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McIlroy to undergo test on troublesome back

McIlroy to undergo test on troublesome back

On a typical hole like that out on the course, there'd be two cameras, but the nature of this hole is that it's surrounded by water, it's the second-to-last hole, and it's played in a championship of this magnitude.

The tournament is being played at TPC Sawgrass, the stadium course in Ponte Vedra, Florida.

"I made sure to hit balls before we got married just to make sure that I could play with it on". "I've just sort of been managing it since, so it's okay, it's manageable". An iron over the green approaching the par-5 11 and a drive into the water on No. 14 prompting the second double-bogey left the world's second-rank player at 3 over. No player has ever won back-to-back at The Players Championship titles. The new conditions, with changes to the 12 hole, may make it more hard.

"I played some good golf out there and unfortunately not on the last two", Scott said after settling for a 70.

The world No 2 admitted he can not hit many balls on the range, and he managed only nine holes of practice ahead of his first start since the Masters last month.

He has faced numerous obstacles over the past year and it doesn't help that Johnson is playing so well, opening up a huge lead in the rankings after winning three of his past four starts.

Mickelson, who won The Players in 2007 when it first moved from March to May, hasn't had a top 10 since then and hasn't played he weekend since 2012.

"It was tough to get close to a lot of the pins and I only birdied one of the par fives".

"I wasn't quite in the tournament because of everything that's been going on". That's going to happen.

And summoning up the resolve to get back to the top spot has proven to be a challenge.

Out on the course, Spain's Jon Rahm and Canada's David Hearn shared the lead on five under par, with current Masters champion Sergio Garcia just three off the pace.

Spieth and Masters victor Sergio Garcia are level at one over following 73s, the latter's display highlighted by his hole-in-one at the iconic 17th hole.

McIlroy himself suffered a double in the first round but had no such disasters on Friday, signing a clean scorecard which included just two birdies and one bogey.

"It was great", Garcia said. This marked Garcia's second hole-in-one on the PGA Tour.

What thrilled the Spaniard even more was the number on his card - 1.

Hughes had a bogey-free day and five birdies.

Garcia said it was nice to post an ace after getting off to a rocky beginning.

RORY'S BACK: Rory McIlroy said he needed to drop a few pounds coming off his wedding and honeymoon. After his opening round Thursday, McIlroy complained of the back ailment returning. Just had two holes get away from me.

"It's obviously not 100 percent, but it's good enough to get myself around here for the next couple of days", McIlroy said about his back.

He made that, but the issues continued as McIlroy made his way around the back nine. He just didn't expect to be punished like this.

"There's so much randomness that you just have to execute".