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Scott and Day head Australians at the Players

Former winner Scott makes solid start. (Photo: Henry Peters)
Play on the opening day of the 2019 Players Championship at the TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach in Florida has all but wound up with only one player remaining on the course when darkness brought play to a close.

That player was India's Anirban Lahiri who has a 3 foot putt remaining for par on the 18th when he returns early tomorrow morning ahead of his second round.

Adam Scott and Jason Day, both previous winners of the event, head the Australian contingent, the pair at 2 under par, sharing 35th place and five shots behind the leaders Tommy Fleetwood and Keegan Bradley.

Scott holed a 15-foot birdie putt at the last to finish with 70, which, after a start which saw him two over through seven holes, he will be pleased to have signed for.

Marc Leishman is at 1 under and tied for 53rd, Cameron Smith at even par and Aaron Baddeley at 3 over.

Fleetwood has yet to win in the US but he has been regularly putting himself in contention and on a golf course he clearly enjoys the breakthrough win might well come this week.

"I love the course," said the Englishman. "If you like golf, you should like this golf course really. It's just about as fair as you're going to get a test. If you hit it well like I did today, you're going to have chances and you can shoot a score, and people are shooting scores.

"But you can also get it the other way, as soon as you start struggling and start going the other way, it can easily go against you, and I think -- I do, I think it's an amazing golf course for that, not because I've played well today, but as a test of golf and for somewhere to play, I think it's great.

"I feel good right now. If I was going to pick a start, that would be it. Yeah, round 1 out of the way. You can only play yourself out of it in round 1.

"I've done a good job keeping myself in it, and it's a great spot to move on from here, so it will be nice to have a bit of a rest now. The course can change so much from the morning to the next day in the afternoon, but looking forward to playing really."

Fleetwood finished 3rd last week at the Arnold Palmer Championship and was runner-up at last year's US Open so his credentials are good especially having finished in this event last year.

Korean Ben An and Brian Harman are tied for 3rd one shot behind the lead. 




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