on THE PGA TOUR
This week: The Players Championship. Thursday through Sunday, TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Moore’s first-round score: 3-under-par 69.
Stanley’s first-round score: 1-over 73.
Position: Moore is tied for 17th, and Stanley is tied for 78th – all trailing co-leaders Martin Laird and Ian Poulter (65).
Recap: Moore seems to really be figuring out how to play this challenging Pete Dye-designed layout, recording his fifth consecutive opening round of par or better at this event – and his second-best score behind his first-round 67, set in 2010. And the real bizarre aspect of the round was that Moore was 1-over on the par-5 holes, which are considered the best way to attack this course. After making three birdies putts of 10 feet or shorter at Nos. 4, 7 and 13, he holed out a 20-yard pitch shot from the right apron at the 15th hole for a final birdie. … Stanley made a pair of first-nine birdies on the par-5 holes, then really hit the skids. He played the final 11 holes in 2-over, with bogeys at No. 18 (three-putt from 35 feet) and No. 7 (errant drive right forced him to lay up short of green).
At the island-green par-3 17th hole: Stanley’s wedge tee shot landed right behind the front-pin location, but his 9-foot birdie bit stayed right of the hole. … Moore’s tee shot went to the back plateau, and he nestled his 46-footer just inches to the right of the cup.
Tee times Friday: Stanley at 5:29 a.m. PDT off the first tee, and Moore at 5:50 a.m. PDT off the 10th tee.