Jason Day delights The Players carding a record equaling -9 under par 63 opening round at TPC Sawgrass.
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Jason played in the earlier morning conditions at TPC Sawgrass, to top The Players leaderboard on day one of the tournament. Quite a turnaround from the last time he played the Stadium Course, when he made four bogeys, two double bogeys, one triple bogey and just two birdies;
“There was a lot of frustration last year,” Day acknowledged, and the funny thing was, I shot 69 in the first round, too, so I shot 69-81-63.
“But I’ve got a really bad memory, which is kind of a good thing in golf, I guess, where you don’t really remember the bad stuff as much.”
“I would have loved to shoot 10-under and be the only guy to hold that record, but I’m in pretty good company with the guys that have shot that, especially with Greg Norman and the way he played shooting 63 and three straight 67s.”
“If I can keep that up, that would be great, but right now I’ve just got to try and focus on trying to win this tournament and trying to play a good round two.”
“I just feel really good about how things went today.”
There are four players tied in second place, at -7 under par following their first round scores of 65, Justin Rose, Shane Lowery, Bill Haas and Brendon Steele.
They are followed by a huge group at -6 under par, so this is a tight contest, except for the guys who struggled today.
Guys with a lot to do to catch up, or even maybe make the cut in include defending champion Rickie Fowler and Rory McIlroy at even par, with and Adam Scott +1 over.