Zach Johnson Mounting Early Charge


PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – That little natural amphitheater surrounding the 16th and 17th holes at the TPC at Sawgrass Stadium could be noisy today.
Both holes seem to be set up for fireworks.
The 16th is ranked as the easiest hole on the course early in the round with 11 birdies among the first 19 players through.
The 17th island hole is ranked as the second easiest hole on the course so far. It's set up short, just 120 yards, with the pin up in a basin that should funnel balls to the hole.
Zach Johnson's the only player mounting any kind of early charge despite good scoring conditions Saturday at The Players Championship, though winds are already picking up in the early afternoon with the flags beginning to flap briskly on another steamy day. Winds are forecast to range from 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon.
Johnson was 4 under through his first 13 holes. He shot 31 on the front nine, then bogeyed the 10th.
Nobody's gone lower among early players out with Woody Austin's 68 the low early round in the clubhouse.