McIlroy has a mixed record at Ponte Vedra, missing the cut on his first outing here in 2009 and again in 2010 and 2012.
Scott, the 2004 Players victor, carded a three-under-par 69 at TPC Sawgrass to sit just three shots back of the clubhouse lead.
Undoubtedly the day belonged to former US Open champion Webb Simpson, whose sparkling round of 63 tied the course record and gave him a five-shot lead over Charl Schwartzel, Patrick Cantlay and Danny Lee. "I'm really happy with it".
"Well it was a good start and kind of a slow middle and a good finish", he said. You feel like no matter what, you're going to make it.
"And then on top of that, when you guys all saw how I was chipping so poorly, my nerve and my back was not doing very good, and I was flinching a lot, and he offered numerous times to help me out with technique and just talk about it and philosophy".
"But it was just a fun day. Driving, iron play, chipping and putting, and today everything came together".
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The preponderance of birdies seemed to come from the blade of Simpson's putter, as he rattled off six in a row on the back nine to distance himself from the field. We've also seen Craig Perks, Stephen Ames, and Tim Clark walk off the 18th green with victory. "Just the wrong club". He still tied the record with a 9-under 63, and he had a five-shot lead, the largest in the 45 years of this tournament.
Webb Simpson putts on the 17th green during the second round of The Players Championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass - Stadium Course.
Simpson's chase for history was the top end of drama late in the day.
"I think it's a lovely golf course in the sense that I could go shoot a few under tomorrow because there's birdie holes out there", he said. He would make a double-bogey 5, and his quest for an unmatched Sawgrass round was all but ended. Archaic stats, perhaps, but it illustrates the type of plodding necessary to tame Pete Dye's famed track.
Jordan Spieth gives us the first of what's sure to be many unbelievable shots on moving day.
Woods was resilient at Wells Fargo before a disappointing final round pushed him down to T-55.
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T69. Tiger Woods (E): It was going fine until he found the water on No. 18.
Rose and Rahm both fared much better than Thomas and Spieth in their effort to become the top player in the world.
If Spieth were to fight his way back into contention, a win combined with a finish by Johnson outside of the top 11 would allow Spieth to reclaim the world No. 1 ranking for the first time since he laid claim to it in 2015. He finished double bogey, bogey to drop out of the lead and back into the pack. We were hoping for it.
In other words, players on the PGA Tour are waiting for the rest of the planet to get on board.
"Starting out it had that vibe like you were playing for a title, you were playing to win, it just had that feel to it which is insane at 9 o'clock on a Saturday morning".
Simpson's struggles at the 17th boiled down to being unsure of about hitting a pitching wedge or sand wedge from 140 yards.
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Meanwhile, the annual inflation rate in the US edged up to 2.5 percent in April from 2.4 in March, matching market expectations. Turkey engaged in intense diplomacy and managed to convince Tehran to sit around the table to reach a nuclear agreement.
It remains unlikely that Rory McIlroy has publicly articulated the exact scale of his disappointment when falling short at the Masters - and why would he? - but the Northern Irishman is well aware of the best way to overcome heartache.
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