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2012 Players Championship Scores: Ian Poulter, Martin Laird Tied Atop The Leaderboard After Thursday

Ian Poulter and Martin Laird finished the first round of the 2012 Players Championship tied for first place atop the leaderboard at 7-under Thursday. Poulter hit eight birdies on the day, but a bogey on No. 7 kept him out of sole possession of first place.

Keegan Bradley and Scott Stallings, hailing from Vermont and Massachusetts respectively, both finished at even on the day, seven shots back from the leaders. The are currently in 55th place overall in large pack of players that includes Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald.

Here is the rest of the Top 5 (click here to see a full leaderboard):

3. Blake Adams, 6-under-par
t4. Kevin Na, 5-under-par
t4. Ben Crane, 5-under-par

There are 11 players tied for 6th place at 4-under-par

Some of the notable names and finishes from Thursday:

Phil Mickelson, t-37th, 1-under-par
Tim Clark, t-37th, 1-under-par
Louis Oosthuizen, t-37th, 1-under-par
Davis Love III (two-time Players Championship champion), t-55th, even par
Vijay Singh, t-78th 1-over-par
Sergio Garcia, t-78th, 1-over-par
Tiger Woods, t-100th, 2-over-par
K.J. Choi (defending Players Championship champion), t-114th, 3-over-par

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