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Jason Day's 9-under 63 starts Players Championship with a bang

Written By Bob Hille
Jason Day
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Jason Day's record-tying 9-under 63 led a birdie barrage Thursday in the opening round of The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

Day's sizzling start — tied for the low score on the famed Stadium Course — was good for the early lead in the so-called fifth major. However, Daydidn't put much distance between himself and the field.

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In fact, among the first day's early wave, no fewer than 17 players were at 5-under or better. Bill Haas, Shane Lowry, Justin Rose and Cameron Tringale at minus-7 were two shots back of the leader and top-ranked world player.

Starting on the 10th tee, Day shot a 32 on his first nine and bettered that by a shot on his second nine, leaving even his wife impressed with how easy it looked.

Before Thursday's round of nine birdies and nine pars, Day's most recent round at TPC Sawgrass was an 81 with a triple and two doubles.

Meanwhile, world No. 2 Jordan Spieth, competing for the first time since his Masters collapse and in the same group as Day, appeared to fight himself at times Thursday. Still, he got it to minus-3 on his second nine but closed with a double-bogey 7 on the par-5 No. 9 to finish at even-par 72.

World No. 3 Rory McIlroy, No. 4 Bubba Watson and No. 5 Rickie Fowler were among those teeing off in the afternoon.

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