TPC Sawgrass - THE PLAYERS Stadium Course
Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. • August 30 - September 2

Three tied at 2-under-par, two strokes back

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Pontus Widegren of Danderyd, Sweden, fired a 4-under-par 68 at TPC Sawgrass — THE PLAYERS Stadium Course Friday to lead after the first round of The Junior PLAYERS Championship. He leads by two over Josh Jones of The Colony, Texas, Sam Smith of Turlock, Calif., and Taylor Travis of Fremont, Calif., who posted 2-under-par 70s.

The PGA TOUR, in cooperation with the American Junior Golf Association, brought 78 players from 19 states and 15 foreign countries to TPC Sawgrass for a special junior golf experience. The Junior PLAYERS Championship, mirrored after THE PLAYERS, is being played on the par-72 THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. The course is setup at 7,215 yards, the same as the PGA TOUR event that brings together the deepest tournament field in professional golf. Tournament participants are furnished with professional caddies, access to the TOUR locker room and tournament gifts that give this event a PGA TOUR-like feel.

Playing the course for the third time after two practice rounds, Widegren set a torrid pace for the field early by making a 15-foot eagle putt on the par-5 second, a 12-foot birdie putt on the par-3 third, and a six-foot birdie putt on the par-4 fourth. Five consecutive pars later, Widegren made the turn with a 32 and a lead he would never relinquish. Small hiccups on Nos. 10 and 13 that led to bogeys were side-stepped with closing birdies on Nos. 14 and 17. After his 15-foot birdie putt lipped out on No. 18, Widegren made par and was more than content with a back-nine 36 and an opening round 68.

“I was just trying to break par,” he said. “You have to keep your shots where you should keep them in order to score — and that's what I did.”

Widegren, who attends the same high school that PGA TOUR player Jesper Parnevik did, admitted to only knowing the course through what he saw on television during THE PLAYERS. In fact, to get a little more practice after receiving the invitation, he played the course through a video game on a friend's Xbox.

“It's an amazing atmosphere, even without the grandstands,” he said after seeing the course in person. “You can feel all the history as you walk the course.”

Jones, Smith, and Travis all carded 2-under-par 70s to land themselves in a tie for second. Both Jones and Smith had rounds that included five birdies and three bogeys while Travis aced the 184-yard, par-3 third with a 7-iron. He finished with this hole-in-one, five birdies, three bogeys and a double bogey.

Brooks Koepka of Wellington, Fla., Dean O'Riley of Boksburg, South Africa, Morgan Hoffmann of Saddlebrook, N.J., and Anders Kristiansen of Hafslundsoy, Norway, are tied for fifth at 1-under-par 71.

Second-round action will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday off the first and 10th tees of The PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. The leader group of Widegren, Jones and Smith will tee off No. 1 at 9:48 a.m.

For more information about The Junior PLAYERS Championship, contact Steve Ethun with AJGA Communications at (678) 571-7994.

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