Players Championship not a major yet

On form Rory Mc Ilroy blasts into contention at Sawgrass yesterday just two behind leader
Tommy Fleetwood

On form Rory Mc Ilroy blasts into contention at Sawgrass yesterday just two behind leader Tommy Fleetwood

Every year 100,000 balls are retrieved from the waters around the 17th hole at the TPC Sawgrass but on Thursday fans watched a golfer pull one out of the hole for just the ninth time after Ryan Moore struck a hole-in-one at the Players Championship.

He was in a greenside bunker in two shots, but took two attempts to get out of the sand, and three more to hole out. He used a variety of excuses, such as pros were coming in for practice and that a rare egg was found in the hole location and they were working to remove it safely. I feel like it was hard to read the greens.

"I hit a 5-iron into the first hole", he said.

It all starts to unfold on Thursday, with only 23 players having experienced the March conditions before the move to May in 2007.

But the 37-year-old seems to have brought his ball-striking up to a similar standard to his putting, which has been world-class throughout his career. Notable information from the first round will be updated here throughout the day.

Baddeley tied second at the recent Puerto Rico Open prior to contending at last week's Arnold Palmer Invitational - where he came within a shot of the lead midway through the final round only to stumble on the back nine.

"I think we're in for a good challenge this week", Scott said. "I think we all have to accept that you're going to hit good shots, and going to get some weird hopes, and get some really, really funky lies whether it's off the fairway or around the greens".

The world's top 50 golfers and dozens of other hopefuls will compete in this week's Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida with the hope of grabbing the largest single-event purse in professional golf history.

World No.24 Smith has missed the cut in his two only to appearances at golf's unofficial fifth major. "I felt very calm, and this is a course that can make you very uncomfortable, so when you have that feeling you can really go a long way".

Tommy Fleetwood passed the "ultimate test in golf" with flying colours on the opening day of the Players Championship as he looks to keep pace with Ryder Cup partner Francesco Molinari.

Follow Tiger's score and the rest of the 2019 Players Championship field below with our live leaderboard.

The $US12.5 million purse on offer is now the richest on the PGA Tour.

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