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Australia's Day targets second straight win

13 May, 2018, 00:25 | Author: Lula Armstrong
  • Rickie Fowler hits a hole-in-one on the 17th during practice at Sawgrass ahead of the 2017 Players Championship

We've also seen Craig Perks, Stephen Ames, and Tim Clark walk off the 18th green with victory.

"I just need to focus on the good progress I made and try and take it into the weekend". "You have to move the ball around on this course and I love a challenging course, especially against a top field", he said.

Kim, the youngest victor of the Players, matched the lowest opening round by a defending champion established by Jack Nicklaus in 1977. And then his tee shot kicked off the side of a bunker and went into the water on the par-3 13th for a double bogey. "If we were able to put all of our facets of the game together, I think there would be a lot more tournament winners out here".

McIlroy is not alone in his struggles. He almost won the first time he played, avoiding bogey until his 59th hole and tying for fourth in 2014.

He is 11 over in his last eight rounds at The Players.

"It's not something that happens every day, every week, every hole", Thomas said on Tuesday during a news conference at The Players Media Center.

- Dustin Johnson isn't going down without a fight. Spieth three-putted from 35 feet, though he shot 68 and ended three consecutive years missing the cut.

JASON Day has surged up the leaderboard during the second round but former US Open victor Webb Simpson is threatening to run away with the Players Championship. The PGA Championship is moving from August to May next year, giving golf a run of big events from early spring to late summer.


Casey's withdrawal was confirmed on Wednesday, the eve of the tournament, with Keith Mitchell taking his place. Woods will play with Phil Mickelson and Ricky Fowler, both former champs, as well.

With 80 players making the cut at the Players, the field with be trimmed after 54 holes for the second time in two weeks on the PGA Tour. "All we can do with anybody's golf swing is narrow the deviation and avoid the big misses and ensure the swing path is a lot more neutral and then you can use your body to shape the shots".

McIlroy also admitted he is using his Masters disappointment as motivation for the remainder of the season, insisting his performance at Augusta National was more positive than negative despite falling out of contention on the final day.

Still, it was a nice confidence-booster for Woods as he works his way back to tournament sharpness after last year's successful spinal fusion.

Twenty-one players hit their tee shots into the water in the opening round, and three other balls went into the water from either the drop area or from a greenside bunker. Purse: $10.5 million. Winner's share: $1,890,000. The field is always among the strongest - last year, only the three full-field majors had a higher-rated field.

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You've got the old farts who know the course inside and out: Sergio Garcia has a win, two runner-up finishes, six Top-10's and is No. 1 on the all-time money list here, though he comes in with three straight missed cuts.

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