PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - The Players Championship was so
benign that more than half the field broke par - even Tiger Woods.


      Coming off the worst performance of his career, Woods survived a
rugged start and made his only bogey on the final hole for a
2-under 70 in the opening round Thursday at the TPC Sawgrass.


      J.B. Holmes played bogey-free in his round of 6-under 66 and was
tied for the lead with Robert Allenby, who played in the afternoon
when the wind began to swirl. They were a stroke ahead of eight
players, including Lee Westwood.


      Masters champion Phil Mickelson, with a chance to go to No. 1 in
the world by winning, played early and opened with a 70.