Published: Sun, March 17, 2019
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Rory McIlroy highlights | Round 1 | THE PLAYERS 2019

Rory McIlroy highlights | Round 1 | THE PLAYERS 2019

At last year's showpiece, he bravely launched a final day charge up the leaderboard at the Players Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass, getting to eight under for the day before a quadruple bogey seven at the famous par-three 17th signature hole sank his hopes.

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It is a conversation that comes up every year at TPC Sawgrass but Australians Adam Scott and Aaron Baddeley aren't prepared to grant the Players Championship major status any time soon. Before you lock in your 2019 Players Championship picks or enter a PGA DFS tournament on sites like FanDuel and DraftKings, be sure to see the PGA Tournament predictions from SportsLine's proven computer model. The 30-year-old has one victory to his credit already this season, at the Phoenix Open, and also claimed a share of second place at the Honda Classic, but has missed the cut in two of three appearances at the Players Championship since his victory in 2015.

Rory Mc Ilroy carded a five-under par 67
Rory Mc Ilroy carded a five-under par 67

It's not totally new for the PLAYERS to be staged in March as the PGA Tour's flagship event was through 2006.

"The wind picked up and there were some tough holes there", he said. "I like to hit it a little closer tomorrow", said Lahiri. One of the changes was moving the PGA Championship from August to May and then kicking the PLAYERS Championship, often called "the fifth major", from May to March.

"The course doesn't make you feel very comfortable at all, you are always a semi-bad shot from struggling to make par".

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He came close previous year at the U.S. Open, where he finished a stroke behind champion Brooks Koepka after a closing 63. "It's clearly the next step for me to win over here but winning's not easy and I've just got to keep plodding away", Fleetwood said.

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Bradley sounded nearly serene after his 65.

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Fleetwood was just one under through his front nine, having started at the 10th, but rallied with six birdies on the way back to edge in front by a shot at TPC Sawgrass.

Most of the big names started smoothly but world number two Justin Rose was a notable exception.

After a 282 yard drive on the 523-yard par-5 16th, Taylor chipped his third shot to 6 feet, which he rolled for one-putt birdie on the hole.

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