On one of the easiest days in the history of the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass — more than half the field is in red numbers, and 11 golfers shot a round of 66 or better — the world's No. 1 golfer had one of his best performances of the year and tied the course record with a 63.
Jason Day. At his best.— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) May 12, 2016
Highlights of his course record-tying 63. https://t.co/4j0kHZLe7q
Day has never won at TPC Sawgrass, but he carded nine birdies and zero bogeys in his first round to lead the field by two strokes.
Day's round could have been even better. He started on the 10th hole, and was an inch away from holing a long birdie putt on the long par-3 eighth. Day finished his round with birdie at the ninth.
@JDayGolf tying course records, taking names. I'm just over here making lasagna and keeping my small humans alive. ???— Ellie Day (@ellielaneday) May 12, 2016
Jordan Spieth played with Day and couldn't keep up. In his first tournament since losing a five-shot lead at the Masters, Spieth dropped three shots over his last five holes and labored to a 72. He ended with a double bogey on the par-5 ninth when it took him five shots to get down from a bunker behind the green.
Masters champion Danny Willett, rusty from a month of being home with a newborn son and a green jacket, opened with a 70.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.