The Players. Jason Day Delivers.

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Jason Day delivers the result of a World number one, a win at The Players at TPC Sawgrass.


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Jason had a final round -1 under par 71 to post a winning total of -15 under par at The Players, for a comfortable four shot victory.

Jason had his troubles on the round, on the par 5 ninth,  duffing three chips out of the Bermudagrass rough, and had to hole a 6-foot putt just to save bogey;

“I felt like an amateur chopping my way to the pin from only 10 yards off the green.”

 “If I walk away with a double-bogey there, that gives my pursuers a boost of energy, a boost of momentum.”

“Once I got to 10, I kind of said to myself, ‘You’re still in the game, you’ve still got the lead.”

“You’re still in good shape.”

“Once I holed the birdie putt, that kind of settled everything down, then I could kind of relax and go about my way.”

“I’m sitting there going, don’t choke, that would be the worst thing in the world, everyone would be talking about it.”

“Things like that go through your mind. They go through your mind out there on the front nine.”

“It did, it really went through my mind. I just kept on saying to myself,  just settle down.”

“Tiger says he’s going to kick my butt when he comes back, so I’m going to try and extend that gap.”

Kevin Chappell finished in second place, a last round -3 under par moving him up the leaderboard, finishing with a -11 under par total;

“I’m really proud of the way I hung in there, I was 2 over par through 26 holes and really fought hard to make the cut.”

“To hang in there today after a slower start, I’m real proud of myself.”

“It kind of mirrored my week, slow start, and really fought there in the middle of the round to salvage it, and then I finished strong, which is nice.”

Tied in third place at -10 under par were Justin Thomas, -7 under 67 today, Matt Kuchar, -4 under 68, Colt Knost -3 under 69, and long time challenger to the leader Ken Duke, who stalled on the last round signing for an even par 72.

The tough conditions were the same for everybody, only the World number one Jason Day was able to cope with them sufficiently.


The Players. Jason Jogging To The End, and Victory.

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After a day of carnage at TPC Sawgrass Jason Day has a pretty simple task jogging to the end and victory at The Players.

Jason Day is looking for his third win of the season. (Keyur Khamar/PGA TOUR)

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Jason will take a four shot lead into the final round of The Players, even after he shot a third round +1 over par 73, he posted a tournament total of -14 under par.

His only real mistake came from  a four putt double bogey at the 6th hole. It was a very tough day out on the course, and the wind really did not factor too much, it was the greens being lightning fast that caused all the problems, once the ball was rolling, if it did not fall into the cup, it just kept rolling.

Jason was not too fond of the set up, and was amazed at Ken Duke’s score;

“What course was Ken Duke playing today? Can anyone tell me? Was he playing across the road?”

“I mean it was just, to be able to shoot that score is better,  I think that should be the course record.”

“It was just an absolute joke.”

Hideki Matsuyama, Ken Duke and Alex Cjeka share second place at -10 under par.

Alex, aged 45 carded a third round of even par, a good score on the day.

Ken, aged 47, shot the round of the day -7 under par 65, and even he mentioned the speed of the greens;

“Somehow, overnight, these greens got two or three feet faster.”

“I’m just a player on the PGA TOUR, they’re all good out here, and when you get some good number and make some good putts, the scores are there.”

” But it was a great round. This golf course is very difficult with this condition, and it was a really unbelievable round.”

“I think this is our championship, The Players, and it should be set up as difficult as possible.”

“The conditions today, it shows it. You have to play your best golf around here, and obviously the best players in the world are here.”

Many good players fell by the wayside, Rory McIlroy shot +3 over par 75, eleven strokes more than yesterday, he is hanging in with the group at -5 under for the championship. Shane Lowery started the round in the final group with Jason, but scored +6 over 78.

Sergio Garcia managed a five putt, is this really what people want to see, whether lady luck is on your side, or not. I would rather watch a good contest, with good golf being achievable to most of the players. There were only six players under par today.

Ken Duke’s round was described as the best round of golf ever by Russell Knox;

“I looked up on the board and saw Ken Duke shot 65, and I was like, ‘What?’”

“That’s the best round of golf ever, probably. It was incredible how hard it was out there.”

Russell unfortunately fell at the par three 17th, dropping three tee shots into the water, on his way to carding a nine.






– Duke

Billy horschel “Man, I felt like I was putting on dance floors out there,” Horschel said. “We all did. Augusta is probably the quickest greens we play all year, and I’m sorry, Sawgrass made those greens look like 8s on the Stimpmeter.”

The Players. Rory Roars Into Life.

