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Player Championships: Rory McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood share lead after two rounds at TPC Sawgrass



Ranking

-12 Tommy Fleetwood, Rory McIlroy

-9 Ian Poulter, Jim Furyk, Brian Harman and Abraham Ancer

Keith Mitchell, Kevin Kisner, Jason Day

Second day

Rory McIlroy joined Tommy Fleetwood at the top of the ranking after the second round of Sawgrass players' championship.

Fleetwood built on his 65 in the opening round by raising four shots in the first three holes, including the eagle in second place, and although he couldn't claim the pace, the 18th place birdie brought him a 67 to move. to 12 under par.

It seemed good enough for direct guidance until McIlroy was late. The Quadruple Champion won the eighth, ninth, tenth and twelfth places and then finished in the 16th and Eagle Birdie 17th place to sign up to 65th.

Both players were in good shape without translating it into victory. McIlroy finished first six in all his last six events, while Fleetwood led the Arnold Palmer Invitational last week before finishing third.

He said, "(I need) just do the same thing. It didn't happen last week, but I did so many good things and it was nice to play with confidence."

"Today I felt very comfortable and I enjoyed it. (I'll try to keep it) and concentrate. Two laps are a long, long time, but I got in a good position."

McIlroy looks forward to a weekend battle with his team-mate Ryder Cup, who says, "I'm excited. Tommy played great last week. Of course I also had my chances.

Fleetwood and McIlroy hold a three-fold lead over the players quartet – English Ian Poulter, Americans Jim Furyk and Brian Harman and Mexican Abraham Ancer.

Furyk had the best day, a 48-year-old former Ryder Cup captain who played eight birdies in flawless 64 races.

Tiger Woods admitted he was "ticked" after seeing his chances of winning the third player champion title with a potentially fatal blow on the famous 17th hole.

Woods started the second round of five rounds off the lead but moved ominously to the 12th, 13th and 16th birdie rankings, starting at tenth.

But the former world number one threw two balls into the water for two fourth sixth hole.

Woods avoided the 13th and 16th places and made birdies on both occasions, but his luck escaped to 17th when his tee landed on the green but just ran off the back.

The 43-year-old decided to play his next shot from the drop zone, but pulled out the approach he took one reflection before he plunged into the water and after finally finding the green, Woods two-putted from 20 feet.

"The second wedge didn't surprise me, it was too flat. I was surprised by the first one," Woods told reporters. “I was pretty damned. I was determined to get it all back.

"Other than 17 I didn't really do much wrong. Anyone who makes a cut has a chance."

Woods regrouped to play the remaining 10 holes in two under par and returned to 71, but there are nine lead shots on three under par.

Day one message

Tommy Fleetwood fired an excellent first round of 65 on the seven-under post to share the first round leading to the players' championship next to Keegan Bradley.

Maybe Fleetwood was inspired by the victory of his good friend Francesco Molinari last week, 30 minutes after the attack on nine attackers – mainly due to the extraordinary ball hit.

In his first nine holes he made only one bird that started in the 10th, but six of the first saw him send a target that he might not pass.

Bradley was the only man who could wrestle Fleetwood's efforts as he hit two birdies and an eagle on Sawgrass's four-hole penalty as he started on the back nine, on the way to the Englishman's seven under.

Byeong Hun An and Brian Harman played 66 shots to sit on their backs, the former shooter the ball great and the second puting after the putt.

Rory McIlroy had a chance to join them after he reached five-under, just with a par-nine nine but par there saw him shoot 67 at a low-score day at Sawgrass.

World No.1 Dustin Johnson plunged into the same hole in a frustrating round of 69 holes, while Justin Thomas made a costly mistake in the sixth round in 71 games where he had six shots from an earlier pace.

For Tiger Woods, it was a busy nine, which, having reached a turnover level, released just one five birdie and three bogey par to finish the day on two-under, alongside Jason Day and Adam Scott.

Ian Poulter had a solid first lap when he shot 69 to sit on the three and John Rahm, Sergio Garcia and Matt Wallace joined him.

The thought of Anirban Lahiri, who was the only player to remain on the court when the game was interrupted due to darkness, when all he had to do was putt out on the 18th green.


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