Jason Day leads Players’ Championship Bob Sparks 05/12/2016 Our Fun Jason Day showed again why he is the number one golfer in the world. On Thursday, Day tied the TPC at Sawgrass course record with a nine-under par 63 to take the lead after the first round of the Players’ Championship. Under perfect conditions, the 28-year-old Australian started his day on the 10th hole, recording three birdies on his first three holes. He also rolled in an 11-foot putt on the course’s iconic 17th hole and rolled in another on his final hole, the 583-yard, par five ninth. “I just played solid from tee to green,” said Day. “And when I got on the green, I was very confident with my putter and I just got things going.” A group of five golfers are tied for second two strokes behind Day including former Georgia Tech star Cameron Tringale. “I’m very pleased to get off to a good start here, said Tringale. “It’s a great place to start at seven under, make a bunch of birdies and feel confidence for the rest of the week.” Ireland’s Shane Lowry scored a back nine record 29 on his way to 65, a score also matched by England’s Justin Rose and Americans Bill Haas and Brendan Steele. Among those tied for seventh at 66 is former Florida State standout Brooks Koepka. Day has a nine-stroke head start on a number of the pre-tournament favorites. Defending champion Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth, 2008 winner Sergio Garcia and pre-tournament favorite Rory McIlroy all finished at even par 72. Spieth had five birdies, but recorded four bogeys and a catastrophic double bogey seven on his last hole, the par five ninth. Perennial crowd favorite Phil Mickelson finished at two-under par 70. He finished in a tie for 41st along with Master’s Champion Danny Willett and 19 others. Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.