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Players Championship 2015: Tee Times, TV and Live Stream Schedule for Friday

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIIMay 8, 2015

Hideki Matsuyama of Japan chips from the 10th fairway during the first round of The Players championship golf tournament Thursday, May 7, 2015, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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Most of the big names are at least two shots back after one day at the 2015 Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Hideki Matsuyama, Kevin Na, David Hearn and Charley Hoffman are all tied atop the leaderboard after shooting five-under 67s on Thursday.

World No. 1 Rory McIlroy is just two shots back at three-under par, as are Rickie Fowler and the event's defending champion, Martin Kaymer. Fowler obviously has some things to prove to his peers after a recent poll of PGA Tour pros labeled him "overrated."

Fowler responded with this quote before play began on Thursday, per Will Gray of the Golf Channel: “I guess top-fives in four majors aren’t that good. Like I said, I’ll take care of my business and I’ll be just fine.”

Fowler is pacing to add another solid finish to his resume. Friday's action will get started bright and early. Here are a few notable tee times (Eastern time) for second-round action.  

  • David Hearn, 7:36 a.m.
  • Charley Hoffman, 7:46 a.m.
  • Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia, 8:28 a.m.
  • Martin Kaymer, Adam Scott and Tiger Woods at 8:39 a.m.
  • Kevin Na, 9:10 a.m.
  • Jimmy Walker, Hideki Matsuyama and Ernie Els at 1:17 p.m.
  • Rickie Fowler, 1:28 p.m.
  • Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Jason Day at 1:49 p.m.

You can see all of the tee times here courtesy of PGATour.com. Here's the viewing information for Friday as well.

Friday, May 8 (Eastern time)

  • 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Golf Channel

Saturday, May 9

  • 12 p.m. - 2 p.m., Golf Channel
  • 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., NBC

Sunday, May 10

  • 12 p.m. - 2 p.m., Golf Channel
  • 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., NBC

You can watch a live stream of the tournament online at PGATour.com.

Tiger Not Out of It

Chris O'Meara/Associated Press

The two most accomplished players on the PGA Tour, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, shot matching one-over 73s on Thursday. Obviously, both would have liked to play a little better on Thursday, but a six-stroke deficit after one round is hardly cause for panic.

Woods was erratic on Thursday, as the Golf Channel's Jason Sobel explains:

Jason Sobel @JasonSobelTAN

Tiger Woods doubles the last for an opening-round 1-over 73 that included brilliance, blunders and just about everything in between.

With an adjustment on one or two holes, Woods could have easily shot a 69 or 68; but he didn't. He doesn't appear to be in any danger of missing the cut, but if he wants to be a factor this weekend, he'll need to be strong on Friday.

The Defending Champion and World No. 1 Primed for Jump

Eric Risberg/Associated Press

The fellas at the top of the leaderboard after one round aren't exactly accustomed to being there. With two proven winners of the biggest tournaments in McIlroy and Kaymer within two shots, we should expect at least one of them to make a serious move on Friday.

Kaymer is quietly making this event his showcase. After winning in 2014, he's in position to at least threaten again this year.

John Raoux/Associated Press

McIlroy is playing at a level where he's considered a strong favorite in every tournament he enters. None of the leaders can feel safe with him just two shots back.

Nightmare Day for Spieth

Chris O'Meara/Associated Press

The 2015 Masters Tournament champion, Jordan Spieth, came back down to earth on Thursday. His three-over 75 has him in danger of missing the cut. Last year, the cut line was a brutal and unforgiving one-over par.

Spieth has some work to do to get ahead of that pace. He's certainly shown the ability to put together a stellar day of golf. However, we haven't yet seen him come back to contend after a disastrous beginning in a big-time tournament like this one.

We'll see if he has a resurgence on Friday.

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