PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — March or Could, there isn’t any scarcity of pleasure at The Gamers Championship.
The transfer again to its conventional March spot after 11 years in Could introduced inexperienced, softer circumstances and extra wind than common. With the rye overseed making the reasonable tough extra predictable, gamers took purpose.
Tiger Woods made just one par on the again 9 Thursday, revving up the group with 5 birdies, solely to gradual his cost with three errors.
Emiliano Grillo hit the pin on the island-green 17th and the ball practically bounced into the water. One group later, Ryan Moore heard the “clink” of ball hitting pin on the fly and heard solely cheers for the ninth hole-in-one on the 17th at TPC Sawgrass.
Harris English had an albatross 2. Kiradech Aphibarnrat had an 84.
There have been 23 eagles. Fifty gamers had a double-bogey or worse.
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When the day ended, Keegan Bradley and Tommy Fleetwood went completely different routes to achieve the identical rating and share the lead at 7-under-par 65.
Bradley obtained off to a quick begin and had three putts for eagle, making one among them. Fleetwood had a giant end with three straight birdie putts of 15 ft or longer.
“If you happen to like golf, it is best to like this golf course, actually,” Fleetwood stated. “It’s nearly as honest as you’re going to get a check. If you happen to hit it properly like I did as we speak, you’re going to have possibilities and you may shoot a rating, and individuals are taking pictures scores. However you too can get it the opposite method, as quickly as you begin struggling and begin going the opposite method, it could possibly simply go in opposition to you. It’s a tremendous course for that.”
Woods hit a shot off a spectator’s ankle on the primary gap, clipped a tree off the tee on the second gap, managed to get by way of the entrance 9, after which thought he would possibly have the ability to take benefit late within the afternoon because the wind started to die.
He did, after which he didn’t. A birdie was adopted by a ball within the water on the par-5 11th for a bogey. Two birdies had been adopted by a shot within the rough-covered mounds. Two extra birdies had been adopted by a missed par putt from four ft. It added to a 70, the 17th time in 18 begins at The Gamers he failed to interrupt 70.
Byeong Hun An and Brian Harman had been at 66. Rory McIlroy additionally performed bogey-free for a 67. He was in a gaggle with Moore, who used a 54-degree wedge for his ace on the 17th.
Doug Ferguson is an Related Press author.