It was a day to go low, and that's exactly what Jason Day did in the first round of The Players Championship. Here's the lowdown from TPC Sawgrass.
Leaderboard: Jason Day (-9), Cameron Tringale (-7), Shane Lowry (-7), Justin Rose (-7), Bill Haas (-7), Brendan Steele (-7)
What It Means: The world No. 1 wasted no time taking control of the PGA Tour's flagship event. He birdied his opening three holes, added a birdie on the par-3 17th, then birdied the par-5 ninth to tie the course record. It was Day's seventh round of 63 or better over the last two seasons. That's two more than any other player during that span. It was also 18 strokes better than his last round at Sawgrass. Day shot an 81 in the second round last year on his way to missing the cut.
Round of the Day: Day took full advantage of ideal conditions on a warm and humid morning at Sawgrass. He made nine birdies and no bogeys, hit 15 greens and needed just 24 putts.
Best of the Rest: Five players share second place, including Lowry, who became the first player to shoot a 29 on the back nine at TPC Sawgrass. And a week after finishing third at Quail Hollow, Rose is back in the mix after he hit all 18 greens to post 7 under.
Biggest Disappointment: Henrik Stenson, the 2009 Players champion, was also out in the morning wave, but he shot one of the worst rounds of the day. He made only one birdie against four bogeys and a double for a 77. In the afternoon wave, the (dis)honor goes to Adam Scott. He was 3 under through 17 holes, hit two balls in the water on 18 en route to a quadruple bogey-8, and finished with a 1-over 73.
Main Storyline Heading Into Friday: Day will have a chance to build a big lead heading into the weekend, so it will be imperative for the morning wave to go low to have any chance of keeping pace with the top player in the world. Zach Johnson (67), Bubba Watson (69), Dustin Johnson (70), Rory McIlroy (72) and defending champion Rickie Fowler (72) are among the players with early tee times on Friday.
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Quote of the Day: “I hit it seven times." – Jordan Spieth describing how he made double bogey on his finishing hole for an even-par 72
Stats provided by the Golf Channel research department.