The 2017 Players Championship Opens To Tons Of People, Florida Heat and an Exciting Day Of Golf
Before the Sun broke over the horizon and while the dew was still fresh on the grass, John Lynch took a walk onto TPC Sawgrass for it was THE PLAYERS Championship Day 1. And North Florida heat was on FULL THROTTLE with temperatures in the mid 90s.
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The highlight of the day was Sergio Garcia carding the eighth hole-in-one in the history of the 17th hole at The Players in his first action since winning his only major at the Masters last month.
The other big story of the day is Adam Scott, who stepped to the 17th tee as the solo leader and then lost it with back-to-back double bogeys on the course’s final two holes. He finished the day as one of more than a dozen players tied at two-under, outside the top 15 on the leaderboard.
T1 — William McGirt (-5): A couple of circus putts on back nine eagles powered another great first round from McGirt. After matching his strong early round in the Masters, the key here will be keeping it going into Friday and then the weekend.
T1 — Mackenzie Hughes (-5): A bogey-free round with three birdies on the back nine powered Hughes’ late climb up the leaderboard. The young Canadian will be one of the first players out on the course on Friday with a chance to remain out of the spotlight while in the chase for the title.
T3 — J.B. Holmes (-4): Things were far less calm (though more entertaining) for Holmes with seven birdies, eight pars and three bogeys. The putter kept Holmes in the game, and on a day that saw no one go really low, it was good enough for top five.
T3 — Alex Noren (-4): Just a rock-solid day with 14 pars and great shot making on his way to a 68. Noren did a great job hitting greens and avoiding the bad mistakes that cost so many others key strokes on a tough day.
T3 — Chez Reavie (-4): Reavie was all over the place, but with seven birdies on the card he’s putted his way into the mix as a top-100-level player that scored better than most of the names above him on the world golf rankings.
T3 — Jon Rahm (-4): Like Hughes and Noren, Rahm went bogey-free in what was a stellar showing for his first Players appearance. The star on the rise finished with a long birdie putt on 18 and should have some juice going into Friday’s action.
T7 — Daniel Summerhays, Francesco Molinari, Louis Ooshtuizen, Kyle Stanley, Patrick Cantlay, David Lingmerth, Brendan Steele, Cody Gribble, Si Woo Kim, Daniel Berger, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Ricky Barnes (-3)