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Players Championship 2012 Leaderboard: Ian Poulter, Martin Laird Tied For Lead After Day 1

Ian Poulter and Martin Laird lead The Players Championship after the first round.

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Sawgrass had its fair share of victims in the first round of The Players Championship on Thursday.

However, Ian Poulter and Martin Laird were not part of them, shooting 7-under 65 after Day 1 to tie atop the leaderboard. Poulter birdied four straight holes (9-12) at one point and birdied all four par 5s. He also had nine straight one-putt greens from holes No. 9 to No. 17.

Martin didn't bogey a hole while making seven birdies. He also birdied each par 5.

Behind Poulter and Laird are three Americans: Blake Adams (-6), Kevin Na (-5) and Ben Crane (-5). Eleven players are at 4-under.

Of course, everyone wants to know how Tigers Woods did. Well, he bogeyed the first hole and was never under par on the day finishing with a 2-over 74 and is in danger is missing another cut.

For more coverage of the Players Championship, be sure to check out The Waggle Room. Also check out the SB Nation Storystream here.

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