The Players Championship R2

Lee Westwood takes 36-hole lead

Players Championship 2021 R2
March 11-14
TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
$15,000,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4




Lee Westwood followed up his opening 69 with a bogey-free 66 for a 9-under 135 to take a one shot lead over Matthew Fitzpatrick in The Players Championship.



“I think to compete in any of these tournaments against the best players in the world, you can’t have any weaknesses in your game. I wouldn’t be able to say I’m doing this better or that better. There’s not a shot out there I’m afraid of. There’s not a shot out there I’ll walk up to and think, `I haven’t got this one.'”

“I’m comfortable out there with everything.”




Overnight leader Sergio Garcia had a mixed round shooting three birdies, five bogeys and his third eagle of the week at the par-5 11th, tying the tournament record, for a 72.

“It was a beautiful roller coaster,” said Garcia. “There were a lot of good things. Unfortunately, a lot of bad things. But more than anything there was a lot of fighting, and that’s one of the things that I’m most proud of because when things are not really happening and you miss a couple putts here and there, it’s easy to kind of let the round get away from you.”



Tied with Garcia at 7-under, Chris Kirk produced seven birdies, two bogeys and an eagle at the par-4 1st for a 65. He credited caddie Michael Cromie for his performance on the greens this week.

“I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a fantastic green reader on bent and on Bermuda greens, and I am a not-as-good green reader on poa annua and overseeded Bermuda,” said Kirk. “Towards the end of the round [Cromie], who’s one of my best friends and a very good player in his own right, plays professional golf also, used him a little bit more, and I would say I will most likely continue to use him a little bit more and more over the weekend.”




Bryson DeChambeau had to contend with a double-bogey on his first hole at the par-4 10th but quickly recovered, stayed bogey-free the rest of his round and shot five birdies for a second 69 to tie for fifth at 6-under alongside five other players.

“I’m happy with the fact that I’ve still been able to keep myself in it and score well,” said DeChambeau. “I’ve been pretty lucky, for the most part. I don’t think that’ll happen this weekend. I’ve got to make sure that my game is good off the tee, so I don’t have those issues occurring and I don’t have to rely on luck for the most part. I have to get it in the fairway.”

Sungjae Im shot six consecutive birdies from the 15th to the second but lost his momentum with bogeys at the par-4s 5th and 7th and closed with a birdie at the 9th for a 66 to tie for fifth place.


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Jordan Spieth ended his longest bogey-free streak of 411 holes with a double bogey at the par-4 16th as well as four more bogeys and four birdies to close with a 74.

Rory McIlroy followed up his opening 79 with a 75 for a total 154, his highest 36-hole total in eleven starts at the Players. He is the first defending champion to miss the cut since Rickie Fowler in 2016.



