Players Championship 2019: Tommy Fleetwood and Keegan Bradley lead after first round

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLORIDA - MARCH 14: Tommy Fleetwood of England reacts after a shot in the ninth green in the first round of the PLAYERS championship at TPC Sawgrass Stadium Stadium on March 14, 2019 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida . (Photo by Sam Greenwood / Getty Images)

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Tommy Fleetwood and Keegan Bradley are tied at the top of the 2019 Players Championship after reuniting seven under 65 in Thursday's first round at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

Byeong Hun An and Brian Harman have both lost six cents, while Rory McIlroy, Vaughn Taylor and Ryan Moore hold a fifth to five-under share.

Fleetwood was just one of the under nine in the back and did not seem to be a threat to him. Then he made six birdies in his last nine holes. according to ESPN Statistics and Informationhe got the lowest score in the first round of his career on the PGA Tour.

Consistency has been key to Fleetwood's success, which has hit 10 of 14 fairways and 16 greens according to regulations, according to

"If you are all the time on the fairway, the course is very, very different, and it's a huge key here, then I started taking some shots, and then you have a run at seven, eight and nine, and it feels good after that, "he said, from Keith Jackson, Sky Sports.

Bradley was the opposite. He started strong and fainted throughout the day.

During his first 10 holes, Bradley had five birdies, an eagle and a bogey to put him to six cents. But he was unable to put Fleetwood away from him, deserving only a birdie for the rest of his round.


6 birdies
1 eagle
1 bogey
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Moore is not only within reach of tournament leaders, but he also delivered one of the best moments on Thursday. His starting shot on number 17 touched the flag and found the bottom of the cup for a one-hit hole on the famous green of the island.

Moore's round imitated Bradley's. A birdie on No. 3 brought him to six cents and allowed him to end the day by a tie to three for first place. Instead, he bugged No. 4 and was stuck at five cents for the rest of the lap.

Tiger Woods returns for its first event since the WGC-Mexico championship in February. He was tied before starting a new comings and goings. Whenever he began to gain momentum, this fourteen-time major champion had suffered a setback.

He made a birdie at No. 10 before bogeyer at No. 11. A bogey at the 14th hole followed birdies back to back. He also finished with a bogey on the last hole after flying over the two previous ones.

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34: "It's been a while, usually if I have a peer, it's usually 30 or 29 years old, not what I've done today."

Yeah, the same here.

At two cents, Woods still has a lot of work to do to qualify for the Players championship. Defending champions Webb Simpson, Jason Day, Adam Scott and Bryson DeChambeau tied for 35th place.

Jordan Spieth will have the chance to continue playing throughout the weekend. He has struggled a lot at the TPC Sawgrass in recent years, finishing tied for 41st in 2018 after two missed cups in the previous two years. Spieth is four on 18 holes, which puts him in danger of missing the cut once again.

Phil Mickelson Bubba Watson (pair), Brooks Koepka (pair), Rickie Fowler (two), Francesco Molinari (even) and Justin Rose (two) are also likely to fall on the wrong side of the cut line.