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The Players Championship

McIlroy, Woods chasing Castro

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Rory McIlroy had never enjoyed a round like this at the Players Championship. Roberto Castro had never enjoyed a round at the Players Championship, period.

Despite being separated by three shots at the end of the first round, McIlroy and Castro shared top billing — with Tiger Woods, naturally — on a docile Thursday at the TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course, where calm, wind-free scoring conditions seemingly begged the field for birdies.

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