Pos.
Player
To Par
Thru
Today
R1
R2
Total
1
Lee Westwood *
-9
F
-6
69
66
135
2
Matthew Fitzpatrick *
-8
F
-4
68
68
136
T3
Sergio Garcia
-7
F
E
65
72
137
T3
Chris Kirk *
-7
F
-7
72
65
137
T5
Bryson DeChambeau *
-6
F
-3
69
69
138
T5
Doug Ghim *
-6
F
-5
71
67
138
T5
Brian Harman *
-6
F
-1
67
71
138
T5
Charley Hoffman *
-6
F
-4
70
68
138
T5
Sungjae Im *
-6
F
-6
72
66
138
T5
Denny McCarthy *
-6
F
-3
69
69
138
T11
Dylan Frittelli *
-5
F
-4
71
68
139
T11
Talor Gooch
-5
F
-4
71
68
139
T11
Patton Kizzire
-5
F
-3
70
69
139
T14
Paul Casey
-4
F
-5
73
67
140
T14
Corey Conners
-4
F
E
68
72
140
T14
Tom Hoge
-4
F
-1
69
71
140
T14
Jon Rahm *
-4
F
-4
72
68
140
T18
Jason Day *
-3
F
-1
70
71
141
T18
Tyler McCumber
-3
F
-3
72
69
141
T18
Will Zalatoris *
-3
F
-1
70
71
141
T18
Scott Brown *
-3
16
-2
71
71
T22
Abraham Ancer
-2
F
-2
72
70
142
T22
Ryan Armour
-2
F
-4
74
68
142
T22
Daniel Berger *
-2
F
-4
74
68
142
T22
Christiaan Bezuidenhout *
-2
F
E
70
72
142
T22
Keegan Bradley *
-2
F
E
70
72
142
T22
Kramer Hickok
-2
F
-4
74
68
142
T22
Si Woo Kim
-2
F
-2
72
70
142
T22
Jason Kokrak *
-2
F
E
70
72
142
T22
Shane Lowry *
-2
F
2
68
74
142
T22
Louis Oosthuizen *
-2
F
-3
73
69
142
T22
Ryan Palmer
-2
F
E
70
72
142
T22
Patrick Reed *
-2
F
E
70
72
142
T22
Brian Stuard *
-2
F
-4
74
68
142
T22
Justin Thomas
-2
F
-1
71
71
142
T36
Adam Hadwin
-1
F
-3
74
69
143
T36
James Hahn
-1
F
-5
76
67
143
T36
Scott Harrington
-1
F
-1
72
71
143
T36
Charles Howell III *
-1
F
-2
73
70
143
T36
Zach Johnson
-1
F
-4
75
68
143
T36
Dustin Johnson *
-1
F
-2
73
70
143
T36
Nate Lashley
-1
F
-3
74
69
143
T36
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
-1
F
-1
72
71
143
T36
Phil Mickelson *
-1
F
E
71
72
143
T36
Cameron Percy *
-1
F
-2
73
70
143
T36
Scott Piercy
-1
F
-2
73
70
143
T36
Adam Scott *
-1
F
-1
72
71
143
T36
Brendon Todd
-1
F
-3
74
69
143
T36
Harold Varner III
-1
F
1
70
73
143
T50
Lucas Glover
E
F
-3
75
69
144
T50
Lanto Griffin
E
F
-1
73
71
144
T50
Billy Horschel
E
F
1
71
73
144
T50
Matt Jones *
E
F
-1
73
71
144
T50
Russell Knox *
E
F
1
71
73
144
T50
Martin Laird *
E
F
-1
73
71
144
T50
Adam Long
E
F
2
70
74
144
T50
Ryan Moore
E
F
-3
75
69
144
T50
Collin Morikawa *
E
F
1
71
73
144
T50
Joaquin Niemann *
E
F
-1
73
71
144
T50
J.T. Poston *
E
F
-4
76
68
144
T50
Patrick Rodgers
E
F
-2
74
70
144
T50
Rory Sabbatini *
E
F
3
69
75
144
T50
Cameron Smith *
E
F
1
71
73
144
T50
Jordan Spieth *
E
F
2
70
74
144
T50
Brendan Steele *
E
F
E
72
72
144
T50
Nick Taylor *
E
F
2
70
74
144
T50
Michael Thompson *
E
F
1
71
73
144
T50
Jhonattan Vegas
E
F
-1
73
71
144
T50
Aaron Wise *
E
F
-1
73
71
144
T50
Harry Higgs
E
17
1
71
71
T50
Victor Perez
E
15
-1
73
73
T72
Brice Garnett *
1
F
-1
74
71
145
T72
Emiliano Grillo
1
F
2
71
74
145
T72
Tyrrell Hatton
1
F
-3
76
69
145
T72
Mark Hubbard
1
F
-5
78
67
145
T72
Marc Leishman
1
F
2
71
74
145
T72
Luke List *