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2nd round play has been suspended due to bad weather in the area, hopefully it will resume soon.

McIlroy flirts with course record

In the morning round Rory McIlroy roared into life, and The Players tournament today, he should have had the TPC Sawgrass course record, needing a birdie on his last hole of the day, the par 5 ninth, for -10 under. Unfortunately he made bogey and had to settle for -8 under par 64, to add to his even par round yesterday;

“Maybe if I had the five wood in the bag, I might have went for it, because at least I could have gotten a little bit more height.”

“But I was thinking about the course record, I wanted to make birdie and shoot 62. There’s no doubt about that.”

“Any time I’ve gone for the ninth green in two here, it’s never really worked out for me, I sort of talked myself out of it on the fairway.”

“This course really does play so much differently from morning to afternoon.”

“I felt the greens getting a little firmer, the wind gets up a little bit, so you have to take advantage of your tee time in the morning.”

“Thankfully, I was able to do that today with a low one.”

“I’m frustrated, my score should have been a couple better.”

“I’m disappointed, but there’s still two more days to go. That’s the nice thing. I’m in a good position heading into the weekend.”

The Players. Jason Day Delights.

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Jason Day delights The Players carding a record equaling -9 under par 63 opening round at TPC Sawgrass.

Jason Day tied the course record at the Stadium Course with a 63 in his first round of THE PLAYERS Championship. (Getty Images/Mike Ehrmann)

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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.

The Players. Captain Kirk Beamed to the Top

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Captain Chris Kirk has beamed himself to the top of The Players leaderboard at TPC Sawgrass.

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Chris had a nice third round of -4 under par 68 to take possession of the top spot on The Players leaderboard with a -10 under par tournament total.

Chris said you can never feel comfortable on this course;

“I had a chance to sort of lose it a little bit today, I didn’t let it bother me, and thankfully I was able to birdie the next three to pull out a great round.”

“It’s not like you can ever get comfortable. If you have a six-shot lead at the turn, you’re not going to be comfortable playing that back nine just because of the way the back nine is.”

“You just put your head down and go get it.”

There are three players tied in second place,  Kevin Kisner, Ben Martin and Bill Haas, have all completed three rounds with a -9 under par total, just one shot off the lead.

Chris Kirk and Kevin Kisner, the two Georgia alums will be paired together in the THE PLAYERS Championship’s final group on Sunday.

Kevin is looking forward to the match-up with his old team-mate Chris;

“We’ve probably played 200 or 300 rounds of golf together, between qualifying and college tournaments.”

“We’ll have a lot of fun. Hopefully it will just be like an old qualifying round. We’ll go out and see who can make the most birdies and add it up at the end.”

“Two 31s in a row here, back nine yesterday, front nine today, which is pretty cool.”

“You know, the front, I probably missed three putts inside 15 feet, so it could have been stupid.”

Rory thinks a lot of players still have a chance to win on Sunday, he is at -6 under par, and could post a good number early tomorrow;

 “It seems like half of the Tour have a chance to win this thing.”

“I think a lot of holes on the front nine are very straight away, where there’s a lot of dog-legs on the back nine and it sort of, you can visualize shots better.”

 “I feel on the front nine, like even holes like 2 it’s, obviously you need to hit a draw there, but even 4 and 5 and 6 and 7, they’re all like pretty straight holes and I sort of get up there and I’ve got about six shots in my head that I can hit.”

“I just need to try and pick one of them and commit to them and sometimes, of the six shots, I don’t hit any of them.”

Tiger Woods faded out of contention, a +3 over par 75 was the best he could do, and he left the course without speaking to reporters.


The Players. Day 2. Two Tied at the Top

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There are two players tied at the top of The Players, Jerry Kelly and Kevin Na both had good rounds today, while some big names failed to make the cut.

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Kevin and Jerry hold a two shot lead at -8 under par for 36 holes at The Players at TPC Sawgrass in Florida.

Jerry with a magnificent -7 under par 65 against Kevin’s more modest -3 under par 69 to both get to -8 under par for the tournament.

Kevin has overcome a terrible bout of “The Yips” which at times prevented him from taking the club back;

“I had the yips, that’s what it was.”

“A lot of the guys when you have that, they fall off the planet.”

“They play poorly and nobody really sees and hears about it. But the weird case was, I was playing some of my best golf and I couldn’t take the club back.”

“How does a guy not take the club back every time he hits it, and it goes down the middle?”

“I don’t know. Do you want to open up my brain and check it out? I don’t know. I try to not think about it. I got over it.”

