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Roberto Castro, first time playing Sawgrass, ties course record with 63

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    Roberto Castro watches his shot from the first fairway during the first round of The Players championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass, Thursday, May 9, 2013 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux) (The Associated Press)

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    Roberto Castro shows his ball after finishing the first round of The Players championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass, Thursday, May 9, 2013 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Castro finished at 9-under-par 63, tying the course record. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) (The Associated Press)

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    Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, shows his ball after making a birdie putt on the second hole during the first round of The Players championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass, Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux) (The Associated Press)

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    Adam Scott, left, of Australia, speaks to Rory McIlory of Northern Ireland, during the first round of The Players championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass, Thursday, May 9, 2013 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux) (The Associated Press)

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    Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, hits from the 18th tee during the first round of The Players championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass, Thursday, May 9, 2013 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) (The Associated Press)

Roberto Castro made his debut Thursday in The Players Championship by joining Fred Couples and Greg Norman in the record book.

Castro did everything right on a gorgeous morning at the TPC Sawgrass and had a 9-under 63 to tie the course record. He missed a birdie putt from just outside 12 feet. For someone who had never played the Stadium Course, Castro made it look easy. His 9-iron onto the island green at the 17th settled a foot away, and he hit a 4-iron to a foot on the 18th.

Conditions were ideal for scoring, with several players taking advantage.

Hunter Mahan had a 67. Rory McIlroy, who had never broken par in three previous times playing this event, was 6 under with three holes to play.