Oosthuizen, Stanley Share Lead At Players Championship

May 15, 2017, 09:36

David Hearn, of Canada, follows his shot on the 14th green during the second round of The Players Championship golf tournament Friday, May 12, 2017, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

He arrived at the 18th tee at even par and seemingly destined to safely make the halfway cut in Ponte Vedra, Florida.

Stanley started the third round in a tie for the lead with Louis Oosthuizen. But while he's never won a tournament the magnitude of the Players, the two-time Ryder Cupper is feeling good about what he's accomplished and where he stands heading into Sunday.

Rahm came out on fire on Friday, collecting two birdies on the first three holes.

Both players moved onto nine-under par and they now sit two shots clear of JB Holmes who sits alone in third.

Rory McIlroy, who is using his new Taylor Made clubs, finished on even after two rounds, though afterwards he revealed back pains will see him have a scan in Belfast next week.

"I'm playing some of my best golf and I'm only 4-under par", Rahm said. "A couple bogeys, but you can expect that to happen around here with as hard as the golf course is". "[I didn't] want to be passing them on the way back home if I played bad [and missed the cut]".

A back pin on the island-green 17th is no bargain, especially when the greens are firm.

The cut was at 2-over 146, and there will be another cut Saturday because more than 78 players advanced to the weekend. You just kind of have to remind yourself that even though you're a little bit over par, on the leaderboard I was still in a pretty good spot.

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Yes, there were plenty of those. He found the water at the par-5 16th and made bogey but answered with a five-foot birdie putt at the par-3 17th. Zac Blair hit three shots into the water on the par-3 17th and made a 9.

Holmes fired a 70 that featured three birdies (including on No. 17) and one bogey.

Defending champion Jason Day had two double bogeys in his round of 73 and was eight shots behind, still hopeful of becoming the first back-to-back victor of this championship. Garcia, Patrick Cantlay (72) and Alex Noren (72) were another shot behind.

Holmes and Stanley lead South African Louis Oosthuizen by one stroke, with South Korean Kim Si-woo two behind.

No doubt a good deal will be on the line on Sunday at The Players, where the victor will earn almost $1.9 million.

"One of the toughest things was I had a late tee-off time and it was taking five hours to play, and I know [my wife] Katie and the kids were driving up late in the afternoon [from Orlando]", he said. Defending champion: Jason Day. He was 2 over for his day, holding a 4-iron in his hands, standing on the tee with that lonely little flagstick waving back some 247 yards away. Rickie Fowler shot 74 and joined Johnson and McIlroy at 144. But he settled in and birdied No. 8 (20-foot putt), the longest par-3 hole on the course.

Those experiences should help his game here at The Players Championship where the weather has changed and the potential for rain and a wet course is very possible. Pete Dye's design at TPC Sawgrass is a test that brings out the best from the game's best, but with a record number of balls in the water at 17 and numerous game's stars out of contention, the name of the game has been survival.

"There were a few times that you feel like you get looked over a little bit, but it's always - you fix that by playing better".

This is Oosthuizen's seventh appearance with his best finish coming in 2013.

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