Published: Sun, May 14, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

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Here's a look at the live 2017 Players Championship leaderboard with scores and results from Round 1 at TPC Sawgrass.

Consider the plight of Adam Scott and Sergio Garcia, who played in the same group.

So many others wish they could have done the same.

The last two holes changed everything.

"I can't hit many balls on the range because repetitive shots hurt".

A back pin on the island-green 17th is no bargain, especially when the greens are firm.

"Even though it was much tougher with the windy conditions and how gusty it was out there, I was able to hit ... some really good quality shots", he said. "I don't know, it can do anything", Garcia said. When I came back, to be dropped by Callaway ... to be kind of like told at 40, you can't do it, you can't come back, we don't really believe in you, this kind of stuff, it really can get you upset. No need telling that to Zac Blair, who put three tee shots into the water and made a 9.

Scott waited for the cheers and celebrations to fade when he took aim. "I think I wasn't quite in the tournament because of everything that's been going on after the Masters win and media and people congratulating you left, right and center". Scott went too far to the right, and so did Garcia.

Willett, who split with long-time caddie Jonathan Smart last month, was 11 over par when he retired after nine holes of the second round.

What followed was a superbly hit wedge for a couple of bounces, and in the cup. To chip out sideways would risk chipping into the water.

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Sloppy in possession at times, in particular a moment when he gave it to a Leicester player in his own half. However, the warning signs were there from last week's convincing demolition of Crystal Palace.

"Wouldn't you?" Garcia said with a shrug of his shoulders and a broad grin.

"Saying all that is great, but if you don't have the desire to get there, then there's just no use". I felt like there were a lot of thoughts going in my head, and the first day I was still thinking about the Masters and everything that has been going on, and so it was, like I said earlier, it was important to shoot a decent round. "But it just didn't cut".

Of the 82 players in the field, 49 made a double bogey or worse.

That's how quickly it can change on a course that has been described with every word from exciting to dramatic to frightening to aggravating. It was in 2013 when Singh revealed in an American magazine that, in the effort to stave off Ol' Father Time, he was using "deer antler spray" as a supplement. He starts the final day in a tie for seventh at 5-under 211, four shots out of the lead. He also had a pair of eagles on the back nine.

Some feared Garcia might be rusty after taking over a month off following his Masters win, but he never anxious about his form.

It felt like old times Friday when he got within one shot of the lead until a bogey on the 18th hole for a 4-under 68 to finish three shots out of the lead. He shot 82 and was headed home after missing the 54-hole cut. It took him two shots to get out and he made double bogey.

McGirt was among 13 players from the morning draw who shot in the 60s, but he was the only player to get as low as 6 under until he missed a short par putt on the final hole.

It was like that all day.

In all the years since the incident, during which Singh has accumulated numbers that landed him in the World Golf Hall of Fame on roller skates (three major championships and 34 total wins), he never has agreed to set the record straight.

"I would have loved to have played better than I did the first two days, but being Masters champion has been overwhelming, I hadn't won a Major and I hadn't won the Masters before, so I didn't know exactly what to expect and what to feel".

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