We saw some very low numbers forfeited by TPC Sawgrass in Round 1 of the 2014 Players Championship. Some pristine weather and impeccable course conditions allowed the field to take full advantage on Thursday.
None did so more than first-round leader Martin Kaymer.
According to The Players' official Twitter account, his front-nine 29 was the first ever in the tournament's history:
First back-nine 29 in THE PLAYERS Championship history. Your leader Martin Kaymer at -9 under after rd. 1 pic.twitter.com/TFuga7YCAW— THE PLAYERS (@THEPLAYERSChamp) May 8, 2014
He posted his opening front-nine 29 after opening with a 34 on the back nine, finishing as the first-round leader with a nine-under 63.
Kaymer wasn't the only player to go low. Here's a look at the current leaderboard:
Kaymer's 29 was simply astonishing. After navigating the treacherous final three holes of the course at even par, he moved to the front nine and recorded seven birdies and two pars. Certainly, his blemish-free first round bodes well for the final three days of the tournament.
Russell Henley kept pace with Kaymer nicely.
The American finished the front nine at one under after recording an unfortunate double bogey on the par-four seventh. That didn't faze him, though.
After recording three consecutive birdies to open the back nine, followed by two pars, Henley saved his best golf for last.
He birdied the par-four 15th and par-five 16th before his best shot of the day.
On the tough par-three 17th island green, he masterfully placed his tee shot just five feet from the pin, setting up an easy birdie putt. Here's a look at his fantastic effort:
Sang-Moon Bae holds third position after a six-under 66 on the day. His best highlight came on the par-five second hole after his approach shot settled just a few feet from the pin. Here's a look at his incredible shot:
That eagle quickly propelled him to three under on the day. He remained consistent throughout the remainder of his round, recording one bogey and four additional birdies for his six-under score.
After those three golfers, the field tightens up in a big way, with eight players tied for fourth after shooting five-under 67s on the day.
Lee Westwood is one of the eight players sharing the fourth position, and he spoke of his performance during a post-round interview, courtesy of PGATour.com:
Unfortunately, not every big name in the field shared this same type of success on Thursday.
Phil Mickelson shot three over on the day, J.B. Holmes shot four over and Adam Scott shot five over. These scores weren't expected from some of golf's best on a day where putting up low numbers was common.
Scott's round may be the most disappointing, as he had a shot to become the world's top golfer with a solid showing, according to a tweet from Fox Sports News:
All three of these players have plenty of work to do just to make the cut.
Expect to see plenty of movement in Round 2 should conditions remain as pristine as they did on Thursday. With such a tight grouping of players atop the leaderboard, we're bound to see some drastic shifts in short order.