Sergio Garcia eagled the 9th opening at TPC Sawgrass to take a two-shot after the preliminary of the PGA Tour’s Players Championship.

Starting his round on the 10th opening, the Spaniard, that won the competition in 2008, made a birdie at the 15th as well as an eagle at the 16th, prior to crediting the top of the leaderboard with birdies at 2, 7 as well as 8 and after that a spectacular eagle at the 9th to finish an exceptional seven-under-par 65.

“I’ve always said it, Valderrama and this course are some of my top favourite ones and for some reason it just kind of fits my eye,” Garcia claimed. “I see what I want to do pretty much every hole and then it’s a matter of doing it, but definitely I feel more comfortable and I’ve done well here. So all those things help.”

Garcia is 2 free from American Brian Harman, while Shane Lowry as well as Matt Fitzpatrick are linked for 3rd on 4 under, after a set of 68s, while recently’s champion as well as runner-up, Bryson DeChambeau as well as Lee Westwood specifically, remain in a team round back after opening up 69s. 

There was much less good luck for in 2015’s Players Championship champion Rory McIlroy. The Northern Irishman, that was playing together with Garcia, almost finished his opportunities of winning today after carding an error-strewn 79.

Most of the damages was done on the 18th opening – his 9th – where he acquired a quadruple-bogey 8 after discovering the water two times off the tee, yet he made an horrible begin when he hooked his drive on the 10th right into the boscage as well as needed to take a charge decrease on his means to a double-bogey 6.

The four-time significant champ likewise three-putted the par-three 13th. A birdie from 9 feet on the very first opening saw him start to fix several of the damages, as well as he made an additional on the 2nd, in spite of once again striking a bad drive, yet bogeys on the following 2 openings dropped him back to 7 over. He clawed round back at the 5th, yet an additional three-putt on the 9th saw him authorize for a 79, amounting to the highest possible opening round of a safeguarding champ established by Sandy Lyle in 1988.

The water surrounding Sawgrass’s renowned island eco-friendly 17th asserted 35 spheres on Thursday – the solitary round document is 50 – prior to darkness finished have fun with a number of gamers still out on the program. South Korea’s An Byeong-hun, acquired the greatest rating of the day, striking 4 spheres in the water heading to an octuple-bogey 11 – round less than Bob Tway’s document 12 in 2005.

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