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Shane Lowry breaks back-nine record at TPC

Shane Lowry, of Ireland, watches his shot from the 18th fairway during the first round of The Players Championship. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Shane Lowry, of Ireland, watches his shot from the 18th fairway during the first round of The Players Championship. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) (Associated Press)

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – The opening round of the 2016 The Players Championship was defined by little wind and low scores. Shane Lowry was just one of several players that took advantage of the conditions, shooting a 7-under 65 that left him two shots behind World No. 1 Jason Day.

Lowry was especially dominate on the back nine where he shot a 29. That ranks as the lowest score on the back nine in the history of the Players Championship. The previous record of 30 was shared by 15 golfers.

“That’s probably as good of golf as I’ve played all year,” said Lowry. “The course is probably going to play a lot tougher tomorrow. By the time I play my second round the greens will probably be a lot firmer. The greens were very receptive today and obviously the scoring is quite good.”

In addition to Lowry, Cameron Tringale, Justin Rose, Bill Haas, and Brendan Steele also shot a 7-under 65 in their opening rounds.

“There really wasn’t very much wind," said Tringale. “It was definitely gentle out there. The greens were soft so we were able to be aggressive out there.”

After the early group entered the clubhouse there was another log jam of five golfers that finished round one with a 6-under 66. “I think the conditions were as easy as you can get around here,” said Francesco Molinari.