Tommy Fleetwood made seven birdies in a bogey-free roundPlayers Championship around a leaderboard-7T Fleetwood (Eng), K Bradley (US); -6 Byeong-hun An (Kor), B Harman (USA); -5 R McIlroy (NI), V Taylor, R Moore (both US); -4 R Sabbatini (Svk), JT Poston, K Stanley, K Kisner (all US) Other selected: -3 M Wallace, I Poulter (both Eng), D Johnson (US); -2 T Woods (US), R Knox (Sco), M Fitzpatrick (Eng); +2 J Rose (Eng), +3 D Willett (Eng)
Tommy Fleetwood from England hit a seven-under-65 and shared the lead of the Players Championship with Keegan Bradley after the first round in Sawgrass.
Fleetwood, 28, hit six birdies in his last nine holes and came home in 30 shots, once outside the tournament record.
American Bradley made six birdies, an eagle and a bogey in Florida.
They are a shot for the Byeong-hun An and American Brian Harman from South Korea, with Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy farther back.
McIlroy made a bogey-free 67 and equals fifth with Americans Vaughn Taylor and Ryan Moore.
"I played very well all day apart from the fact that I shot a bad tee at 14 and got away with it," Fleetwood told Sky Sports.
"The course makes you feel uncomfortable at all, you are always a semi-bad shot of difficulty in becoming the same. It is one of the courses that the ul is timate test in golf.
"I have played well here in the past and if I am doing well, that is a huge key for me. Driving is normally a force for me and if you have it all the time, you have a big advantage. "
Matt Wallace and Ian Poulter from England both managed to win a three-under-69, alongside the world's number one Dustin Johnson and Spaniards Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia.
Tiger Woods is a shot at the bottom of the two, leveled with Russell Knox in Scotland, Matthew Fitzpatrick in England and the major winners of Australia, Jason Day and Adam Scott.
The 14-fold grand champion who retired from the recent Arnold Palmer Invitational with a neck complaint, had a whimsical round of 70, hit six birdies and four bogeys.
World number two Justin Rose is past two, alongside countryman Tyrell Hatton and Americans Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler.
Danny Willet is one stroke farther back while Paul Casey struggled and hit a six-over-78 hit.