2011 The Players Championship underway: Leaderboard

Nick WatneyTHE 2011 The Players Championship, regarded by many as golf’s unofficial fifth major, is underway at the TPC Sawgrass in Florida.

The Players boasts one of the US PGA Tour’s deepest fields of the year, its biggest purse at $A8.9 million, and one of the toughest tests of golf.

With its distinctive island green on the 17th The Players is always a great spectacle.

After the first round America’s Nick Watney leads after a stunning 8-under 64 from Lucas Glover a shot behind.

Watney was one of the course record set by Fred Couples and later equalled by Greg Norman.

The 54 year old Mark O’Meara is a further shot back alone in third place on 6-under.

Robert Allenby, runner-up at the event last year, and Jason Day are the best placed Australians after 3-under rounds of 69 while Aaron Baddeley birdied the 18th, one of the tour’s toughest holes. to finish at 2-under.

Australians Matt Jones (72), Greg Chalmers (73) are still in there with something of a chance but the rest of the Aussie contingent will struggle. That includes Geoff Ogilvy (75), Stuart Appleby (76), Nick O’Hern (76), Michael Sim (76), Adam Scott (76), John Senden (76) and Marc Leishman (81).

Tiger Woods cited knee and Achilles tendon problems when he pulled out after 9 holes.

The Players is receiving extensive television coverage in Australia on Fox Sports.

The 2011 The Players Championship Leaderboard

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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017

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