Players 2021 live updates: Sergio Garcia looks to hang onto his lead, Lee Westwood continues hot play


After an eventful Day 1 at the 2021 Players—so eventful, in fact, not everyone finished their first round—play has resumed on Friday morning at TPC Sawgrass. And that’s a pretty big deal considering how abruptly last year’s tournament ended.

Will we see more rules imbroglios like the two Viktor Hovland found himself involved with on Thursday? Probably. Will we see more golf balls in the water on 17? Most certainly. But no matter what happens, we’ll be here to let you know.

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Sergio Garcia leads after an opening 65, but he’ll have a long wait until his Friday afternoon tee time. By then, even the limited crowds at the Stadium Course will be well primed. Should be fun!

Other things to watch for? Can 54-year-old Steve Stricker keep it going after flying in at the last minute? Can defending champ Rory McIlroy turn things around to stick around for the weekend? And can Jordan Spieth possibly keep up this stellar driving? Keep it here all day to find out.

Live updates from the Players (all times eastern):

8:15 a.m.: Jordan Spieth begins Friday with an unforced error as he three-putts from 50 feet on the 10th hole. The good news, though, is that his first two drives of the day are a continuation of what we saw yesterday. And the second helps set up a birdie on the par-5 11th. Spieth remains at two under, five behind Sergio Garcia.

7:55 a.m.: With a birdie on No. 11, his second hole of the day, Brian Harman has cut Sergio Garcia’s overnight lead down to one. The two-time PGA Tour winner who opened with 67 is now at six under for the tournament.

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