the 18th hole, where his approach took the slope and stopped 2 feet away, could ease the sting. It simply allowed Maggert, at age 49, to tie for second.