The Players Championship Trophy
So you want to be a major championship, huh?
Well, The Players Championship will need to upgrade its trophy if it intends to be considered as such. Emulating the Green Jacket (The Masters), the unnamed U.S. Open Trophy, the Claret Jug (British Open), and the Wanamaker Trophy (PGA Championship) is a difficult task — all of those prizes are classics.
Like other famous tournaments throughout the PGA Tour season, The Players Championship (sometimes called the Fifth Major) is held at the same course each season — TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. — and its trophy attempts to reflect the Floridian terrain and vegetation. Making the trophy reflect the championship’s environment underscores the tournament's tradition and history, which is certainly a positive. However, the wide base transitions too sharply into a narrow top (a little like Sawgrass’s first fairway), and the glass is too fragile for an ecstatic embrace. It's not quite a major trophy.