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After ending the first round of the Players Championship Thursday, March 11, 2021, Sergio Garcia led the pack. This year 48 of the world’s top 50 players will participate at the same location where COVID-19 shut golf down 12 months ago.
The groups of stars that will be featured in this tournament will be star-studded. With the absence of Brooks Koepka, Matthew Wolff, and Tiger Woods, the following trios will claim the majority of attention over the first 36 holes:
- Viktor Hovland, Patrick Cantlay, Justin Thomas
- Sergio Garcia, Webb Simpson, Rory McIlroy
- Patrick Reed, Jon Rahm, Jordan Spieth
- Bryson DeChambeau, Collin Morikawa, Dustin Johnson
At the end of the first round of the Players Championship Thursday, Garcia was asked what caused him to be the leader? Garcia expressed that it is the little things. He has really paid attention to the little things since he was forced to withdraw from the Masters because of a positive coronavirus test last November.
As many as 10,000 fans have been welcomed to attend PGA Tour events along with the Players Championship. Garcia, as well as other golfers, are happy to feel the energy that spectators bring. But Garcia also feels wary and states:
You know that at any time you might get it from any one of them, Not that they’re trying to give it to you or anything, but it might happen.
The Second Round of the Players Championship will be Friday at TPC Sawgrass.
Written by Omari Jahi
CBS Golf: 2021 Players Championship tee times, pairings: Complete field, schedule for Round 1 at TPC Sawgrass, Kyle Porter
Golf Digest: Players Championship 2021 odds: Here are the most intriguing odds in one of golf’s best fields, Stephen Hennessey
The New York Times: Sergio García, Leading the Players Championship, Still Has Covid on His Mind, Bill Pennington
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