Opening round of The Players Championships in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida at the TPC Sawgrass (as if you didn’t know where it was): great first round coverage with a few internationals atop the leader board. Martin Laird, and Ian Poulter taking the 18 hole lead with matching 65’s at -7 under par. Plenty of Americans filling out the top ten with Blake Adams, Kevin Na, Ben Crane (human rain delay), Jonathan Byrd, and last years FedEx cup winner Bill Haas.
Australian Adam Scott shot a first round 68 with his ever present long putter. I like Adam, and I wish him the best of luck. Anyone willing to go out on the PGA Tour and bang it around with a long putter is tops in my book. I know what it is like to hit the ball great, and putt like the golf gods have something against you.
For those of you at work this morning be sure to check out the live coverage at PGAtour.com They do a really nice job, and it is a great way to blow off work on Friday morning, afternoon, and early evening (depending on when you work).
The scoring average on Thursday was 72.373. Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald, who rank 1-2 in the world, shot even par, the former after a water-logged double bogey at the 17th hole. Tiger Woods shot 74. World No. 3 Lee Westwood came in with a 71, as did Phil Mickelson, who was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame on Monday.
Tiger Woods opened with a 74 that left him tied for 100th and in danger of missing his second straight cut. As a gambling man, I would not be against Tiger Woods missing two cuts in a row (unless you were going to lay me some great odds).