The only suspense being generated was in watching Norman's bogeyless streak extend. It started at 80 holes, and went to 92 before he picked up his first bogey in eight days at the 13th hole.
Norman began the day at 19 under par. His leading margin after three rounds was four strokes, and only four players had any hope at all of catching him as the final round began, Fuzzy Zoeller, Jeff Maggert, Nick Faldo and Davis Love III. As the round progressed, with Norman pulling farther and farther away from the field with birdies on the first, second, fourth and seventh holes for a front-nine score of 32 and a 23- under-par total, only two golfers were still scoring like they thought they could win. Zoeller and Maggert were making birdies as fast as they could, but after Norman's fast start, neither could get closer than five strokes to his lead.
Faldo was turning in scores that would do him proud at a US Open, but at a demi-major like this pars are worse than useless, and at the turn Faldo was 13 strokes behind Norman.
THE PLAYERS' CHAMPIONSHIP (Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla) Final-round scores (US unless stated): 264 G Norman (Aus) 63 67 67 67. 268 F Zoeller 66 67 68 67. 271 J Maggert 65 69 69 68. Selected: 281 J-M Olazabal (Sp) 69 69 73 70. 284 B Langer (Ger) 74 68 70 72. 291 S Lyle (Sco) 71 72 71 77.Reuse content