The Players Championship R1

Sergio Garcia takes 2-shot lead in Florida

Players Championship 2021 R1
March 11-14
TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
$15,000,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4




Sergio Garcia started his round on the back nine and made the turn at 3-under thanks to an eagle on the par-5 16th. He bogeyed the 1st but recovered with a birdie and closed his round birdie-birdie-eagle to take a two-shot lead in The Players Championship with a 7-under 65.


“I just love it,” he said of TPC Sawgrass. “I’ve always said it, Valderrama and this course are some of my top favorite ones and for some reason they just, it just kind of fits my eye.

“I see what I want to do pretty much every hole and then it’s a matter of doing it, but it definitely I feel more comfortable and I’ve done well. So all those things help.”




Brian Harman fired three bogeys and three birdies to make the turn at even par then made five birdies in the next seven holes for a 5-under 67 to take solo second place.

“You know you’re going to have a stretch like that at some point to where the ball bounces into the wrong spot, you miss a putt, you just barely miss a fairway. That’s just part of the rub of this place. So I knew I was playing well. I prepared really well, I played really great in the practice round, so I figured if I could just stay patient.”


Matthew Fitzpatrick, Corey Conners and Shane Lowry are tied in third place at 4-under.

Last week’s winner, Bryson DeChambeau, made six birdies and three bogeys for a 69 to tie in sixth place alongside runner-up Lee Westwood and four others.




Rory McIlroy, whose title defence ground to a halt after one round last year due to Covid-19, started his round on the back nine with a double-bogey at the par-4 10th, bogeyed the par-3 13th and quadruple-bogeyed the par-4 18th to make the turn at 43.

He recovered a little with back-to-back birdies on the 1st and 2nd but bogeyed the next two holes, birdied the 5th and made another bogey at the 9th to close with a 7-over 79, his worst score since his opening round at the 2019 Open at Royal Portrush.


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“The big number on 18 didn’t help and then doubling the first wasn’t helpful, either,” said McIlroy. “It’s hard to recover when you just haven’t played good. If you take that 18th hole out, it still wasn’t a very good day.”

McIlroy wasn’t the only one struggling. By the time play was called due to darkness with twenty one players still on the course, thirteen had scores of 80 or higher.

Henrik Stenson had the worst round of the day, his 85 was his highest score ever on the PGA Tour.





