Ian Poulter leads Players Championship

Ian Poulter
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England's Ian Poulter shares a two-shot lead after day one of the Players Championship in Florida.

Ian Poulter has ended day one of the Players Championship with a share of the lead at Ponte Vedra Beach in Florida.

The Englishman shot eight bogeys on his way to a career-best seven-under-par round of 65.

However, Scotland's Martin Laird matched Poulter to put him in contention after the opening round at TPC-Sawgrass.

The American Blake Adams is a shot further back, while fellow countrymen Kevin Na and Ben Crane finished on five-under.

England's Lee Westwood is one-under, but world number one Rory McIlroy could only manage a level-par 72 with Luke Donald.

There was worse news for Tiger Woods, who hit a disastrous two-over 74.

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