Players Championship 2017 live stream, round one leaderboard, tee times, updates

JASON Day has made a solid start to his title defence during the opening round of the Players Championship, while Adam Scott is one shot off the lead late in his first round.

Despite cooling off after a red-hot start, Australian world No.3 Day signed for a two-under-par 70 at Florida’s famed TPC Sawgrass on Thursday (Friday AEST). The 29-year-old sits three shots back of clubhouse leader William McGirt, who fired a superb 67 to climb to five-under.

American McGirt currently holds a one-shot cushion over JB Holmes and Alex Noren (both 69) at four under with the afternoon wave underway at the $ US10.5m (A$ 14.2m) event.

Earlier, Day teed off the 10th hole in hot Florida conditions, negotiating the notoriously difficult back nine in bogey-free fashion.

Day, who won the Players Championship by four shots last year, soared to five- under through 11 holes at the event considered golf’s unofficial fifth major. But three back-nine birdies cruelled Day’s chances and he joined compatriot Aaron Baddeley (70) at two-under. Baddeley also suffered a late collapse with a triple-bogey 7 at his 16th hole.

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