PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — A new spot on the calendar changed the look of The Players, but not the drama: There was Tiger Woods reeling off birdies and bogeys; Phil Mickelson struggling in an event he wasn’t sure he would play in the first place; and strong starts from names like Rory McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood. And there was an albatross, an eagle and a host of low scores.
So what will Round 2 bring?
On Tiger’s start, and his earlier start Friday
Tiger Woods’ work with Justin Thomas‘ coach already is paying dividends for his putter.
For the first time in his past six PGA Tour rounds, Woods didn’t have a three-putt in his opening round 70 at The Players Championship at the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass on Thursday.
It is Woods’ second-lowest opening round at The Players since firing a 67 in 2013, when he won the tournament for the second time.