Keeping Score

Hideki Matsuyama surges in front at Players

Japanese player eagles final hole for course-record-tying 9-under 63 and 2-stroke lead in PGA Tour’s premier event

9: Number of players who share the course record, a 9-under 63, during the PGA Tour’s Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass’ Stadium Course in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama joined the club when he sank a 24½-foot eagle putt on his last hole, the par-5 ninth, to punctuate his round on Thursday and open a two-stroke lead. The others who shot 63: Fred Couples, 1992; Greg Norman, 1994; Roberto Castro, 2013; Martin Kaymer, 2014; Jason Day, 2016; Colt Knost, 2016; Webb Simpson, 2018; Brooks Koepka, 2018. Norman, Kaymer, Day and Simpson went on to win the tournament. Matsuyama, 28, a five-time winner on Tour, is seeking his first U.S. victory in 2½ years. South Africa’s Christiaan Bezuidenhout, American Harris English and South Korea’s Si Woo Kim were tied at 65. Of the 139 players who completed play before darkness suspended the round, 81 were under par on a warm, calm day (scores).

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