Many Golf connoisseurs class The Players as the 5th Major of the PGA Tour calendar and the 2015 event has attracted the worlds best. The memorable 17th always provides great entertainment, and the tough 18th tee shot is enough to cause any great player to become a little distracted. 

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It is not however the worlds top ranked players who are leading the way, the 5-under par lead is shared between David Hearn, Hideki Matsuyama, Kevin Na and Charley Hoffman. 

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Maybe the next great rivalry in golf were paired together with Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth teeing it up alongside Jason Day, and even Tiger makes an appearance despite his recent break up and the anniversary of his fathers death. 

Spieth Struggled on day 1 and only managed to finish +3 and some 8 shots back. He has had a lot of media responsibilities since his Masters win and maybe a little worn out, but never the less he gave it his all as usual. 

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Rickie Fowler showed some good form on day 1 getting to 6 under par through his opening 11 holes. But his 12th hole, the par 3-3rd caused him problems, his pushed tee shot meant he was struggling to make par and his troubles around the green lead to a double bogey. He could not seem to make the birdies again after that and dropped another shot on his final hole. He finished 3 under par and 2 back of the lead. 

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Rory McIlroy also had a calm day by his standards, the world no1 made his first birdie after 6 holes, shortly followed by an eagle straight after. Rory didn't show much more of his extraordinary talent on day 1 making 7 pars 1 birdie and 1 bogey on the back 9 to finish 3 under par and 2 back. 

All eyes were on the form of Tiger Woods this week, the 14 time major champion had glimmers of greatness, he made a total of 5 birdies but also dropped 6 shots. He made doubles at 8 and 18 with bogies at 1 and 15. 

Defending champion Martin Kaymer had a steady opening round, he ended day 1 at 3 under par and also 2 shots back. Kaymer has struggled for form recently but lets hope  he can have another great few weeks and continue his form for 2015.

The leaderboard is looking tight after day 1 with nobody breaking away yet, the top ranked players are all hovering around the top and I'm sure will want to make their move as soon as possible. 


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