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Players Championship 2017: Sergio Garcia hits hole-in-one on 17th

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Masters champion Sergio Garcia made a spectacular hole-in-one at the 17th on the opening day of the Players Championship

Sergio Garcia made a stunning return to competitive golf with an incredible hole in one on the 17th at The Players Championship.

Click on the video above to see Garcia's amazing ace, the Spaniard becoming only the eighth man to sink their tee shot on 17 at TPC Sawgrass, following in the footsteps of Willy Wilcox who achieved the feat last year.

In truth, before the hole-in-one stunner, Garcia was struggling in his first tournament back since winning The Masters a month ago - approaching the 17th he was three over par.

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But Garcia has found success at the 17th before: his 13 birdies on the hole since 2003 are the most on the tour, beating Adam Scott and Martin Kaymer in tied-second with 12.

This time Garcia went one better, his eagle taking him to one over, which is how he finished his round.

"We all know what 17 can do," said Garcia, reflecting on his incredible ace. "I hit a good shot, but it can go there, or it can go three yards past, and suddenly you're looking at a five instead of a hole in one.

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - MAY 11:  Sergio Garcia of Spain celebrates his hole in one on the 17th during the first round of the THE PLAYERS Championship at th
Image: Sergio Garcia celebrates after his sensational hole in one on the 17th at TPC Sawgrass

"It was nice to see it bounce and then spin back into the hole. I needed it after the start I had - it kind of made quite a poor round into a, not great, but decent one. If I have a good day on Friday, I'll be in good shape. An under-par round will be key.

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"The feeling was great to be back out there after the Masters win - media and people congratulating you left, right and centre.

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Sergio Garcia reflects on an eventful opening round at the Players Championship, where the Spaniard aced the par-three 17th

"I was a little bit nervous early on and I felt like I was a little bit up in the clouds, and when I woke up, I was four over par after six holes.

"That didn't help, but then I started hitting better shots, started hitting better putts, and at least we were able to salvage a round there at the end."

Click on the video above to above to watch Garcia's hole in one, and follow continued coverage of The Players Championship at Sawgrass, live on our dedicated channel - Sky Sports The Players (channel 404).

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