Saturday, 27 May, 2017

TPC Championships - Oosthuizen and Stanley top the leader board

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Damon Campbell | 14 May, 2017, 03:46

They lead South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen by one, while South Korea's Si Woo Kim is a further shot back.

Stanley, 29, is a PGA Tour victor who has struggled to find consistent form in recent seasons, but he was sharp on Friday, shooting a six-under 66 with eight birdies and two bogeys to climb to nine under. On Thursday, the Stadium Course played 1.27 strokes easier (72.22-73.49) than in the afternoon wave. "You need to keep it in the fairway, and I think by tomorrow the greens are going to be nice and firm".

Louis Oosthuizen and Kyle Stanley posted the top scores in Round 2 of the Players Championship.

It included major champions, members of the PGA Tour, European PGA Tour and PGA Tour Champions, and an interesting batch of professionals getting their first taste of competition in the PGA Tour's marquee event - and asking for seconds.

FRIDAY NOTES: Twelve of 43 second-round leaders/co-leaders have gone on to win The Players Championship, including Jason Day in 2016.

"It's a week where, like a major week, it's all on how you mentally go about it and just stay in the moment and try your best every shot", Oosthuizen said. Each posted a 6-under 66 to share the lead at The Players Championship, making it even more hard for the top two players in the world to catch them. 8 and 9, his final two holes.

Oosthuizen picked up birdies on both par 3s on the back nine, and then hit his best shot on the first hole from deep in the woods on pine straw. In the second round, Horschel made five birdies, bringing his total to $9,000. He hit a nice mix of short to long range putts but knows there's a lot of work to be done.

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J.B. Holmes hits from the ninth tee during the third round of The Players Championship golf tournament Saturday, May 13, 2017, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

Equally surprising was Vijay Singh, the 54-year-old Fijian who was making putts from everywhere until a three-putt bogey on the 18th.

Singh's position near the top of the leaderboard comes as a surprise considering he has missed nine out of his last 10 cuts. I definitely feel like I got the most that I could have out of that round.

Danny Willett withdrew after nine holes Friday due to a bad back. Tied at 5-under are first-time Players participants Patrick Cantlay (70), a former UCLA player, and Alex Noren (71) of Sweden, plus veterans Ian Poulter of England (67), who eagled the 16th hole on a 27-foot putt, David Hearn of Canada (69) and Rafael Cabrera Bello of Spain (70).

World number 84 Lahiri hooked three balls into the water hazard that lines the left side of the par-four hole, running up a sextuple-bogey 10.

Through two rounds at TPC Sawgrass, Oosthuizen has been almost unflappable and he shares the lead with Kyle Stanley at nine under. "It's obviously not 100 percent, but it's good enough to get myself around here for the next couple of days", he said. At 4-over 148, Jordan Spieth missed his third-consecutive cut after finishing fourth in his debut in 2014. "Other than that, you know, doing the normal stuff, and yeah, like I said, I feel I've been playing really well for a while, it's just trying to put four rounds together".

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