Round One of The Players Championship is in the books and there is plenty to talk about. At the end of the day Will McGirt (your first round leader at Augusta) and Mackenzie Hughes are tied for the lead at -5. There were a few other stories that dominated play.
Sergio Garcia, the reigning Masters Champion, struggled with a 40 on the front nine and his back nine was struggling along when he made a 1 on the 17th hole. A 1 is fun no matter when you get it but this helped him shoot a 1 over par 73 so he is lingering at the same score as Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth.
Speaking of Jordan, he had a run in with a poorly raked bunker at the first hole today. It caused him to hit a poor shot as well as take out his camera and take a picture that he shared later with tournament officials. On tour if they can figure out who didn’t rake the bunker right they will have a nice conversation with them. A second offense is a fine from the tour for “conduct unbecoming of a PGA Tour Player.”
In Jordan’s group Phil Mickelson nearly lived up to his nick name of Phil the Thrill when he nearly holed his approach shot into 16 for an albatross. He did convert the eagle put helping him shoot a 2 under par 70 today.
It seems like another week of golf and we find Jon Rahm on the leaderboard. He is one shot back after an opening 68 along with JB Holmes, Alex Noren and Chez Reavie.
Dads Say So that round one is in the books. You can’t win the tournament on Thursday but you can play your way out of it. World Number 1, Dustin Johnson, hung around today shooting a 1 under par 71. He is lurking and with the way he has been playing, if he has a good round tomorrow he will be the one to watch over the weekend. This golf course, while yes is difficult, is set up for risk reward scoring. While good players make their own luck this golf course can allow you to make some numbers to stay in the hunt. The next 3 days are going to be a lot of fun to watch.