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Players Championship 2012: Power Ranking Hardest Holes at Golf's Fifth Major
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The most lucrative week in golf for the pros who make up the PGA Tour (seriously, a $1.71 million payout for the winner?) is upon us once again.

The Players Championship will bring in one of the strongest fields in golf as tour players vie for possibly the biggest non-major championship trophy in golf.

Despite the tournament's success, its host course, the TPC of Sawgrass, has never gotten the universal praise those in the PGA Tour offices have hoped.

Ask former tour commissioner Deane Beman and course architect Pete Dye about Sawgrass' initial reception. They might be able to come up with a whole book of player complaints in regards to the course's design.

Numerous tweaks to the course have diminished criticisms over the years, yet to most there are still flaws to fix.

Nonetheless, this quirky layout has been an appropriate challenge for players over the years and has produced its fair share of theatrics.

Counting down from the 18 handicap to the toughest hole, here is a breakdown of this world-famous course.

It may not get the accolades of Augusta National, but it is surely a beauty in its own right.

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