McIlroy, Johnson in the mix as Fleetwood leads The Players Championship

Jay Monahan

Tiger is back. The former world No. 1 and current No. 13 is on the TPS Sawgrass course taking part in this weekend's Player Championship.

Every year 100,000 balls are retrieved from the waters around the 17th hole at the TPC Sawgrass but on Thursday fans watched a golfer pull one out of the hole for just the ninth time after Ryan Moore struck a hole-in-one at the Players Championship.

And for anyone that travels to Florida to play at TPC, that's the hole that you're shelling out a ton of money to play on.

Tommy Fleetwood seized an early lead at The Players Championship, but Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson were both close behind after their first rounds.

"The wind picked up and there were some tough holes there", he said. 'I feel good. I needed last week off. "But I wanted him to take a look at it, and then he mentioned a few things". "If you hit it well like I did today you're going to have chances and you can shoot a score".

He believes a maiden PGA Tour win is within his grasp.

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He came close past year at the U.S. Open, where he finished a stroke behind champion Brooks Koepka after a closing 63.

An and Harman matched Fleetwood's seven birdies, but each had a bogey to boot.

Tiger Woods, the only golfer to win the Players in March and May, was challenging for the title once again previous year but put his tee shot into the water in the final round to end his bid.

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the morning was a 74 by world number two Justin Rose, who had a nightmare triple-bogey at his 10th hole, the par-four first.

Harris English had an albatross when he holed out with his second shot on the par-5 11th hole, the third straight year for an albatross in The Players. Woods told the Golf Network that the neck strain that kept him from playing last week's Arnold Palmer Invitational is no longer causing him pain.

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