Check that. Ryan Moore is now to 8 under, along with Ryuji Imada, after his third straight birdie. Moore, who got his first career win at last year’s Wyndham Championship, has taken just five putts so far through his first four holes after sticking his approach shots on Nos. 11, 12 and 13 to set up birdies on all three holes. -- Brian Wacker
Starting your opening round at THE PLAYERS with an eagle and a birdie has got to loosen you up.
Ryuji Imada knows.
Imada holed out from 151 yards for eagle on the par-4 10th, the only par-4 eagle of the day, then hit the green in two on the 558-yard 11th before two-putting for birdie.
At day's end, Imada found himself with a 5-under 67.
"I hit a 3-wood off the tee on 10, and I looked up and the clouds were going left to right and my caddie told me it was going right to left," Imada said. "I wasn't quite sure what it was going to do.
What he did was trust his caddie.
"I hit a perfect shot and the wind took the ball," Imada said. "I couldn't quite see the ball go in the hole, but I knew I hit a great shot."
Imada likely could use the confidence today's round gave him. Imada has missed the cut here twice in four appearances. Still, he's not getting overconfident yet.
"I think (the course) played as easy as it could," he said. "You know, it's just the first day, and it really doesn't mean much. But it's a great start in the right direction and I'm looking forward to the weekend." -- Mark Spoor