May 8, 2014; Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, USA; Russell Henley talks to the media after playing the first round of The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass - Stadium Course. Photo Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports.

The Players Championship: Morning wave has picnic at TPC Sawgrass

Russell Henley leads The Players Championship after shooting a seven-under 65 that included nine birdies and a double-bogey.  Henley won earlier this year at the Honda Classic, and has become one of the best young talents on the PGA Tour.  As a two-time winner, he should be able to handle his nerves moving forward.

With virtually no wind and soft course conditions, TPC Sawgrass was more of a picnic in the park than a major test during the morning wave.

Eight golfers are currently tied for second place at five-under (67).  2008 Players Champion Sergio Garcia is among the group at five-under.  Garcia got his round to six-under through 13, but bogeyed the par-4 fifth (his fourteenth hole) to move back to five-under where he finished.

Lee Westwood, Justin Rose, Jordan Spieth, Gary Woodland, Scott Stallings, Brian Stuard, and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano are tied with Sergio at five-under.

Ernie Els, Dustin Johnson, and Scott Brown are tied for tenth at four-under (68).  John Huh is off to a fast start at four-under through six.

One of the wild rounds of the morning wave belonged to Zach Johnson.  Johnson had eight birdies, six pars, three bogeys, and a double-bogey to shoot a three-under 69 (T14).

The wind is picking up for the afternoon wave, but the course conditions remain soft.  Be on the look out for more low scores.


Tags: 2014 Players Championship Dustin Johnson Ernie Els Gary Woodland Jordan Spieth Lee Westwood PGA Tour Rory McIlroy Russell Henley Sergio Garcia TPC Sawgrass

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