Pos.
Player
To Par
Thru
R1
1
Sergio Garcia *
-7
F
65
2
Brian Harman
-5
F
67
T3
Shane Lowry
-4
F
68
T3
Matthew Fitzpatrick
-4
F
68
T3
Corey Conners *
-4
F
68
T6
Lee Westwood
-3
F
69
T6
Tom Hoge *
-3
F
69
T6
Bryson DeChambeau
-3
F
69
T6
Rory Sabbatini
-3
F
69
T6
Will Zalatoris
-3
17
T6
Denny McCarthy
-3
F
69
T12
Patrick Reed
-2
F
70
T12
Jordan Spieth
-2
F
70
T12
Charley Hoffman
-2
F
70
T12
Jason Kokrak
-2
F
70
T12
Jason Day
-2
F
70
T12
Patton Kizzire *
-2
F
70
T12
Ryan Palmer *
-2
F
70
T12
Gary Woodland *
-2
F
70
T12
Keegan Bradley
-2
F
70
T12
Nick Taylor
-2
F
70
T12
Adam Long *
-2
F
70
T12
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
-2
F
70
T12
Scott Harrington *
-2
15
T12
Steve Stricker *
-2
F
70
T26
Harold Varner III *
-1
17
T26
Harry Higgs *
-1
F
71
T26
Cameron Smith
-1
F
71
T26
Dylan Frittelli
-1
F
71
T26
Russell Knox
-1
F
71
T26
Billy Horschel *
-1
F
71
T26
Webb Simpson *
-1
F
71
T26
Michael Thompson
-1
F
71
T26
Sebastián Muñoz
-1
F
71
T26
Justin Thomas *
-1
F
71
T26
Phil Mickelson
-1
F
71
T26
Doug Ghim
-1
F
71
T26
Collin Morikawa
-1
F
71
T26
Marc Leishman *
-1
F
71
T26
Scott Brown
-1
F
71
T26
Emiliano Grillo *
-1
F
71
T42
Abraham Ancer *
E
F
72
T42
Kyoung-Hoon Lee *
E
F
72
T42
Sam Ryder
E
F
72
T42
Adam Schenk *
E
F
72
T42
Jon Rahm
E
F
72
T42
Andrew Landry
E
F
72
T42
Adam Hadwin *
E
15
T42
Adam Scott
E
F
72
T42
Brendan Steele
E
F
72
T42
Tyler McCumber *
E
F
72
T42
Viktor Hovland *
E
F
72
T42
Sungjae Im
E
F
72
T42
Si Woo Kim *
E
F
72
T42
Joel Dahmen
E
F
72
T42
Matt Jones
E
17
T42
Chris Kirk
E
15
T42
Brian Stuard
E
14
T42
Jhonattan Vegas *
E
14
T60
Talor Gooch *
1
14
T60
Tom Lewis *
1
14
T60
Danny Lee
1
15
T60
Bo Hoag
1
15
T60
Sepp Straka *
1
15
T60
Doc Redman *
1
F
73
T60
Jerry Kelly
1
F
73
T60
Carlos Ortiz
1
F
73
T60
Lanto Griffin *
1
F
73
T60
Paul Casey *
1
F
73
T60
Max Homa
1
F
73
T60
Louis Oosthuizen
1
F
73
T60
Charles Howell III
1
F
73
T60
Graeme McDowell *
1
F
73
T60
Chez Reavie *
1
F
73
T60
Dustin Johnson
1
F
73
T60
Jason Dufner *
1
F
73
T60
Aaron Wise
1
F
73
T60
Kevin Streelman
1
F
73
T60
Scott Piercy *
1
F
73
T60
Joaquin Niemann
1
F
73
T60
Martin Laird
1
F
73
T60
Cameron Tringale
1
F
73
T60
Victor Perez *
1
F
73
T60
Cameron Percy
1
F
73
T85
Branden Grace *
2
F
74
T85
Brandt Snedeker *
2
F
74
T85
Kramer Hickok *
2
F
74
T85
Patrick Rodgers *
2
15
T85
Nate Lashley *
2
F
74
T85
Ryan Armour *
2
F
74
T85
Daniel Berger
2
F
74
T85
Scottie Scheffler *
2
F
74
T85
Robert MacIntyre
2
F
74
T85
Troy Merritt
2
F
74
T85
Brice Garnett
2
F
74
T85
Patrick Cantlay *
2
F
74
T85
Andrew Putnam *
2
F
74
T85
Brendon Todd *
2
F
74
T85
Tommy Fleetwood *
2
17
T85
Beau Hossler
2
14
T85
Kristoffer Ventura *
2
F
74
T102
Luke List
3
15
T102
Lucas Glover *
3
F
75
T102
Kevin Kisner
3
F
75
T102
Russell Henley *
3
F
75
T102
Mackenzie Hughes *
3
F
75
T102
Zach Johnson *
3
F
75
T102
James Hahn *
3
17
T102
Cameron Champ
3
F
75
T102
Bernd Wiesberger
3
F
75
T102
Robby Shelton *
3
F
75
T112
Scott Stallings *
4
F
76
T112
Sung Kang *
4
F
76
T112
Peter Malnati *
4
F
76
T112
Francesco Molinari
4
F
76
T112
Cameron Davis
4
F
76
T112
Robert Streb *
4
F
76
T112
Bubba Watson *
4
F
76
T112
Xinjun Zhang
4
F
76
T112
Matt Kuchar *
4
F
76
T112
Keith Mitchell
4
F
76
T112
Stewart Cink
4
F
76
T112
Vaughn Taylor
4
F
76
T112
J.T. Poston
4
F
76
T112
Xander Schauffele *
4
F
76
T112
Hideki Matsuyama *
4
F
76
T112
Tyrrell Hatton *
4
F
76
T112
Ryan Moore *
4
15
T129
Rickie Fowler *
5
F
77
T129
Charl Schwartzel *
5
F
77
T129
Austin Cook
5
F
77
T129
Ian Poulter *
5
F
77
T129
Pat Perez *
5
F
77
T134
Mark Hubbard *
6
15
T134
Anirban Lahiri *
6
F
78
T134
Tony Finau
6
F
78
T134
Cheng Tsung Pan *
6
F
78
T134
Alex Noren
6
F
78
T139
Rory McIlroy *
7
F
79
T139
Wyndham Clark *
7
F
79
T141
Richy Werenski
8
F
80
T141
Tyler Duncan
8
F
80
T141
Brian Gay
8
F
80
T141
Henrik Norlander
8
F
80
T141
Maverick McNealy
8
17
T146
Sam Burns *
9
F
81
T146
Jim Herman *
9
F
81
T146
Matthew NeSmith
9
F
81
149
Hudson Swafford *
10
F
82
T150
Jimmy Walker *
11
F
83
T150
Byeong Hun An
11
F
83
T150
Kyle Stanley *
11
F
83
153
Henrik Stenson
13
F
85
WD
Kevin Na
E
* Player started on the back nine
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