Golfing World News: May 1

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We start on the PGA Tour where the first round of the Wells Fargo Championship gets underway later today.

Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson head a packed field as they return to action for the first time since The Masters.

McIlroy returns to Quail Hollow, the site of his first PGA Tour win, looking for a good performance after dropping out of the world’s top 10, the Northern Irishman has been paired alongside Rickie Fowler and Jonas Blixt.

Mickelson, the world number nine, is the highest ranked player in the field and he’ll tee off alongside Justin Rose and Lee Westwood.

Wells Fargo is the final warm-up before The Players Championship and there are already reports that the TPC Sawgrass greens aren’t up to scratch.

According to reports, five greens on the stadium course have been damaged by a “chemical application” and that this weekend’s practice has been cancelled.

Tiger Woods was victorious in 2013 and although injury is keeping him out of this year’s edition, he’s staying busy.

Woods along with his company will design an 18-hole golf course at Bluejack National just outside Houston Texas and will be the first course designed by Tiger to open in the U.S.

And finally we head over to The Championship at Laguna National; the final stop on the European Tour’s Asian swing.

It’s little-know Panuphol Pittayarat who leads after an opening round 63 in Singapore.

The Thai golfer is ranked 451st in the world and has missed the cut in each of his last four appearances.

That’s all for today join us tomorrow when we’ll round up the latest from all the major tours. In the meantime find us on Twitter @golfingworldtv and you can find us on Facebook and Instagram.

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