Big money but weather fears as golfers head to Players Championship

Silvia Morton
March 15, 2019

The Englishman piled up six birdies on the more hard front nine to set a cracking pace with a bogey-free seven-under-par 65 in Ponte Vedra Beach.

Shane Lowry was two-over par with four to play before eventually battling his way to a one-over 73.

The pair led by one stroke from South Korean An Byeong-hun and American Brian Harman.

Woods publicly announced on Monday that his recent treatment for a neck strain had not improved enough to take part in the tour event.

"It's (17) one I'm always happy to walk off with a three, I know that". "This is one of the few holes that I can think of that has no bail-out, that has no margin of error, that has no area for recovery", he said in 2007. It just shows you, stay patient and things can happen.

World number 13 Fleetwood has won four times on the European Tour, but is still seeking his breakthrough on the PGA Tour.

Now, can you imagine finally getting your shot at the 17th, only to be told at the very last minute you wouldn't be able to tee it up?

Jim Furyk described the par-three 17th as the place where golfing ghouls come "to watch the auto wreck" and there was plenty of carnage during the opening round to satisfy the massive gallery at the Island Green as 14 balls hit the drink.

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Bradley matched the score with an eagle, six birdies and single a bogey in the afternoon. "It's clearly the next step for me to win over here, but winning's not easy and I've just got to keep plodding away", Fleetwood said.

McIlroy, a presence on leaderboards every time he has played this year, got off to a good start with a bogey-free sortie.

Tiger Woods, the only golfer to win the Players in March and May, was challenging for the title once again previous year but put his tee shot into the water in the final round to end his bid.

After a 282 yard drive on the 523-yard par-5 16th, Taylor chipped his third shot to 6 feet, which he rolled for one-putt birdie on the hole.

He was in a greenside bunker in two shots, but took two attempts to get out of the sand, and three more to hole out.

With a wedge in hand, a 121-yard par three would be considered a piece of cake for most of the game's top golfers.

Tiger Woods was equal 35th after an entertaining 70 that included six birdies and four bogeys.

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