May 25, 2022

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PGA Tour Fan Shop is ready for a huge week at The Players Championship

TPC Sawgrass director of merchandising Lea Osol noticed something last month when she was working at the PGA Tour Fan Shop at the WM Phoenix Open at the TPC Scottsdale. 

The tournament had record crowds, and not just at the rowdy 16th hole. They were packing the Fan Shop and buying everything from tees to $200 shirts. 

“The event itself had a record number of people and coming off that, we thought, ‘my goodness … we have to make sure we’re stocked for The Players. We’re going to have incredible demand so we went out in the past month and brought it a lot more stuff. It’s our marquee event and we think people are coming out like they did at Scottsdale, with a lot of pent-up energy.” 

A Players Championship-theme hat features an architectural rendering of the final three holes of The Players Stadium Course.

Osol and a small army of around five dozen volunteers and TPC Sawgrass pro shop staff will be ready for next week, when fans begin flocking to the Players Stadium Course for the first time on Tuesday. 

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