Johnson headlines crowded leaderboard at Players Championship

Johnson headlines crowded leaderboard at Players Championship

18 at TPC Sawgrass had a scoring average of 4.558 the year the PGA championship was played at Kiawah. Course: TPC Sawgrass (Players Stadium).

He hardly missed anything all day except the island green on No. 17.

"Unfortunately, the part of the ball that was showing was just all the white and dimples", said Fowler.

The consolation was enormous. Almost five years removed from his most recent victory, he now enjoys an enviable position given that each of the previous three players who led by at least three shots at the halfway point here went on to victory.

"Everything is going in", he said.

Asked to put his finger on the reason behind such odd statistics, the three-time major victor told a pre-tournament press conference: "I love this place, I love the golf course but if you're not on it's (about) a lot of small areas".

"I know what to expect there".

Simpson told the Golf Channel that it felt like putts he was just trying to get close were going in.

At that point, all he could was laugh. "I tried to smash a sand wedge and blocked it a little bit". "... I liked the score in the first round, but I can hit it better".

Simpson was the seventh player to shoot 63, the last five since 2013.

South African Charl Schwartzel, New Zealander Danny Lee (both 66) and American Patrick Cantlay (68) were a distant second on 10-under. Aside from Nicklaus, the list of players to win the event a few times includes Fred Couples, Davis Love III, Steve Elkington, Hal Sutton, and Tiger Woods, all major champions. Woods was outside the cut line until Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas each made bogey on the 18th.

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Instead, the letter was sent by federal council chairperson James Selfe, Mpofu said. He said in the current circumstances, an interim interdict was "inappropriate".

McIlroy has a mixed record at Ponte Vedra, missing the cut on his first outing here in 2009 and again in 2010 and 2012. But he hit his tee shot in the water on the par three and settled for double bogey.

Johnson posted a clean card with six birdies and no bogeys and the world number one was pleased with his putting.

Spieth was 5 under on his round through 11 holes and wondered if he had the low round of the day.

"It could have been better", said McIlroy. "We were talking about it throughout the round, all three of us".

"It took me a few years to figure it out but I've had a few top 10s here and I think it is about time that I step up and give myself a chance on Sunday".

The real challenge will be catching Simpson. The Aussie won the Players in 2016, firing a course record 63 on his way to victory. All of them went on to win.

"It was nice to be able to get out there and shoot 67, five birdies, no bogeys", Day said after his round.

Woods had seven approach shots of 125 yards or closer, but failed to get any of them inside 15 feet.

The denouement for Spieth came at the famous par-3 17th where he almost holed out for the first ace of this tournament.

Marc Leishman is a shot back of Scott at six under after picking up four shots through 14 holes.

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