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Ian Poulter hilariously celebrates rough day at The Players Championship with perfect lunch group

Ryan Young
·Writer
·2-min read

It was a tough day out at TPC Sawgrass for Ian Poulter on Thursday.

Thankfully, he wasn’t the only one — and they all got to have a group therapy session of sorts after the round.

Poulter, Henrik Stenson, Rory McIlroy and Tyrrell Hatton all had lunch together after their opening round at The Players Championship on Thursday. The combined score at the table, though, was a whopping 29-over.

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“Collectively, four people sitting at this table … 29 over,” he said. “How you doing? Oh what a bunch of muppets.”

Hatton led the group with a 4-over 76, and Poulter finished his day with a 5-over 77. McIlroy carded a 7-over 79, and Stenson posted a 13-over 85 — the worst in the field.

Hey, it helps to laugh, right?

Ben An’s struggle at No. 17

Poulter and his friends weren’t the only one who had a tough first day in Florida.

Ben An was right there with them.

An struggled, badly, at the iconic No. 17 island green. After finding the water four times, An finished with an 11 on the par-3.

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An finished the day with an 11-over 83. Though that’s obviously not what he was hoping for, he seemed to take the blunder well at least.

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Sergio Garcia leads the field after firing a 65 for his lowest opening-round score ever at The Players.

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