US PGA Players Championship - R2

Fleetwood & McIlroy tied at 12-under

March 14-17
TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra, Florida
$12,500,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


Rory McIlroy charged up the leaderboard on the back nine, firing a seven-under 65 on Friday to grab a share of the lead with Tommy Fleetwood at the halfway stage of the Players Championship.


McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, went seven under par on his final 11 holes, making an eagle on the par-five 16th, a birdie on the par-three 17 and par on the par-four closing hole to reach a 12-under 132 total.

He is tied with England’s Fleetwood who shot a five-under 67 for his sixth straight round under par.

“It was just another good day on the golf course. I did everything pretty much the way I wanted to,” McIlroy said. “My attitude has been great all year.”

Ian Poulter (66), Jim Furyk (64), Brian Harman (69) and Abraham Ancer (66) are tied for third at nine-under 135 at the TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

Australia’s Jason Day shot a 66 and is tied for seventh with Keith Mitchell and Kevin Kisner at eight-under 136.

After making changes last year to correct struggles, McIlroy feels he is on the right track with the Masters, and a chance to complete a career Grand Slam, just a month away.

He began Friday’s round with his lone bogey of the day before going on to make one eagle and six birdies.

“I felt like I came back well,” McIlroy said. “Once I got a birdie on the eighth it started to snowball.”

McIlroy also slammed the PGA Tour for allowing players to take too much time between shots, describing it as an “epidemic”. McIlroy and his playing partners had to wait on almost all the tee boxes.

“It’s become somewhat of an epidemic on tour …. Honestly, I think (the Tour) should just be a little tougher and start penalizing shots earlier, and that would be an easy way to fix it,” he said.

This is the second straight week Fleetwood has had a share of the 36-hole lead after starting quickly Friday with a birdie-eagle-birdie beginning to his round.

“It was a bit tougher today. The greens got crustier and crustier,” Fleetwood said. “All in all I am very happy.

“Happy my game is improving and I am getting up there more and more.”


Tiger Woods just made the cut with a one-under 71 but was left hovering along the cut line after a quadruple bogey seven on the picturesque par-three island green. He finished tied for 39th with a three-under 141 total, nine strokes back of the leaders.

Teeing off on his eighth hole of the day after starting on the back nine, Woods’ tee shot from 146 yards was long and left over the island green and his next shot from the drop zone was also long.

“I was pretty ticked, no doubt about that,” Woods said.

After starting the day with birdies at numbers 12, 13 and 16, Woods was at five under par. But his rough hole moved him to one under for the tournament.

He fought back with a birdie on the par-five second hole and the par-four seventh.

“I ended up getting back to three under,” Woods said. “It was a good fight.”

Woods is confident he can make up more ground on the weekend.

“I just need to go out and put it together, because right now literally anybody who makes the cut has got a chance to win this tournament,” Woods said.

Players who didn’t make the cut Friday included American Jordan Spieth, Vijay Singh of Fiji, China’s Li Hao-Tong and Phil Mickelson who missed the cut here for the sixth time in his last seven tries.


