Simpson matches course record, Woods struggles to make cut at Players

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Day, who won the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow on Sunday, fired a bogey-free second round of five-under 67 on Friday to move to eight-under par in hot, humid conditions on the Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass. But there have been moments. 'By the time I got to the 15th and I holed one from off the green that would have gone 10ft past if it had missed the hole, I just started laughing.

Webb Simpson, the surprise 2012 U.S. Open Champion, hasn't won a PGA Tour event for five years - but he might run away with The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass this weekend.

Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas also extended their tournaments right on the mark, but their playing-partner McIlroy stumbled to a two-over 74 which was two shots too many to play another 36 holes.

Woods is back challenging on the PGA Tour after a fourth back surgery, recording top-five finishes at both the Valspar Championship and Arnold Palmer Invitational in March, while he was 32nd at the Masters.

"It was obviously a dream start - birdie, eagle and three-under through three - but I didn't make much of it from that moment on", Rose told Sky Sports. We always have. But I think our relationship has certainly gotten a lot closer with me being a vice captain (in Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup events) the last couple teams and sitting there and having very lengthy conversations with him about things, not just the pairings but just about things in general.

Woods has spent the past two weeks struggling to find his putting touch and unable to give himself enough birdie opportunities. Webb Simpson now leads the event on -15. He just kind of had control of his golf ball. "We were talking about it throughout the round, all three of us". "On the 17 the wind seemed to be changing about and I took the wrong club, but honestly I felt pretty good over it".

Simpson joined six others including Australians Day (2016) and Norman (1994) to post a 63 during the Players.

"We would all like to be grinding around the lead, but sometimes that's not the case and you've got to get around the cut line", said Spieth, who needed every bit of a second-round 68 to sneak into the weekend at 1 under. "I think that's what Pete Dye does so well". This was really solid today with the putter inside 15 feet, and that just makes you more comfortable. Thomas is tied for 86th after one round of play, shooting a 1-over par 73 in the first round.

Four birdies and two more bogeys from the ninth through the 16th saw him arrive at the 17th even for the day and flirting with the cut. The bad news is that they're facing a two-touchdown deficit and sit four shots outside the top 25, with little if any chance of factoring into the final outcome.

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