Published: Sun, March 17, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Tommy Fleetwood makes fine start to the Players Championship

Tommy Fleetwood makes fine start to the Players Championship

It is one of the most famous holes in golf because of an "island green" (it is actually a peninsula) that is surrounded by unforgiving water.

Including Woods, ranked 11th, the field features all 50 of the world's top players, and it's anyone's guess who should be considered the favorite in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

For any golfers who have thought about their "dream golf course", the 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass is probably somewhere in the mix.

"You can only play yourself out of it in round one".

He led by one stroke from South Korean An Byeong-hun and American Brian Harman, and by two from Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy.

With a win this week, Woods would tie Jack Nicklaus for the most Players victories.

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

"The wind picked up and there were some tough holes there", he said. The 14-time major champion was off to a strong start to the PGA Tour season before the injury and will look to pick up where he left off at golf's "fifth major".

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"My caddie ran over, he kind of reacted to it like he thought it went in right away and I wasn't necessarily sure", Moore said. Johnson was T17 previous year and comes off a win at the WGC-Mexico Championship a few weeks ago.

"Expectation's a tricky thing".

"I'm going to have to get up to six (under) or better to feel like I'm not way back heading into the weekend".

Bradley sounded nearly serene after his 65.

Ryan Moore just nailed one of the most spectacular shots of the year. However, I think I've nearly secured my card for next season, so it releases some stress a little bit and this will allow me to play my own game.

'The course here is in spectacular shape with very little rough, much like Augusta!

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the morning was a 74 by world number two Justin Rose, who had a nightmare triple-bogey at his 10th hole, the par-four first.

The World No.6 shot a first round five-under par 67 to leave him a couple of shots adrift of leaders Tommy Fleetwood and Keegan Bradley.

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