Dustin Johnson Tied For Leader At The Players

13 May, 2018, 01:42 | Author: Judy Cobb
  • Sergio Garcia played well in the first round of the PGA Tour's THE PLAYERS Championship 2018

Marc Leishman is three shots back having carded a second straight 71, while Cameron Smith is seven-over nearing completion of his round.

Woods was eight under after 12 holes of his third round but a bogey on the 14th checked his progress and he finished with four pars. Phil Mickelson, playing alongside Woods and Rickie Fowler, ended his round in shocking style.

The lead belonged to just about everyone else.

On a day where scoring was good, McIlroy was frustratingly up and down throughout the round, and while he'll be happy to be in the red, he'll be equally annoyed he's not a few shots better off.

Contested annually at TPC Sawgrass, a watery Pete Dye-designed course with an evil streak, the Players historically features golf's strongest field.

That's been the story of the TPC Sawgrass over the years - a design that doesn't favour one particular style of play. Johnson, who has been world number one for 64 weeks, is under siege by those ranked from second through fifth, and he answered the challenge with a bogey-free round.

Woods wasn't among them.

First off, the field that THE PLAYERS brings is reminiscent of a major.

Mickelson's troubles happened Thursday, when he went double-bogey-double-double over a four-hole stretch on the back nine and shot a 79.

There aren't many things more exciting in golf than when Tiger Woods gets things going.

"I'm comfortable with some of the shots that you get around here, added Lahiri, who goes out with another Korean, Ahn Byeong-Hun, and Frenchman Alex Levy".

Or maybe they were just bored. The Englishman could leap to No 1 in the world rankings - a position he has never held before - with victory here. "It's so hot, it's playing short and the greens are receptive". He liked the results.

But the cut line was nowhere near Simpson's radar as he put together one of the finest rounds of his career, his charge up the leaderboard beginning with a 35-foot putt for eagle at the second, and he then picked up three shots in five holes to cap a faultless, outward 31.

'Never in a million years did I think someone would have a chance to shoot 61 around here, ' said an incredulous Sir Nick Faldo, on American television. It was his best score ever on the Stadium Course, and only his fourth time in the 60s.

"Overall on the whole day I just hit a lot of quality shots and a 65 was probably the highest I could have shot".

Rory McIlory STINKS! Man, I cannot believe that this guy could not take advantage of the conditions at TPC Sawgrass, just look at what these other players are doing. So it definitely works. I didn't hit it close enough. "But I've had a three week stretch here, and I can kind of feel the swing's getting a little bit loose. I'm very pleased with the way I putted today". He was at seven under in the morning until a pair of bogeys late in his round dropped him to a 67.

On the 393-yard par-4 sixth hole, Cook reached the green in 2 and sunk a sub 1-foot putt for birdie.

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