A difficult TPC Sawgrass course greeted players in 2008 and saw a talented young player walk away with the trophy.
Sergio Garcia, 28 years old at the time, survived the tough conditions and put himself just one step away from that long-awaited first major championship victory (back in the day when people were still certain Garcia was destined to win a major).
Unfortunately, Padraig Harrington got in the way that August—at least Garcia didn't blame the gods for that loss though—and four years later Garcia still has nary a major championship to his name.
Nonetheless, a victory at Sawgrass was one of great importance to Garcia, who hadn't won in his 53 previous PGA Tour starts.
It was far from easy though.
Down one on the 18th, Garcia was left with a seven-footer for par to have any chance at a playoff. With the tension so great, especially with Garcia's weakness in the putting department, the Spaniard drained it and could only wait and watch.
A quirky journeyman pro named Paul Goydos (whose sense of humor captivated the public that week) came to the 18th green needing a par for victory and had at least a decent look at it.
Just 15 feet from the hole, Goydos had the chance of a lifetime, but couldn't take advantage, allowing Garcia to avoid elimination for a second time.
Garcia used his final-hole momentum to stuff his tee shot on the first playoff hole (the 17th) to four feet and secure the victory.
So with all that, why does this finish only find itself ninth on the list?
Well, the playoff was anticlimactic to say the least. Goydos hit first and dunked his ball into the water, leaving Garcia an easy opening and an easy sudden-death win.
The tournament still did provide a great duel over the final holes, and if not for Goydos' slip on 17, the 2008 Players could be much higher on this list.