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Jason Day leads Players’ Championship

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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.


Bob Sparks is President of Ramos and Sparks Group, a Tallahassee-based business and political consulting firm. During his career, he has directed media relations and managed events for professional baseball, served as chief spokesperson for the Republican Party of Florida as well as the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Attorney General of Florida. After serving as Executive Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Charlie Crist, he returned to the private sector working with clients including the Republican National Committee and political candidates in Japan. He lives in Tallahassee with his wife, Sue and can be reached at

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