Sergio Garcia aces No. 17 at the Players Championship

Oct 2 2016 Chaska MN USA Sergio Garcia of Spain reacts to a putt on the 15th green during the single matches in 41st Ryder Cup at Haze

Oct 2 2016 Chaska MN USA Sergio Garcia of Spain reacts to a putt on the 15th green during the single matches in 41st Ryder Cup at Haze

Stuck between a "soft" 9-iron and a "hard" wedge, the Spaniard went with the hard wedge on Friday at the 17 hole.

"I hit a good shot". It was the second of his PGA career and it followed a second-round ace at the intimidating hole at last year's Players Championship by Willy Wilcox, which was the first since Miguel Angel Jimenez in 2002 (per ESPN). Two players failed to make the cut entirely. I don't know, it can do anything.

"Got off to a awful start but managed to have a great finish and tomorrow I'll go out there a little calmer and get back into this tournament".

"My day is kind of summed up on the first hole when I one-hopped it into the flag, and it came off the green and I made bogey", Johnson said.

Despite dropping four shots in his final two holes, Scott is still only three shots adrift of joint leaders Willie McGirt (USA) and Mackenzie Hughes (Canada).

Day's prospects of creating history looked bright when he played his first 11 holes in five under par, but the 29-year-old Australian bogeyed three of his last four holes and had to settle for an opening 70.


Garcia had just birdied the par-5 16th but was still three over in his first round since winning The Masters.

Garcia stepped to the 17th tee Thursday afternoon at +3 for his round.

Day's victory at Sawgrass 12 months ago was his seventh in 17 events, but he has recorded just one top-10 finish in 2017, although his form has been badly affected by his mother's battle with lung cancer. "I felt like I was a little bit up in the clouds, and when I woke up, I was four-over after six".

"I think I wasn't quite in the tournament because of everything that's been going on after the Masters win, and media and people congratulating you left, right and centre".

Scott drowned his ball again on the 18th en route to two closing double bogeys.

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