Second Round — PGA Tour — THE PLAYERS Championship — TPC Sawgrass — Ponte Verda Beach, Florida —
Germany’s Martin Kaymer (12-under overall) scattered a pair of bogeys en route to a 69, while Jordan Spieth shot 6-under-66 to reach 11-under through two rounds at THE PLAYERS Championship.
Kaymer and Spieth will play together Saturday as the weekend pressure ramps up at the PGA Tour’s flagship event at TPC Sawgrass in Florida. Russell Henley, who won the Honda Classic in early March, is alone in third place at 8-under. He had an up-and-down round featuring six birdies and five bogeys for a 71.
A host of headliners and pre-tournament favorites are T-4 at 6-under including Justin Rose, Lee Westwood, Jim Furyk, Sergio Garcia and Gary Woodland. Westwood shot 68 Friday. The veteran has 17 Top 10s in his major championship career and finished T-8 here last year.
Kaymer, a former World No. 1 and former PGA Championship victor, is looking for his first worldwide triumph since 2011, while Spieth won last year at the John Deere Classic and already has a pair of runner-ups this season including the Masters where he lead the field in Greens In Regulation. Kaymer came into the week as a 80-to-1 betting pick at www.ladbrokes.com, while Spieth (7th ranked in the world) was a 25-1 selection.
Look for the pressure of golf’s largest purse to impact players Saturday on Moving Day. Expect at least one of the group of five at 6-under to make a move up the leader board in round three and earn a spot in Sunday’s final tee time.
The cut came at even-par through 36 holes leaving some headlines without a weekend tee time including 2007 Players champion Phil Mickelson, who shot 75-70 and missed by a stroke. Keegan Bradley, Patrick Reed, Louis Oosthuizen and last week’s champion J.B. Holmes also missed out.
Other Golf news:
- The “Race to Dethrone” Tiger Woods for the top spot in the Official World Golf Ranking continues into the weekend. World No. 2 Adam Scott has a best shot to move into the No. 1 ranking but he needs a two-way tie for 16th or better. Scott made the cut on the number after rounds of 77-67. Henrik Stenson, Matt Kuchar and Bubba Watson also have scenarios where they can become No. 1, but all are trailing in their efforts at TPC Sawgrass to this point.
- A host of players carded 67s Friday to move up the leader board including former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel, Charley Hoffman and Jamie Donaldson. Schwartzel is now T-9 at 5-under heading into the weekend.
- Garcia, a 25-1 betting selection this week, was tied for the lead with Tiger Woods on the final day in 2013 when he reached the 17th. He rinsed two balls in the water and finished T-8.
- Kevin Streelman, who was T-2 here last year two back of Woods, missed the cut thanks to a second-round 79. He opened with 69 and was on the first page of the leader board.