Tommy Fleetwood has a leading edge after shooting a 65 in the first round of the Players Championship.Lynne Sladky / Associated Press
He is often referred to as the fifth major.
The TPC Sawgrass Players' Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, is clearly one of the highlights of the PGA Tour. It may not be as big as the Masters or the US Open, but this tournament draws one of the top spots of the year. It also includes the famous green island at the 17th hole and the dangerous 18th by 4.
The first round belonged to British golfer Tommy Fleetwood and American Keegan Bradley. Both golfers finished the first round at seven under the score, a better shot than Brian Harman and Byeong Hun An.
After getting out of the match against guest Arnold Palmer Invitational last week, Tiger Woods was back at the game today, launching a first round of under 70 points at the Players Championship.
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Tiger Woods He was missing something incoherent, but he still managed to score under 70 years old. Tiger managed to lose the 17th goal, his shot above the water not exceeding 18 inches. After bouncing off the hole, he came back within eight feet of the ground. The hole. He put the canned putt and the roaring crowd approved the success.
Moore did better than Tiger on 17, while his tee shot touched the flag about two feet above the hole and fell straight into the attack. The crowd was exhausted after this shot and Moore finished with a 67-under.
An aggressive approach paid off on the first day, as Rory McIlroy started the match with a score of less than 3 in the first three holes of his run to a 67 without a bogey.
The ranking includes Rory McIlroy at five, Kevin Kisner at quarterback, Jon Rahm, Sergio Garcia, Patrick Reed, Ian Poulter and Dustin Johnson at three, and Xander Schauffele and Bryson DeChambeau join Woods at two under ties.
Fleetwood was third in Arnold Palmer last week, and he started well. He hit 10 of 14 fairways in the regulation, and he played a trick without bogey.
He said keeping the ball was the key to his success. "The course looks different," said Fleetwood, by Helen Ross of PGATour.com. "For example, if you're on the fairway all the time, the course is very, very different, and it's a huge key."
Bradley was one of the favorites and he had a solid first round.
"It's one of those rounds that seemed easy," Bradley told Mike Tirico of NBC at the end of his tour. "I rarely have rounds like this, I made this birdie on the 18th and it looked like an eagle on that hole.
"It all boils down to putting, and we have made great progress in the last month."
Woods missed a putt at the 18th hole, but he was happy with the way he was using his flat stick.
"It was tricky today.I was hoping we would have the wind blowing very early, then it went out, but the greens got a little more bumpy towards the end and it became harder to make the putts, "Tiger told NBC's Steve Sands. "I drove well today, it was to get comfortable and let the putts tear."
Golfers who played in the morning session Thursday will play in the afternoon on Friday, and those who will leave in the afternoon will play in the morning on Thursday.
Here is a link to tee times for all golfers in the second round of the players' championship.
Keegan Bradley has a leading edge and is happy with his putting shot. Phelan M. Ebenhack / Associated Press
Bradley, playing with Andrew Landry and Si Woo Kim, will leave at 8:22 ET. Woods, Reed and Webb Simpson will start their tour at 8:32.
Henrik Stenson, Martin Kaymer and Adam Scott are all former champion players and will leave at 8:43. Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth and Brooks Koepka will leave at 9:04.
Scott Brown and Beau Hossler will start their tour at 12:45. Schauffele, Justin Rose and Justin Thomas will leave at 1:27 pm DeChambeau, Bubba Watson and Billy Horschel and leave at 13:38.
Fleetwood is getting closer to victory in North America, and it could be the week. Expect him to shoot a round in the 67-69 range in the second run on Friday. The same goes for Bradley, who plays among the best golfers of his career.
McIlroy had some tough times in the finals, but he should be great in the second round. He hits the ball as well as any golfer, and a round of 67 is not out of the question.
Tiger did not play his best lap Thursday, but he was still two under par. Look for a turn of 68.
However, the best lap of the day should belong to Dustin Johnson. He is the best golfer in the world when he plays and he could shoot 65 or better on Friday.