Holmes, Stanley share lead at Players Championship

Rosalie Stanley
May 18, 2017

More water trouble at the par-four 18th led to another double-bogey, leaving former world number one Scott three strokes behind.

And the 37-year-old American joins 26-year-old Hughes at the top of the leaderboard after the 2016 RSM Classic victor fired a bogey-free round which included five birdies.

"I definitely feel like I got the most that I could have out of that round", Stanley said. "I'm going to need one of those great rounds", he said. "Historically just haven't figured it out on these greens yet, and so I'm just not going to think too much about it".

Si Woo Kim of Korea set the clubhouse lead on seven under follwoing a 68 on Saturday, though ahead of him were JB Holmes, Louis Oosthuizen and Kyle Stanley, who were amongst the latest starters.

Scott, who became the youngest victor at the Players (aged 23) in 2004, believes the notoriously hard par-3 17th is one of many obstacles that will prevent a runaway leader.

DEFENDING CHAMP: Defending champion Jason Day played his first 14 holes, started on No. 10, at 5-under with no bogeys, before three bogeys in his last four holes to post a 2-under 70.

The resulting 71 left McIlroy on one under par overall, with world number one Dustin Johnson two over after a 74 which included five dropped shots in the last six holes. "It paid off", said Hughes, who already has won (Sea Island) in his rookie season on the PGA Tour.

Garcia was aided by just the second ace in the last 15 years at the famous par-3 17th on Thursday.

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William McGirt and Mackenzie Hughes both turned in 5-under 67 performances in Round 1 of the Players Championship.

Sergio Garcia is one of the main threats.

Day would birdie the 16th after a great drive and then parred the 17th and 18th, the 18th in particular a good save after finding the right hand rough. You know that coming into it and you prepare that way.

"Got off to a awful start but managed to have a great finish and tomorrow I'll go out there a little calmer and get back into this tournament".

The exception at The Players Championship is that Thursday offered a sneak preview into why the TPC Sawgrass is so entertaining to the fans, aggravating to the players and suspenseful for all until the crystal trophy is awarded.

"I hit a couple of tee shots practising on Monday and just didn't feel right and I've been getting treatment on it", McIlroy told Sky Sports.

The Eastern Florida State College men's golf team is ready to compete for a national championship this week at Buffalo Dunes Golf Course in Garden City, Kansas. I'd rather just get a nice practice session. One bad shot put him in one bad place - off the cart path at No. 7 and so deep in the trees that it took him two shots to get back to the fairway.

Willett, hampered by back problems throughout his career, struggled to an opening 79 and covered the back nine at Sawgrass in 40 before calling it a day.

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