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Martin Kaymer soars in first round of the Players Championship

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer

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It was a gorgeous day at TPC Sawgrass for the first round of the Players Championship and the play equaled the weather.

If you missed the action because you were reading every NFL mock draft the Internet had to offer, here's what you missed.

1. Martin Kaymer's course record: Kaymer shot a 63 (including a second nine of 29) to tie the TPC Sawgrass course record held by Roberto Castro, Fred Couples, and Greg Norman.

His second nine holes were just an absolute show, capped with a kick-in birdie at No. 9 (Kaymer started on the front nine).

Here's a look at his historic card:

2. Don't forget about Russell Henley's 65: It got lost in the shuffle a little bit but Henley's 7-under 65 was nothing to giggle about. Henley can move past that Harris English/Patrick Reed/Jordan Spieth group as America's best young golfer with a win this week.

3. Big boy leaderboard: For all the first-timers we've had win tournaments this season, it's kind of nice to have some familiar names (and faces) atop this leaderboard. Justin Rose, Dustin Johnson, Ernie Els, Sergio Garcia, Bubba Watson, Jason Dufner, Graeme McDowell, Zach Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Lee Westwood, and Bill Haas are all in the hunt. That'll play.

4. Will MacKenzie's chip: It wasn't the best (that would be Justin Leonard) but Willy Mac's chip and run was my favorite of the day:

5. Scoring was bountiful at first but tough late: Thursday's first-round average was right at par. Here's how that compares to first rounds at this tournament in the last five years.

2014: 72.0
2013: 72.0
2012: 72.4
2012: 72.2
2011: 71.1
2010: 72.1

6. Strangely, this sums up Martin Kaymer quite nicely

7. Adam Scott and Phil Mickelson struggle: Scott shot a 77, Mickelson shot a 75 and both looked awful doing it. They have a lot of work to do to make the cut which will likely be at or under par.

8. This guy was just the best:

9. Bubba's big day: Bubba Watson played his first round since winning the Masters on Thursday and it came at a course he traditionally struggles at. An eagle and four birdies plus a 69 will get the job done anywhere.

10. Sergio Garcia just can't help himself: Garcia shot a nice little 67 but said his meltdown at No. 17 from last year was on his mind on Thursday.

"It did cross my mind; I'm not going to lie to you. I was trying to be positive. It's a new year, let's improve on it."

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