McIlroy to undergo test on troublesome back

Jay Jacobs
May 15, 2017

When things are going well in golf, the aim is to keep that momentum, no matter what it takes.

The Masters champion, competing in his first tournament since his Augusta triumph shot a hole-in-one at The Players Championship on Thursday night.

South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen and Francesco Molinari of Italy head a list of 11 players who shot 69 and are two strokes off the lead. Working on a three-under-par round and a two-stroke lead, Kim hit a safe shot to 47 feet for his eighth of nine pars on the back nine. (AP) - J.B. Holmes defied conventional wisdom on a most unconventional course, walking anything but the straight and narrow at the TPC Sawgrass until he wound up in a most unlikely place Saturday in The Players Championship.

World No 1 Dustin Johnson lamented the bad luck that prevented his "okay" opening round at the Players Championship from being a possible tournament-leading one. "I hit some good shots then I would lip-out the putt".

"I've told you guys many, many times".

Day and Scott are both at two-under par, both Queenslanders having carded identical 70-72 scorelines on the opening two days on a tough layout. "It's one of my most favourite golf courses we play all year, and for some reason I can see what I want to do". He is also a one-time victor, capturing the 2017 RSM Classic in October. On a typical hole like that out on the course, there'd be two cameras, but the nature of this hole is that it's surrounded by water, it's the second-to-last hole, and it's played in a championship of this magnitude. Obviously it could have been really good today - I could have finished four or five under - but it ended up just being okay.

Among the 10 HD broadcast cameras surrounding the hole is one stationed - with its operator - on a small island accessible only by boat. I've been putting well all week.

"With all that, being one off the lead, I'm very happy going into tomorrow". "It was a nice phone call to receive, and I definitely feel better on the golf course for it".

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The shot of the day undoubtedly goes to Sergio Garcia.

"I just call it I've got a half shot, a three-quarters shot, and a full shot". I hit some good shots, but would lip out the putt. I just kind of hung in there.

Spieth said his ballstriking was better Friday than it had been a day earlier, but when he gave himself some mid-range opportunities, he simply failed to convert. "But I'm OK with the round". Garcia, the leading money victor in Players Championship history, wound up shooting 78 to tumble to T-30.

The 12th hole was certainly more appealing this year than the blind second shot it used to present.

David Toms (back) and Kevin Na (illness) withdrew from the tournament during Thursday's round.

"I was thinking, "Come on, you have to play well after winning the Masters". Couple hiccups there, 10 and 18, but played solid on the front. If it comes back at all, Garcia can (and probably will) close.

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