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May 8, 2015 - 9:49am
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Perhaps hoping for some good karma at the Players Championship this week, Robert Streb had his 60-degree wedge stamped to display the 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass.

As we've seen over the last few years, players have gotten extremely creative when it comes to the look of their wedges. For this week at the Players Championship, I don't think anyone is topping Robert Streb's 60-degree wedge when it comes to the "coolness" factor.

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Check out this tweet by Titleist, showing off Streb's lob wedge, which features the famous par-3 17th hole:


How cool is that?

The 17th was kind to Streb on Thursday, when he escaped with a par on his way to a 2-under 70.

Jason Bohn
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Jason Bohn had the pleasure of picking his ball out of the cup without even having to putt it in on Thursday at The Players Championship.
To hear the TV announcers describe it, Thursday's pin placement on the par-4 sixth hole at The Players Championship was downright diabolical. The hole was way in the back of the green, Golf Channel analyst Nick Faldo told us, and was guarded by a ridge on the left and a hump on the right.
Jason Bohn's tee shot left him on the far left side of the fairway, 134 away from that intimidating flagstick. But he didn't worry about no stinkin' humps or ridges.
Instead, he sent his approach shot skyward, then watched it land a few feet away from the flag and hop twice to the left – and into the cup. Easy-peasy.
Bohn put together a solid 71, but the eagle on the 393-yard par 4 was the highlight of his day. Take a look – it's a thing of beauty:
May 7, 2015 - 1:29pm
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Brooks Koepka
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Brooks Koepka's first round in the Players Championship on Thursday was one he won't soon forget, both for how good it was at times and how bad it was at times.

The first round of the Players Championship was a colorful one for Brooks Koepka at TPC Sawgrass on Thursday.

Koepka, winner of the Waste Management Open earlier this season, is teeing it up in his first Players Championship this week. No doubt, it'll be a while before he forgets his debut which at times was sensational and -- at other times -- downright dreadful.

Playing the back nine first, Koepka opened with a bogey, but bounced right back with a birdie on No. 11. After pars on 12 and 13, things got, well, a little insane.

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Koepka lost his tee shot on the par-4 14th hole. That led to a double bogey to go 2 over for the round. He quickly canceled out the double with back-to-back birdies on Nos. 15 and 16.

Then, like it does for a lot of players at TPC Sawgrass, things got ugly at the par-3 17th. After hitting his tee ball and his penalty drop shots both in the water, Koepka was finally on the green in five shots and two-putted for a quadruple-bogey 7.

The bleeding didn't stop there. Kopeka, on the difficult par-4 18th hole, hit his third shot in the water from 141 yards out. On the green in five, Koepka three-putted for a quadruple-bogey 8 and an outward 8-over 44. In the span of two holes, he went from even par to 8 over.

With a bogey at the first hole -- his ninth of the day -- Koepka went to 9 over.

Ever the competitor, he went on to birdie three out of his next five holes and then parred the final two for an inward 2-under 34 and a 6-over 78 total.

It's not often pros have six birdies on the card and shoot a 78.

Sure, not the greatest start in the world, but a heck of a bounce back for Koepka who certainly did not pack it in.

Here's a look at the card:


May 7, 2015 - 12:57pm
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Tiger Woods
Here's a look back to the 2001 Players Championship when Tiger Woods holed arguably the best putt ever struck during the tournament on the 17th green.

Over the years, there have been countless great shots hit at TPC Sawgrass during the Players Championship.

A couple of days ago, I referenced back to the Fred Couples "hole-in-three" at the par-3 17th, when after hitting his initial tee shot in the water in 1999, Couples re-teed and proceeded to hole-out for the most unlikely of pars.

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Another shot -- on that very same hole -- that immediately comes to mind during Players Championship week is the famous "better than most" putt, called by announcer Gary Koch, struck by Tiger Woods on his way to winning the tournament for the first time in 2001.

Here's another look at that magnificent putt:

Woods, who won the last time he played at TPC Sawgrass in 2013, tees off for the first round of the Players Championship this afternoon at 1:49 along with Martin Kaymer and Adam Scott.


May 7, 2015 - 11:13am
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Rory McIlroy
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Par 5s are a little easier to play when you hit second shots into the green like Rory McIlroy did on No. 16 at TPC Sawgrass on Thursday.

Fresh off a win last week in the WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship at TPC Harding Park, it looks like Rory McIlroy has carried that momentum into this week's Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass early on.

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Playing the back nine first on Thursday, McIlroy ran off five consecutive pars. He birdied the 15th hole to get it under par and then made this masterful eagle on the par-5 16th hole:


What a smooth approach that was. At the time of this post, McIlroy was 3 under though eight holes after a par at the island-green, par-3 17th.