1
F
E
73
72
145
T72
Hideki Matsuyama
1
F
-3
76
69
145
T72
Sebastián Muñoz *
1
F
2
71
74
145
T72
Scottie Scheffler
1
F
-1
74
71
145
T72
Bernd Wiesberger *
1
F
-2
75
70
145
T82
Stewart Cink *
2
F
-2
76
70
146
T82
Joel Dahmen *
2
F
2
72
74
146
T82
Tommy Fleetwood
2
F
-1
75
71
146
T82
Bo Hoag *
2
F
E
74
72
146
T82
Max Homa *
2
F
1
73
73
146
T82
Viktor Hovland
2
F
2
72
74
146
T82
Danny Lee *
2
F
2
72
74
146
T82
Peter Malnati
2
F
-2
76
70
146
T82
Pat Perez
2
F
-3
77
69
146
T82
Andrew Putnam
2
F
E
74
72
146
T82
Doc Redman
2
F
1
73
73
146
T82
Robby Shelton
2
F
-1
75
71
146
T82
Webb Simpson
2
F
3
71
75
146
T82
Kevin Streelman *
2
F
1
73
73
146
T82
Bubba Watson
2
F
-2
76
70
146
T82
Gary Woodland
2
F
4
70
76
146
T82
Sam Ryder *
2
16
2
72
72
T82
Adam Schenk
2
15
2
72
72
T100
Tony Finau *
3
F
-3
78
69
147
T100
Branden Grace
3
F
1
74
73
147
T100
Mackenzie Hughes
3
F
E
75
72
147
T100
Andrew Landry *
3
F
3
72
75
147
T100
Tom Lewis
3
F
2
73
74
147
T100
Robert MacIntyre *
3
F
1
74
73
147
T100
Graeme McDowell
3
F
2
73
74
147
T100
Francesco Molinari *
3
F
-1
76
71
147
T100
Robert Streb
3
F
-1
76
71
147
T100
Steve Stricker
3
F
5
70
77
147
T100
Cameron Tringale *
3
F
2
73
74
147
T100
Scott Stallings
3
15
-1
76
76
T112
Cameron Champ *
4
F
1
75
73
148
T112
Jason Dufner
4
F
3
73
75
148
T112
Russell Henley
4
F
1
75
73
148
T112
Alex Noren *
4
F
-2
78
70
148
T112
Ian Poulter
4
F
-1
77
71
148
T112
Chez Reavie
4
F
3
73
75
148
T112
Xander Schauffele
4
F
E
76
72
148
T119
Patrick Cantlay
5
F
3
74
75
149
T119
Keith Mitchell *
5
F
1
76
73
149
T119
Carlos Ortiz *
5
F
4
73
76
149
T119
Brandt Snedeker
5
F
3
74
75
149
T119
Sepp Straka
5
F
3
74
75
149
T124
Austin Cook *
6
F
1
77
73
150
T124
Cameron Davis *
6
F
2
76
74
150
T124
Rickie Fowler
6
F
1
77
73
150
T124
Kevin Kisner *
6
F
3
75
75
150
T124
Anirban Lahiri
6
F
E
78
72
150
T124
Vaughn Taylor *
6
F
2
76
74
150
T124
Kristoffer Ventura
6
F
4
74
76
150
T131
Matt Kuchar
7
F
3
76
75
151
T131
Troy Merritt *
7
F
5
74
77
151
T131
Richy Werenski *
7
F
-1
80
71
151
T131
Wyndham Clark
7
16
E
79
79
T135
Beau Hossler *
8
F
6
74
78
152
T135
Jerry Kelly *
8
F
7
73
79
152
T135
Cheng Tsung Pan
8
F
2
78
74
152
T135
Charl Schwartzel
8
F
3
77
75
152
T135
Xinjun Zhang *
8
F
4
76
76
152
T140
Tyler Duncan *
9
F
1
80
73
153
T140
Matthew NeSmith *
9
F
E
81
72
153
T142
Brian Gay *
10
F
2
80
74
154
T142
Rory McIlroy
10
F
3
79
75
154
T142
Henrik Norlander *
10
F
2
80
74
154
T145
Hudson Swafford
11
F
1
82
73
155
T145
Sam Burns
11
16
2
81
81
T147
Sung Kang
13
F
9
76
81
157
T147
Maverick McNealy *
13
F
5
80
77
157
T147
Jimmy Walker
13
F
2
83
74
157
150
Jim Herman
14
F
5
81
77
158
151
Henrik Stenson *
15
F
2
85
74
159
152
Byeong Hun An *
18
F
7
83
79
162
153
Kyle Stanley
23
F
12
83
84
167
WD
Kevin Na
E
* Player started on the back nine
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