Pos.
Player
Nat
Score
R1
R2
Total
T1
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-12
65
67
132
T1
Rory McIlroy
NIR
-12
67
65
132
T3
Jim Furyk
USA
-9
71
64
135
T3
Ian Poulter
ENG
-9
69
66
135
T3
Brian Harman
USA
-9
66
69
135
T3
Abraham Ancer
USA
-9
69
66
135
T7
Kevin Kisner
USA
-8
68
68
136
T7
Jason Day
AUS
-8
70
66
136
T7
Keith Mitchell
USA
-8
71
65
136
T10
Luke List
USA
-7
69
68
137
T10
J. T. Poston
USA
-7
68
69
137
T10
Vaughn Taylor
USA
-7
67
70
137
T10
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
-7
66
71
137
T10
Dustin Johnson
USA
-7
69
68
137
T10
Jon Rahm
ESP
-7
69
68
137
T10
Rory Sabbatini
SVK
-7
68
69
137
T17
Russell Knox
SCO
-6
70
68
138
T17
Keegan Bradley
USA
-6
65
73
138
T17
Patrick Reed
USA
-6
69
69
138
T20
Adam Scott
AUS
-5
70
69
139
T20
Bud Cauley
USA
-5
69
70
139
T20
Sung-Hoon Kang
KOR
-5
73
66
139
T20
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
-5
70
69
139
T20
Charles Howell III
USA
-5
69
70
139
T20
Billy Horschel
USA
-5
69
70
139
T20
Bryson DeChambeau
USA
-5
70
69
139
T20
Sergio Garcia
ESP
-5
69
70
139
T20
Matt Kuchar
USA
-5
69
70
139
T29
Webb Simpson
USA
-4
70
70
140
T29
Martin Kaymer
GER
-4
71
69
140
T29
Tony Finau
USA
-4
69
71
140
T29
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
-4
70
70
140
T29
Michael Thompson
USA
-4
69
71
140
T29
Justin Rose
ENG
-4
74
66
140
T29
Brice Garnett
USA
-4
71
69
140
T29
Tom Hoge
USA
-4
69
71
140
T29
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
-4
72
68
140
T29
Joel Dahmen
USA
-4
69
71
140
T39
Jason Kokrak
USA
-3
73
68
141
T39
Scott Langley
USA
-3
69
72
141
T39
Gary Woodland
USA
-3
72
69
141
T39
Andrew Landry
USA
-3
73
68
141
T39
Brandt Snedeker
USA
-3
69
72
141
T39
Si-Woo Kim
KOR
-3
73
68
141
T39
Tiger Woods
USA
-3
70
71
141
T39
Jhonattan Vegas
VEN
-3
72
69
141
T39
Kevin Na
USA
-3
71
70
141
T39
Rickie Fowler
USA
-3
74
67
141
T39
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
-3
70
71
141
T39
Ryan Moore
USA
-3
67
74
141
T39
Tyler Duncan
USA
-3
70
71
141
T39
Anirban Lahiri
IND
-3
70
71
141
T39
Denny McCarthy
USA
-3
69
72
141
T39
Patton Kizzire
USA
-3
71
70
141
T39
Ollie Schniederjans
USA
-3
71
70
141
T39
Seamus Power
IRL
-3
74
67
141
T57
Patrick Rodgers
USA
-2
72
70
142
T57
Nick Taylor
CAN
-2
73
69
142
T57
Francesco Molinari
ITA
-2
72
70
142
T57
Martin Trainer
USA
-2
73
69
142
T57
Emiliano Grillo
ARG
-2
70
72
142
T57
Cheng Tsung Pan
TPE
-2
72
70
142
T57
Corey Conners
CAN
-2
72
70
142
T57
Matt Wallace
ENG
-2
69
73
142
T57
Scott Piercy
USA
-2
74
68
142
T57
Cameron Smith
AUS
-2
72
70
142
T67
Kelly Kraft
USA
-1
73
70
143
T67
Branden Grace
RSA
-1
73
70
143
T67
Richy Werenski
USA
-1
72
71
143
T67
Jason Dufner
USA
-1
70
73
143
T67
Jimmy Walker
USA
-1
75
68
143
T67
Daniel Berger
USA
-1
75
68
143
T67
Hideki Matsuyama
JPN
-1
71
72
143
T67
Brooks Koepka
USA
-1
72
71
143
T67
Louis Oosthuizen
RSA
-1
73
70
143
T67
Brian Gay
USA
-1
76
67
143
T67
Chris Kirk
USA
-1
74
69
143
T67
Adam Long
USA
-1
71
72
143
T67
Justin Thomas
USA
-1
71
72
143
T67
Bubba Watson
USA
-1
72
71
143
CUT
Beau Hossler
USA
Par
70
74
144
CUT
Brendan Steele
USA
Par
68
76
144
CUT
Haotong Li
CHN
Par
69
75
144
CUT
Kevin Streelman
USA
Par
73
71
144
CUT
Kyle Stanley
USA
Par
68
76
144
CUT
Marc Leishman
AUS
Par
71
73
144
CUT
Scott Stallings
USA
Par
71
73
144
CUT
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
Par
73
71
144
CUT
Trey Mullinax
USA
Par
69
75
144
CUT
Troy Merritt
USA
Par
71
73
144
CUT
Xander Schauffele
USA
Par
70
74
144
CUT
Aaron Wise
USA
1
71
74
145
CUT
Chez Reavie
USA
1
71
74
145
CUT
Dominic Bozzelli
USA
1
74
71
145
CUT
Henrik Stenson
SWE
1
75
70
145
CUT
J. B. Holmes
USA
1
73
72
145
CUT
Jordan Spieth
USA
1
76
69
145
CUT
Nick Watney
USA
1
70
75
145
CUT
Russell Henley
USA
1
73
72
145
CUT
Ryan Palmer
USA
1
71
74
145
CUT
Sam Ryder
USA
1
74
71
145
CUT
Alex Cejka
GER
2
73
73
146
CUT
Alexander Noren
SWE
2
70
76
146
CUT
Brian Stuard
USA
2
75
71
146
CUT
Chesson Hadley
USA
2
76
70
146
CUT
Harris English
USA
2
70
76
146
CUT
Martin Laird
SCO
2
76
70
146
CUT
Patrick Cantlay
USA
2
75
71
146
CUT
Ryan Armour
USA
2
72
74
146
CUT
Ryan Blaum
USA
2
71
75
146
CUT
Austin Cook
USA
3
72
75
147
CUT
Peter Uihlein
USA
3
72
75
147
CUT
Shane Lowry
IRL
3
73
74
147
CUT
Stewart Cink
USA
3
77
70
147
CUT
Talor Gooch
USA
3
72
75
147
CUT
Aaron Baddeley
AUS
4
75
73
148
CUT
Danny Willett
ENG
4
75
73
148
CUT
Kevin Tway
USA
4
76
72
148
CUT
Lucas Glover
USA
4
76
72
148
CUT
Phil Mickelson
USA
4
74
74
148
CUT
Sam Saunders
USA
4
75
73
148
CUT
Scott Brown
USA
4
75
73
148
CUT
Ted Potter Jr.
USA
4
74
74
148
CUT
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
4
74
74
148
CUT
Bronson Burgoon
USA
5
73
76
149
CUT
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
5
75
74
149
CUT
Vijay Singh
FIJ
5
73
76
149
CUT
Brandon Harkins
USA
6
69
81
150
CUT
Grayson Murray
USA
6
72
78
150
CUT
Harold Varner III
USA
6
74
76
150
CUT
John Huh
USA
6
74
76
150
CUT
Satoshi Kodaira
JPN
6
74
76
150
CUT
Zach Johnson
USA
6
73
77
150
CUT
Adam Hadwin
CAN
7
76
75
151
CUT
Andrew Putnam
USA
7
76
75
151
CUT
Charley Hoffman
USA
8
75
77
152
CUT
Danny Lee
NZL
8
75
77
152
CUT
Michael Kim
KOR
8
74
78
152
CUT
Paul Casey
ENG
8
78
74
152
CUT
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
9
84
69
153
CUT
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
9
77
76
153
DSQ
Wyndham Clark
USA
Par
80
80
RET
Cameron Champ
USA
Par
78
78
RET
J. J. Spaun
USA
Par
76
76
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