Tommy Fleetwood makes fine start to the Players Championship

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The Englishman piled up six birdies on the more hard front nine to set a cracking pace with a bogey-free seven-under-par 65 in Ponte Vedra Beach. "Driving is a strength for me normally and if you put it in play all the time in general you have a big advantage".

"I'm trying to keep up", Fleetwood joked.

"I have played a lot in Africa, so I am really used to the altitude here, I know how far the ball is going, and my caddy was really good today", added Hoey, who is seeking to regain his card with a sixth European Tour win.

"The wind picked up and there were some tough holes there", he said.

"I actually drove it pretty well, but my distance control with my irons into these greens has been pretty diabolical", Dawson said after mixing one birdie with five bogeys and four double-bogeys.

"The sense of achievement winning the Players, to beat such a strong field on a very demanding course, is an absolute highlight of my career". It's a massive key around here and then I started picking a few shots up.

And no one seemed as surprised as the two-time PGA Tour victor.

Under the new format, we've got The Masters next month, the PGA Championship in its new May slot, the U.S. Open in June, The Open Championship in July and then the FedEx Cup Playoffs in August. He missed a scheduled tournament for the first time since returning a year ago from spinal fusion surgery, and said it was more to make sure a growing problem that started last month in Los Angeles did not get worse.

As for Seamus Power, he turned in one-under on his tournament debut, but dropped four shots in a five-hole stretch from the 10th before getting a shot back at the 16th in a two-over 74. Adam Scott is the only other player in the field to win in March (2004), as the event has shifted back to this time of year after being played 12 straight years in May.

He was in a greenside bunker in two shots, but took two attempts to get out of the sand, and three more to hole out.

Tiger Woods was among those with a late tee time.

Fleetwood birdied six of his last nine holes in an inward half of 30, just one shot outside the tournament record, to set an imposing clubhouse target of seven under par and enjoy a one-shot lead over Korea's Ben An and American Brian Harman.

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