THE PLAYERS Championship opened up the second round today and if the first round is any indication of what is to come, we're in for a solid weekend of golf.
Roberto Castro, in his debut at TPC Sawgrass, tied the course record with an opening round 63 (-9) and closed the day with a three shot lead. If that's not confidence building, I don't know what is.
But, one round a golf tournament does not make. Castro has many of the PGA Tour's best nipping at his heels with Zach Johnson and Rory McIlroy at -6 and Steve Stricker and Tiger Woods sitting at -5. Birdies were aplenty on Thursday, with course conditions being lauded by the players after their rounds. Though there is a chance of rain throughout the weekend, it's going to take quite a bit of precipitation to hurt the course conditions.
Live video of the second round is available all day at this link.
The famed 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass was not too menacing on Thursday. The average score was a 3.076, just a hair over par if you want to be a stickler about it.
Castro was closest to the pin at 1'7" and was the only player all day to get within two feet of the pin off the tee. The field had 22 birdies, 103 pars and 10 bogeys on Thursday and 15 balls ended up lost forever in the water surrounding the island green.
With great conditions for today in the forecast, expect a lot more low scores and the cut line to be right around par, maybe just over.
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