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2012 Players Championship: Ian Poulter Still Leads, Big Names Starting Slow

Tiger Woods is flirting with another missed cut after a slow start at the 2012 Players Championship, but he's not the only big name having a tough day. While things aren't going poorly for the world's top-ranked players, none of them are surging up the leaderboard. All of Lee Westwood, Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson are at one-under par near the end of their front nine. Martin Kaymer, Luke Donald and Steve Stricker are all at even par, while Hunter Mahan is two-over.

The current leader of the tournament is Ian Poulter, who finished his round with an impressive seven-under 65. He's followed by Blake Adams at six-under, while Kevin Na and Ben Crane are five-under. The player with the biggest chance to make a surge up the leaderboard is Martin Laird, who is four-under through his first nine holes. Adam Scott, who is three-under through nine holes, is the biggest name within four strokes of Poulter.

You can find a full Players' Championship leaderboard at Golf.com.

We'll have coverage throughout the event in our 2012 Players Championship StoryStream. For more on the PGA Tour, visit golf blog Waggle Room and SB Nation Golf.

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