The 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass is one of the most famous par 3s in the world, featuring an island green surrounded by water.
144 of the top players in the world, including every single player in the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking, are in Ponte Vedra Beach this week to take their shot at glory.
Tiger Woods, the only golfer to win the Players in March and May, was challenging for the title once again a year ago but put his tee shot into the water in the final round to end his bid. 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.
He led by one stroke from South Korean An Byeong-hun and American Brian Harman, and by two from Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy.
Tiger Woods was among those with a late tee time.
Woods pulled out of last week's Arnold Palmer Invitational citing a neck strain, which raised the possibility that he might also miss the PGA Tour's flagship event. An easy tap-in on 11 followed by a nine-foot conversion on 15 put him on track for what would be only his second under-par round at TPC Sawgrass.
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They had also affected neighbouring Malawi, where 56 people died and almost a million others were affected, the government said. Air force helicopters were rescuing people, but flights were being slowed by the heavy winds, media reports said.
"A fast start on the front nine will be really handy; I need to be under par making the turn", Scott said. - Vaughn Taylor wasn't among those who lobbied to convince the PGA Tour that The Players Championship should be moved from May to March, but he should have been. Johnson was T17 past year and comes off a win at the WGC-Mexico Championship a few weeks ago. "I didn't have the swing that I have now".
Bradley sounded nearly serene after his 65.
Players also have to contend with thousands of howling spectators, tricky winds and the pressure of knowing one wayward shot on a Sunday could sink their hopes of claiming golf's unofficial fifth major.
"If you're in the fairway the course feels very, very different".
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the morning was a 74 by world number two Justin Rose, who had a nightmare triple-bogey at his 10th hole, the par-four first. Webb Simpson was the 2018 champion at 18-under 270, beating out three other golfers by four shots.