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Friday 2 June 2023 Dublin: 12°C

# The Players Championship

Last year
# Golf
Rory McIlroy hopes he has erased memories of struggles ahead of Sawgrass return
McIlroy held a two-shot lead following an opening 65 in last week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational, but carded back-to-back rounds of 76 over the weekend.
All time
# Justin Time
Justin Thomas holds his nerve to claim one-shot victory at Players Championship
Shane Lowry shot a final-round 68 to finish eighth at TPC Sawgrass.
# The Players Championship
Westwood fires 66 to lead while putting difficulties see Lowry slip down in Florida
Shane Lowry is two under through two rounds after a Friday 74 at TPC Sawgrass.
# Irish Eye
Shane Lowry: 'Things have not gone great over the last few weeks, so it's nice to shoot a decent score'
The Offaly man was pleased with his opening round at The Players Championship, but is ready to put it behind him and drive on today.
# Golf
PGA Tour cancels The Players Championship and stops play for three weeks
The PGA Tour has decided to cancel The Players Championship and upcoming tournaments.
# Flashback
'I missed the cut and ended up getting kicked out of bars for having a fake ID... I’ve come a long way!'
Rory McIlroy recalls his debut at Sawgrass as he aims to win a second Players Championship in a row.
# winner again
'I'm playing some of the best golf of my life right now': McIlroy eyes Augusta
A final-round 70 saw the Irishman end his 365-day wait for a PGA Tour title as he won The Players Championship.
# Champion
Rory McIlroy wins The Players Championship after brilliant performance in Florida
The 29-year-old secured the unofficial ‘fifth major’ for the first time following an excellent display at Sawgrass.
# Showtime
McIlroy one shot off the lead heading into the final round at TPC Sawgrass
Jon Rahm leads the way after his stunning third round, while Ryder Cup star Tommy Fleetwood sits in a tie for second.
Flawless first round sees McIlroy off to a flyer as Fleetwood leads the way at TPC Sawgrass
An opening round 67 sees the Northern Irishman sit two shots off the lead at The Players Championship.
# Tiger
'I've got it. I'm not that far off from winning golf tournaments'
Tiger Woods is upbeat.
# The Players Championship
Woods surges into Sawgrass contention with lowest round of season
A course record was on the cards, before an underwhelming back nine took the sting out of his charge.
# D'oh!
Webb Simpson's dream of an incredible 59 at the Players goes splash on the 17th
Simpson seizes control with a brilliant second-round at Sawgrass… but what might have been?
# Full house
Johnson headlines crowded leaderboard at Players Championship but Spieth struggles
A group of six were tied for the lead after the opening round of The Players Championship.
# The Players Championship
'I didn't get the result I wanted' - Masters disappointment fueling McIlroy's desire
Rory McIlroy is confident his game is in good shape ahead of the Players Championship.
# howya shcan
Rory McIlroy to have scan on injury but remains in Players contention
Bothered by his back, Rory McIlroy said he would need a scan to determine the severity of the injury.
# Ace
Masters winner Garcia hits a hole-in-one on famed 17th at The Players Championship
The ace was the highlight of a one-over par round for the Spaniard.
# Lesser Lights
McGirt and Hughes lead the way at The Players Championship
All the Irish golfers finished over par after round one.
McIlroy and DJ to form star-studded pairing at Players Championship
Shane Lowry and Graeme McDowell are also in the field at Sawgrass this week.
# Frustrated
McIlroy curses final hole after hunting course record
The world number three was left fuming after he missed a chance to beat the course record in Ponte Vedra Beach.
# Super Shane
Shane Lowry takes 36-hole lead at The Players - and this eagle certainly helped
Jason Day leads the field by three shots, but Lowry is hot on the world number one’s heels.
# splash
Dustin Johnson's brother jumps into water hazard to save two-shot penalty
You’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do.
# TPC Sawgrass
Rory McIlroy just misses out on course record with stunning 64 at The Players
McIlroy sits two off the lead after a red-hot afternoon at Sawgrass.
# Play On Players
Blistering start for Shane Lowry at The Players, Day equals course record
Lowry two shots behind world number one Day after the morning’s play at Sawgrass.
# pouring them in
Rory McIlroy's putter runs hot at TPC, Sawgrass as Martin Kaymer leads
The German is on course for a multi-million euro cheque and a return to the winners’ enclosure on the PGA Tour.
# up and down
Another roller-coaster round from Rory on day 3 of the Players Championship
The Northern Irish golfer endured another mixed bag at TPC Sawgrass.
# Making A Splash
Scott finds the drink at 17 as Ryder Cup hero Kaymer equals TPC record
Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy are well placed for a second round charge on their Team Europe colleague.
# Get in the hole
Justin Leonard's 147-yard eagle at TPC Sawgrass was so good it destroyed the hole
Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell, meanwhile, are in the hunt after a positive opening day.
# Feud
Tiger Woods calls Sergio Garcia's fried chicken jibe 'wrong, hurtful, and clearly inappropriate'
But the World No 1 says it’s time to move on.
# splash
Sergio Garcia has 'Tin Cup' moment, puts 3 balls in the water
Garcia blew his chance at the Players with a 7-6 finish on the final two holes.
# The Players Championship
Tiger wins The Players as Garcia sinks under pressure
Sergio Garcia found the water three times on the final two holes as Tiger Woods won golf’s “fifth Major”.
# No TLC at TPC
Woods, Garcia battle more than the elements at The Players Championship
It was handbags at dawn during a stormy third round on Saturday.
# The Players Championship
McIlroy fails to fire as Sergio, Tiger take control at the Players
Garcia leads the way on 11-under par but world number one Tiger Woods is only a shot back at the TPC Sawgrass.
# PGA Tour
Rory McIlroy identifies room for improvement at Player's Championship
The Northern Irishman went through bogey-free at the usually tricky TPC Sawgrass, holing six birdies on his first 11 holes after starting on the back nine.
# Opinion
In the swing: Matt finish at Sawgrass no more than Kuchar deserved
One of golf’s good guys is also one of the game’s most consistent performers. Neil Cullen takes a look at Matt Kuchar’s win at The Players Championship.
# Business end
Na takes narrow lead into the final day at Sawgrass
Kevin Na leads Matt Kuchar by one shot after three rounds of The Players Championship.
# What just happened?
Third time unlucky: McIlroy heads home as Johnson takes the lead at Sawgrass
The World No1 has promised to return to The Players Championship next year, despite showing poor form yet again.
# Opening Drive
Harrington gets into the groove at Sawgrass
Padraig Harrington is four shots off the early lead, held by Ian Poulter and Martin Laird, at the Players Championship.
# Early Doors
The Morning Score: Friday
Thank God it’s Friday — a weekend full of sport is nearly upon us. Here’s what you need to know this morning.
# Bottle
The Island: Tiger is not a fan but most golf fans love the infamous hole at Sawgrass
Phil Mickleson has found the waters around the penultimate green on six occasions in the last 10 years.