by Jeff Skinner
It was a very interesting day at the Players Championship on Thursday. The tournament may have been mistaken for an Audubon Society Convention at Sawgrass yesterday. On the leader board you could spot a Crane, a Byrd and a Goose. Ben Crane used only 22 putts to go seven under for a one stroke lead. Jonathan Byrd and Retief Goosen were in a group of nine players two strokes back tied for fifth. Tied for second were John Mallinger, Richard S. Johnson and Alex Cejka. Even with all his millions Tiger could not buy a putt. He missed seven birdie putts under twelve feet. Phil was all over the place and only hit four greens in regulation and shot a 73. Scott Verplank had two eagles on the day.
The infamous seventeenth and the finishing eighteenth offer a really exciting end to the tournament. Watch as Rod Pampling gives a shot by shot strategy session during his practice round. You get to see the holes as the players do. Check out the videos.
The seventeenth gets all the attention, but the thirteenth caused more problems off the tee yesterday. There were fourteen tee balls plunked into the water at the seventeenth but the thirteenth saw eighteen balls get wet off the tee.