Change _ good and bad _ comes quickly at the TPC Sawgrass

All eyes were on world number one Dustin Johnson, defending champion Jason Day and two-time major victor Jordan Spieth at TPC Sawgrass on Thursday. "I've been fortunate to be very successful here".

The Sheffield-born player's poor form - including becoming the first defending champion to miss the cut at the Masters since Mike Weir in 2004 - has resulted in his world ranking dropping to 21st.

"Hopefully, touch wood. We'll see, see how things go".

He also made an early exit from his next event in the RBC Heritage, where he split with long-time caddie Jonathan Smart after the first round.

"But, yeah, there's so many unknowns because we don't even know, unless you get an image taken of it and you know exactly what's going on you don't know, so just making sure that the tissue around it is as loose as it possibly can be and at least the warm weather helps keep it not stiffened up".

"And then I was going to go out Wednesday, and I just thought, gosh, if I walk around in the heat, I'll get exhausted".

After back-to-back birdies following the turn, Day ended his round with three bogeys from his last four holes.

Oosthuizen was one over par for his first four holes, although that was good enough to lead by one from Americans Kyle Stanley and JB Holmes, with England's Ian Poulter a shot further back alongside Grillo, who had matched Garcia's 67.

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Most of the big names are out of contention, with the notable exception of Masters champion Sergio Garcia, who shot 67 to move within four shots of the lead.

The 36-year-old Scott, chasing his first Tour win in 14 months, is confident of delivering his best golf during the weekend rounds.

Spieth and Masters victor Sergio Garcia are level at one over following 73s, the latter's display highlighted by his hole-in-one at the iconic 17th hole.

The former world number one is suing the PGA Tour - which is based at Sawgrass - for "reckless administration and implementation" of its anti-doping program after he was banned for using deer antler spray in 2013.

The 29-year-old has a history of back problems and has missed the cut in four of his nine tournaments this season.

Two-time major victor Jordan Spieth (75) was the highest-profile player to go home early at four over.

The new structure offered significantly fewer points for players finishing between 15th and 68th, a scenario which the PGA Tour said "unintentionally made it more hard for these players to retain their exempt status".

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