Friday, 22 March, 2019

Day, Scott on pace at Players Championship

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Cassandra Castillo | 17 March, 2019, 12:43

$12.5 million will be on the line this week with a cool $2.25 million check going to the victor.

Tommy Fleetwood seized an early lead at The Players Championship, but Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson were both close behind after their first rounds.

Fleetwood and Bradley lead South Korea's Byeong Hun An and American Brian Harman (66) by one, while four-time major victor Rory McIlroy is five under courtesy of a 67.

Tiger Woods and Jason Day have seemingly dispelled doubts about their participation in this week's The Players Championship in Florida when ther arrived on Monday. If you sign up to a service by clicking one of the links, we may earn a referral fee.

Players also have to contend with thousands of howling spectators, tricky winds and the pressure of knowing one wayward shot on a Sunday could sink their hopes of claiming golf's unofficial fifth major. One huge shocker the model is calling for: Woods, a two-time victor of this event and a 14-time major champion, doesn't even crack the top 10. He missed a scheduled tournament for the first time since returning a year ago from spinal fusion surgery, and said it was more to make sure a growing problem that started last month in Los Angeles did not get worse.

The PGA Tour made some significant changes to its 2018-19 wraparound schedule.

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Will Tiger Woods (+2200) play?

However, Woods' last Players Championship victory came all the way back in 2013.

"I consider the Players a massive event and I think it's going to do well back in the March date", Scott, the 2013 Masters victor, said. He's a target for anyone looking for a huge payday.

But it seems his decision to skip a tournament he has won eight times was more precautionary than the result of a serious problem. He started his day with a birdie on the first hole before enduring a hard time at TPC Sawgrass. Molinari, the reigning British Open champion, will enter the Players Championship 2019 full of confidence, and his strong iron play and prolific ball-striking ability suit TPC Sawgrass extremely well.

Justin Thomas was also involved at the top of the leaderboard until he found the water with his tee shot at the sixth and carded a double-bogey.

There have been five men to win this championship twice, all of whom are major champions.

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