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Castro opens with a 63 in Players debut

First-round action is under way today at TPC Sawgrass for the chance to take this trophy home. (Brent Martineau)
First-round action is under way today at TPC Sawgrass for the chance to take this trophy home. (Brent Martineau)
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Updated: 5/09/2013 4:13 pm
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Roberto Castro made his debut Thursday in The Players Championship by joining Fred Couples and Greg Norman in the record book.

Castro did everything right on a gorgeous morning at the TPC Sawgrass and had a 9-under 63 to tie the course record. He missed a birdie putt from just outside 12 feet. For someone who had never played the Stadium Course, Castro made it look easy. His 9-iron onto the island green at the 17th settled a foot away, and he hit a 4-iron to a foot on the 18th.

Conditions were ideal for scoring, with several players taking advantage.

Hunter Mahan had a 67. Rory McIlroy, who had never broken par in three previous times playing this event, was 6 under with three holes to play.

[SPECIAL COVERAGE: THE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP]

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