Well, we should have expected this. On a day where conditions were perfect in the morning, the early birds most certainly got the worm. The top 6 players (5 at -7, 1 at -9) all played in the morning conditions when the wind was light and the greens were relatively soft. The player that stood out though was the world number 1, Jason Day. The 28 year old Aussie birdied three of his first four holes finishing the front with a 5 under 31. He came to the back nine unfazed birdieing the first three holes and then the island green 17th for a 32 on the back. “I can’t really recall the way that I hit the ball as well as I did today, and then also putting as well as I did”, Day said following his round. The combination of staying out of trouble and good roll of the putter led him to a solid 9 birdie 0 bogey round.
Unfortunately, the guys with the afternoon tee times could not get it going. Defending his Players Championship title, Rickie Fowler might have been rocking the best pair of shoes ever, but they did not help his game today shooting an even par 72 when the average score was around two shots better. He faltered down the stretch, taking a double bogey after finding the water on 18. Rory McIlroy could not get it going either with a 2 birdie, 2 bogey even par 72. Although the wind was up and the greens became firmer in the afternoon, that does not excuse them for their struggles on the green. Despite both guys striking the ball well, they could not get anything to fall with the flat stick. They both sit 9 shots back of the would #1 and although only one round has passed, there is some cause for concern for these young guns. They should have the easier conditions tomorrow morning so they have to make a move.