Dustin Johnson posts career-best round to open Players

Jon Rahm has a chance to leapfrog both Johnson and Thomas

"I think I've done a better job of ... not figuring it out, you never figure it out, but I've done a better job of being less aggressive when I need to and more aggressive when I need to", Glover told reporters of his approach at TPC Sawgrass. "It was probably a fair reflection of how I played", McIlroy said.

The bad news came when he looked up at the leaderboard, and saw Johnson's name up in lights at the top after a bogey-free 66 that was matched by a number of players as the day progressed, including gritty Swede Alex Noren and American Matt Kuchar. "You watch DJ and you say, 'No one can beat that guy.' And now he can lose No. 1". He needed only 12th place alone last week at Quail Hollow (he tied for 21st).

Simpson, who has four top-10s against just one missed cut this season, briefly held the clubhouse lead after his 66.

The 17-time PGA Tour victor has also seen his 15-month hold on the No. 1 ranking loosen considerably of late, even though his results have been good if not great.

He has not won a tournament since his victory at the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii in January and has struggled to reproduce his best form in recent outings.

But unless he finishes in at least a tie for 11th this week at the Players Championship, Johnson is poised to be overtaken by the likes of No. 2 Justin Thomas, No. 3 Jon Rahm, No. 4 Jordan Spieth or No. 5 Justin Rose.

Rose needs to win this flagship PGA Tour title to have any chance of becoming No 1 for the first time in his illustrious career, and was delighted with a fine 68.


Johnson does not seem bothered. "He's been pretty close to me for a while, so I know there's a chance that someone can pass me", Johnson said. I definitely want to stay there, but if someone passes me it's not going to change anything, I'm going to still go back to next week and try to get it back.

Hadley briefly got to 7-under as he finished his round but fell back a shot. They're tough. I feel like they're tough to read. "If I don't, someone's going to pass me, which is okay".

Reigning U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka reinjured his left wrist while practicing Wednesday, but he played Thursday and shot a 2-under 70. He won later in the year at The Northern Trust. "Once you're there, you have a lot of points to defend [the ranking system works on a two-year sliding scale], and there's a lot that goes into it". "I made some putts, which was great".

The marquee group of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler had not yet teed off for their respective opening round when Johnson and Simpson posted their 66s.

Woods had the best round with an even-par 72, but he was so frustrated with how he played much of the day, he fist-pumped a bogey on 18.

Unlike Spieth, who started bogey-bogey-eagle-double bogey and found water three times in his first seven holes en route to a disquieting 75, McIlroy got off to a good start. They were a combined 3 over, and McIlroy had the best score of the group with a 71.

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