Feels like the first time


PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Consider it the PGA Tour’s answer to speed-dating.

On Wednesday morning, 13 of this year’s 14 newcomers to The Players Championship – all but reigning Open Championship winner Louis Oosthuizen – met with the media, taking up several posts in the interview room while reporters gravitated from one to another in an informal, get-to-you-know setting.

Among them were first-time champions Gary Woodland, Brendan Steele and Jhonattan Vegas, each of whom said he felt a sense of relief following his victory, allowing for more luxury in creating a schedule and better tee times and pairings.

“It's been a good year for first timers and hopefully we can keep it going here,” Vegas said. “I really, really love competing. It's something that I'm going to enjoy doing. I can't wait to come here, play and get back into the top position here.”