The Players: Ryan Moore fires spectacular hole-in-one at the 17th

Annette Crawford
March 15, 2019

"I know that sounds lame, but we have to play 18 holes in a round of golf, we can't just get excited for one of them". Sunny skies are expected on Thursday and Friday, but off-and-on showers are in the weather forecast, so Mother Nature could play a role.

A new drop rule - instead of dropping from shoulder height, players are now required to drop from knee height - cost Fowler a one-stroke penalty in Mexico because he dropped from the old height.

Tiger Woods, starting as various other contenders finished for the day, was one over through three.

Mostly out of frustration, players have wondered if it wouldn't be better for the PGA Tour to have its own rules apart from those written by the United States Golf Association and The R&A. Dustin Johnson is one.

Last year, it was Webb Simpson that ran away with The Players, and it frankly wasn't close as he was dominant over the rest of the field from the first hole to the 72nd.

Tiger Woods, right, talks with Matt Killen, the putting coach of Justin Thomas, who is working with Woods the week, during a practice round of The Players Championship golf tournament, Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. During the last 12 years, The Players Championship has only grown in stature. Among them, only Tiger Woods with wins in 2001 and 2013 is competing this weekend.

Rory Mc Ilroy carded a five-under par 67
Rory Mc Ilroy carded a five-under par 67

Click the video above to see Moore's unbelievable ace on the 17th at TPC Sawgrass.

The world's third-ranked golfer is getting longer PGA odds after missing the cut last week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. The last time The PLAYERS was held in March was in 2006.

Koepka's drive power should pay dividends at TPC Sawgrass this week. Surrounded by thousands of spectators on top of the action, golfers must treat this 137-yard Par 3 carefully, hitting their ball onto the iconic island green with no real margin for error. If he's able to keep his momentum going this week, he'll have a strong chance to rack up plenty of birdies and eagles and climb the 2019 Players Championship leaderboard quickly. But he is going to a course that plays to his strengths, especially with his ability to post great greens-in-regulation numbers. Anyone who backs these underdogs could hit it big.

And who does that guy, Matt Brophy, like to win this year? And which long shots stun the golfing world?

Heavy rain earlier in the week made the fairways even softer and speckled some golf balls with mud - something else rarely seen in May - but Scott noticed the difference immediately.


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