Golf: American Hayden Buckley's hole-in-one highlights PGA Players Championship opening round in Florida

American Hayden Buckley has yet to taste victory on the PGA Tour, but celebrated his second hole-in-one, with an ace at The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass.

Hitting a pitching wedge at the iconic par-three 17th, Buckley, 27, used the slope of the green to land beyond the hole and watched, as his ball rolled back into the cup, celebrating wildly with the rest of his playing group and spectators.

The shot took the journeyman to three-under for his round after eight holes, but his round fell apart over the back nine, as he lost six strokes - two bogeys and two double-bogeys - over the final six holes.

Still searching for his first tour victory, Buckley finished second at the Sony Open in Hawaii in January, but missed the cuts in four of his last five events and sits outside the cut in Florida, tied for 80th at one over par.

Kiwi Ryan Fox sits one stroke behind him, also scrambling to reach the weekend, while world No.1 Rory McIlroy is even further back at four over par.

American Chad Ramey leads after the opening round, striking a faultless eight-under 64, with compatriot Collin Morikawa one stroke back and Canadian Taylor Pendrith trailing by three in third.