Adam Scott admits that he needs a hot second round at TPC Sawgrass to prevent the Players Championship from slipping away in Florida.
Scott and fellow countryman Jason Day ended the first round of the unofficial fifth five major battles of golf behind the lead after winding Thursday afternoon.
The pair signed for a creditable two-under-par 70, while the in-form Englishman Tommy Fleetwood and Keegan Bradley shared the lead at seven under with 65s.
Fleetwood and Bradley lead the Byeong Hun An and the American Brian Harman (66) from South Korea with one, while four-time main winner Rory McIlroy is five thanks to a 67.
McIlroy shares fifth place with Americans Vaughn Taylor and Ryan Moore, who picked up a stunning hole-in-one at the famous par-3 17th when he threw his tee in the hole.
Moore's 121-yard shot was the ninth ace in 17th place in the 45-year history of Players.
"See, there is a golf god at 17. This starts right away," commentators said about the broadcast.
"What was the chance that that happened?
"That is building the case for leaving the flag in my opinion.
"It flew right into it.
"Regarding seeing one on the stick so high for an ace … I don't think I've ever seen that at 17."
Meanwhile, the 2004 winner Scott won a 17-foot birdie putt on the difficult 18th.
But the 38-year-old says he won't stay in the race if he doesn't take advantage of the calm weather forecast for Friday morning.
"A quick start on the first nine is really handy, I have to be substandard and make the turn," said Scott.
"I hope & # 39; in the morning on soft greens, so that I can give a push in the right direction and see the boys fight in the afternoon (breezes) like we did today.
"I will have to get up to six (below) or better to feel that I am not completely back in the weekend."
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Scott and 2016 Players Champion Day share 34th with double winner at TPC Sawgrass, Tiger Woods.
Woods mixed four bogeys with an impressive six birdies, including five in the last nine, to stay within reach of the leaders.
Just like Scott and Day, the 14-time protagonist waves Thursday afternoon and is determined to climb the standings on Friday morning.
"All the low rounds (today) seemed to be mostly in the morning, hopefully we can catch it on the quieter side with somewhat smoother greens and a low number of places," Woods said.
Marc Leishman (71) was the second best of the Australians, while compatriot Cameron Smith (72) was a stroke further back on an equal footing.
Aaron Baddeley signed for a 75 drop to three left.
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