Published: Sun, May 13, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Simpson roars into big lead as McIlroy misses cut

Simpson roars into big lead as McIlroy misses cut

But he screwed his wedge at the 17th back into the lake and made a costly double-bogey five to shoot 74 and miss out by two shots on one-over. "It's so hot, it's playing short, the greens are receptive". Johnson has never finished in the top 10 here.

It was only on his fourth start at The Players Championship that Rory McIlroy broke par since then he's only had five rounds, out of 28, in the 60s and missed four cuts at TPC Sawgrass in his career, with only 3 top tens.

"I finally got off to a good start, " said Woods, who opened the tournament with rounds of 72-71.

- No one ever played a better round at the TPC Sawgrass than Webb Simpson.

Lee puts the success down to his putting, now sitting second in putts per green in regulation for the tournament.

Speaking after his round in a video posted on the PGA Tour website, he said: "If you were to ask me: 'Could someone get to 19 under?', I would have said that would be really tough and the conditions have to be just right". He punctuated it with a long par putt at the last hole and seemed to be one of the only golfers going anywhere on moving day. "With these greens as soft as they are, I didn't take advantage of the opportunities I had to really shoot a good number".

And a par at the last meant Simpson had to be satisfied with becoming the seventh player to shoot 63 in the Players Championship, the 32-year-old's 15 under par total also equalling the 36-hole scoring record.

A slight mis-hit and his tee shot to 17 stalled in the air, it just pitched on the front bank next to the bunker, but rolled back into the water.

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The pair were still some way off the lead with leader Webb Simpson, who tees off later on Saturday, at 15 under.

But Spieth staged a grandstand finish as he birdied each of the final three holes, hitting superb irons to three feet at 17 and 18, and he was delighted with his form on the greens over the last 36 holes.

Bad news for the chasing pack, but before Lee sets his sights on winning, he'll first need to fix his weekend woes.

The projected cut was at two under numerous times, but it dipped to one under late in the day to let in Woods, world No 2 Thomas, and Spieth, who staged a valiant fightback from his opening 75 to card a seven-birdie 68.

Danny Lee was leading the B-Flight with a bogey-free round of 70 but with birdies only on the two par 5s on the back nine. If I can shoot 9-under today, a guy can go out and shoot 7-, 8- or 9-under [Saturday] and shrink it pretty quickly. "I feel like I've got my finger on something right now, and hopefully we can ride it forever".

The three-time major victor knows a little something about mounting a Sunday charge from the lower reaches of the leaderboard.

Madison's Steve Stricker had five birdies and two bogeys in his round of 69. Other than Simpson, few players were able to make any meaningful movements, as evidenced by the fact that when Woods signed his scorecard before the leaders had even teed off he was in eighth place.

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