McIlroy, Johnson in the mix as Fleetwood leads The Players Championship

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It is just the ninth hole-in-one on Pete and Alice Dye's penultimate hole on the TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course in the PGA Tour event's history, and the first since Sergio Garcia's ace in 2017.

Moore's ace hit the flagstick on the fly from 121 yards out on the par-3 hole, bringing a sliver of turf with it into the hole, before it nestled in the bottom of the cup. Considering all 50 of the top 50 in the Official World Golf Rankings were in attendance at the start of the event, The Players represents the first opportunity for golfers to make a large impact in the new, more condensed PGA Tour schedule.

Despite the prank, I'm sure the experience of playing 17 was one that the golfers will never forget. Anyone who backs these underdogs could hit it big.

Along with the US PGA Championship moving to May, golf now has four majors and the Players spread across five months between March and July.

Only Phil Mickelson and Bob Tway (nine) have come close to Baddeley's record. Tway also holds the dubious distinction of carding the highest score at 17, taking a 12 in 2005.

After a 282 yard drive on the 523-yard par-5 16th, Taylor chipped his third shot to 6 feet, which he rolled for one-putt birdie on the hole.

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SportsLine's prediction model, built by DFS pro Mike McClure, has nailed four of the past eight majors entering the weekend and called Tiger Woods' deep run in the PGA Championship despite being a 25-1 long shot. "You get a bad bounce here", McIlroy said.

The victor at TPC Sawgrass this week will take home $2.25m, the highest-ever winner's cheque in professional tournament golf, and Johnson says the event, which has been moved back to March for the first time since 2006, is already a major championship in many players' minds. He was T11 past year. "I haven't got the best record on 17".

He also has some good memories from the hole, however.

McIlroy, a presence on leaderboards every time he has played this year, got off to a good start with a bogey-free sortie. "If you hit it well like I did today you're going to have chances and you can shoot a score".

"It's an all-or-nothing type shot".

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