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2019 Player's championship list: Tommy Fleetwood co-driver after dazzling Round 1



Day 1 in the 2019 players' championship was as entertaining as ever with the move from May to March. Tommy Fleetwood and Keegan Bradley lead, but the leaderboard is fully loaded with big names and good players. Let's take a look at some of the names when we go into second-day games at TPC Sawgrass.

T1. Tommy Fleetwood, Keegan Bradley (-7): The English finished second in the field from tee to green and putted well enough to hijack seven birdies. Here is the kicker, but: through his first nine holes on the simplest side of the track (nine back) Fleetwood was a pedestrian 1

under. Then he played the top nine of the course in 30 while the field average was over 36. A spectacular close. Bradley was the opposite. He played the back nine of the track in 31 and the front in 34. Together they shot a ball 60.

T3. Ben An, Brian Harman (-6): If you had An for No. 1 in the field in stroke from tee to green on Thursday, come down. This is quite a duo and would make an amazingly fun late Saturday afternoon mating. Two silent killers.

T5. Rory McIlroy, Vaughn Taylor, Ryan Moore (-5): The same old story for McIlroy this season. Elite ball striking, average to above average put, top of leaderboards. Rinse, repeat. Perhaps the most noteworthy part of McIlroy's day was a bad pause he came at on his 18th hole (ninth on the track), where his approach holes hit a drainage peak and drove beyond the green. He couldn't go up and down for birdie. Could have been quite a simple 66.

T8. Brendan Steele, Rory Sabbatini, J.T. Poston, Kyle Stanley, Kevin Kisner (-4): The race for low Rory is on after round 1. I think Sabbatini also gets bonus points because the stones should shoot something under par while wearing a shirt that looks like one Rorschach test.

Several of the T10s are also exciting. The -3 number includes former winners Sergio Garcia and Matt Kuchar as well as Dustin Johnson, Ian Poulter, Patrick Reed, Brandt Snedeker, Tony Finau, Jon Rahm and Haotong Li. With numbers 1 and 2 playing as two of the easiest holes on the track, any of these guys can skip them in front of them early in the day on Friday.

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