Poulter leads, Tiger struggles at Players

Associated Press  |  Last updated May 08, 2012

DOHA, QATAR - JANUARY 28: Ian Poulter of England on the 15th fairway during the first round of The Commercialbank Qatar Masters at The Doha Golf Club on January 28, 2010 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Ian Poulter has birdied all of the par 5s on the TPC Sawgrass for a 7-under 65 and the early lead Thursday at The Players Championship. For Tiger Woods, his goal is to make it to the weekend. One week after missing the cut at Quail Hollow, Woods opened with a 2-over 74 and already was nine shots out of the lead. He will have to play well Friday to avoid missing consecutive cuts for the first time in his career. Poulter ran off four straight birdies around the turn - two of them on par 5s - and wound up with a one-shot lead over Blake Adams among the early starters on a warm day. Rory McIlroy, the world No. 1, and Phil Mickelson were among the late starters.
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