“Having the yips, I think because I went through that, I’m a better player now.”

“I hope people get over that and see me as just a guy that’s playing well on TOUR versus a guy that couldn’t take the club back.”

Bernhard Langer is a player who could not control the putting yips, which is why he uses the Long Putter. Not sure if Bernhard will retire from golf at the end of this year, when long putters will be banned. On the other side of the coin, Bernhard holds the record for the most birdies made at the treacherous 17th in The Players, some 25 of them in his career. Ironically he also holds the record for the longest putt holed at the 17th, 59 feet 9 inches. Sadly He missed the cut here this year.

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Jerry carded a -7 under par 65 second round, and reported that he lives on adrenaline;

“I enjoy adrenaline, I am 48. I know it almost ravages the body as much as it helps it as you start getting older, but I would like to hang out for another couple of days and have some fun with it.”

“I figured I would have another chance at this golf course, I didn’t think it would be that long, but it’s just strange. This whole career has gone by in the blink of an eye.”

There are four players tied in third place, two shots back at -6 under par for the tournament, Branden Grace, David Hearn, Chris Kirk and the ever-present Rickie Fowler.

Rickie could have had second place on his own, but a loose shot on the par 5 16th found water, leading to a bogey.

Rickie and Ian Poulter were tied in a magazine survey with 24 percent of the vote, for the most overrated player on tour. Rickie was not worried about the comments of his peers;

“If there’s a time where I need something to kind of give me a kick in the butt, then I can think of that and it will put me in the right frame of mind to go out there and take care of business.”

 World number one Rory McIlroy stumbled a bit today, he too could have been better except for a trip to the water. He finished with a -1 under par 71 and a -4 under par total;

“A lot can happen, and I feel like I’m in a decent position.”

Tiger made the cut on the number, but Phil Mickleson, Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose, Jason Day, Lee Westwood and Luke Donald all had to go home early.

Phil was left wondering how he ever won here;

“I was thinking to myself as I was walking around, `I can’t believe I’ve actually won here,’ you know?”



The Players. 1st Day, Four-Way Tie.

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There is a four-way tie at the top of The Players on the 1st day at TPC Sawgrass.

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For all the hype about the big guns at TPC Sawgrass the four who share the lead on the Stadium Course at -5 under par, are all middle order players, David HearnHideki Matsuyama, Kevin Na and Charlie Hoffman carded opening rounds of 65.

Playing the course backwards Charlie was bombing along, until his tenth hole, which was the 1st, where he managed to rack up a triple bogey;

“Obviously, you don’t ever want to take a triple, double, quad, whatever it is.”

“But at least I gave myself time to get them back. It’s better than doing it on the 72nd hole, I can guarantee you that.”

“I’ve made enough triple bogeys in my life, I’m not going to let it ruin my day too much.”

“And I’m probably going to make a few more in my lifetime. It’s one of those things, first round of the tournament, sort of took it with a grain of salt, knew there were plenty of birdies out there.”

David wants to stay focused, saying there is still a long way to go;

“Two of my best swings of the day were on 18 and that gave me a lot of confidence going to the front nine.”

“We’ve got a long way to go here, my focus is just to get out there again tomorrow and just to keep enjoying hitting good shots.”

Kevin is fully aware of the difficulty of this Stadium Course;

“It’s a difficult golf course, and if you’re not on top of your game, it’s going to be very difficult to score.”

“There’s some holes out there where you just have to play it safe, maybe make sure you get it in play and then when you have a chance to get aggressive you have to pull off the perfect shot.”

Hideki putted well, and was very happy with the result, reported through a translator;

“I putted very well today, that was the difference.”

 “Probably starting from last week I started putting a little bit better, and it just carried over into today. I was very happy about that.”

World number one Rory McIlroy started OK, finishing the day at -3 under par after his first round 69. He said making 14 pars was good going on this course;

“I think that’s what this course is all about, it’s about staying patient.”

“There’s a lot of pars on my card, but I was able to pick off a couple of birdies and a nice eagle on 16. I’m happy with the start, for sure.”

World number two Jordan Spieth had another of those off days, shooting +3 over par 75, he needs to find some answers, to avoid missing the cut;

“It’s just one of those days where I started maybe looking into it a little too much rather than just accepting it and going forward.”

“Just going to have to find some answers. Just a really, really poor day.”

Tiger Woods opened with +1 over par 73, he even found a creek with a tee shot on the par three 8th hole, which he did not know was there, the shot was some 40 yards short of the green he was aiming for;

“I didn’t know it was there until now, probably the highest score I could have shot today.”