The Players Day One Recap
By Peter Santo
Day one of The Players Championship, a marquee group featuring three top-ten players, 21 balls in the water at 17, it was feast or famine for the top players in the world at TPC Sawgrass.
Most of the talk heading into the week involved the world’s top two players, Jordan Spieth and Rory Mcilroy. Their talents would be on full display as the two were grouped together, along with Jason Day, for the first two rounds.
Mcilroy put together a solid round, carding a 3 under par 69 that included an eagle at 16. Spieth however looked out of sorts all day and was lucky to finish with a 3 over par 75. The wildest round of the day belonged to Brooks Koepka, who carded a 6 over 78 despite six birdies. Koepka closed his round with a 7 at 17 and an 8 at 18.
The fact that I was able to write three paragraphs about a golf tournament without mentioning Tiger Woods really speaks to the depth of the game today. Woods drove the ball wildly all day and finished with a one over 73.
The leaderboard is very packed after one day, with those shooting one over par just six shots back entering the second round. Kevin Na, Hideki Matsuyama, David Hearn, and Charley Hoffman each carded five under par 67s to take the overnight lead. Raise your hands if you had any of them in your office pools (or the PGA Tour’s new fantasy golf) this week. *Crickets*. Thought so.
Pete Dye certainly made it interesting for the best players in the world on Thursday, and expect nothing different as we head towards a mother’s day finish at one of the biggest events on this years schedule.