Fleetwood sets hot pace with 65 at Players Championship

Fleetwood sets hot pace with 65 at Players Championship”

Jim Furyk described the par-three 17th as the place where golfing ghouls come "to watch the auto wreck" and there was plenty of carnage during the opening round to satisfy the massive gallery at the Island Green as 14 balls hit the drink.

Moore was already off to a nice start having teed off on the back nine and was a couple under par for the first day when he arrived on the tee at the iconic par-three at TPC Sawgrass.

But the biggest roar came for Moore when he struck a 121-yard sandwedge dead on, his ball striking the pin and shooting straight into the cup.

But his opening 67 left him just two shots behind Fleetwood and happy that the change in date from May to March meant the conditions were more conducive to aggressive play.

Click the video above to see Moore's fantastic ace on the 17th at TPC Sawgrass. That figure is only $500,000 more than the U.S. Open-now golf's second-most lucrative tournament ever-and $2.25 million (£1.9 million) will go to the victor on the Stadium Course at Sawgrass.

"I actually drove it pretty well, but my distance control with my irons into these greens has been pretty diabolical", Dawson said after mixing one birdie with five bogeys and four double-bogeys. Armed with a new trophy, the first of its kind in sports and the fourth different prize to be handed out at this tournament, The Players will also boast the largest purse in the game's history.

For those not up to speed on golf terminology, that's three-under par on a hole.

Rory Mc Ilroy carded a five-under par 67
Rory Mc Ilroy carded a five-under par 67

Baddeley has the dubious stat of hitting most balls in the water surrounding the 133-yard hole than any competitor since 2003 - rinsing 13 shots.

Tiger Woods, the only golfer to win the Players in March and May, was challenging for the title once again past year but put his tee shot into the water in the final round to end his bid.

Now, can you imagine finally getting your shot at the 17th, only to be told at the very last minute you wouldn't be able to tee it up?

Kiradech, 29, recalled his horror show on the 17th hole a year ago where he was six over on that hole alone during the weekend rounds. "It's hard these days but I'm trying my best".

For Mickelson, the 17th is an unforgiving hole that demands a player commit completely to his shot.

"The wind picked up and there were some tough holes there", he said.

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