Holmes, Stanley share lead at Players Championship

  • Holmes, Stanley share lead at Players Championship

Holmes, Stanley share lead at Players Championship

Sean Lawrie, Craig's cousin, is a shot behind in a share of 16th, the pair chasing home player Niall Turner after he moved into the lead on 11-under after tacking a 66 on to his opening 67. He hit the talk-show circuit and took the ceremonial kick-off at a soccer match between his beloved Real Madrid and Barcelona - all the while wearing the Green Jacket, which he brought with him to Florida this week.

"He's just a good friend of mine".

"I think the guy that is going to be leading tomorrow is going to be somebody that's at like even, 1 under par right now, that goes out early and has a chance to shoot a low round", he said.

On Thursday McGirt eagled Nos.

"I'm playing some of my best golf and I'm only 4-under par", Rahm said. "I've been fortunate to be very successful here". Obviously there's a couple tee shots here and there that are a little bit uncomfortable, but I see what I want to do and I can see most of my reads quite well and I just feel comfortable on it.

Canadian Hughes was flawless in his round, having played 18 holes without posting a bogey. The first came at The RSM Classic in November, where he shot a 9-under 61.

Hughes, meanwhile, became the first player since Jordan Spieth in 2014 to go bogey-free in his first round at the tournament.

It was Garcia's 12 hole-in-one.

He entered the week as the second highest-ranked rookie in the FedExCup standings at No. 20.

Mickelson had missed the cut four consecutive years. It's been a busy week and at the beginning I wasn't really in the tournament. "You don't have to be very far off ... my ball landed 3 yards on but if you're 3 yards off, you're making 5".

"I just call it I've got a half shot, a three-quarters shot, and a full shot".

But the four-time major victor then bogeyed the fifth.

They will be chasing a total purse of $10.5 million, of which $1.89 million goes to the victor along with 600 FedExCup points.

With Scott and Sergio Garcia the only former winners of the event within six shots of the lead, Scott says the difficulty of breaking through at TPC Sawgrass means golf's unofficial fifth major is still wide open. Holmes dropped a 5-foot putt and saved par after an errant tee shot at the last to finish with a 70 and Stanley, the 36-hole co-leader with Louis Oosthuizen, got up and down from the back bunker at 18 to shoot 72.

The heat and firmness of the new Tifeagle bermuda greens left most players struggling to keep control of their approach shots, even from the fairway.

Significant renovations to Pete Dye's legendary Stadium Course since last year's event include a driveable par-4 12th. "It's hard to try and close around here, but I need a good one tomorrow".

"We're in a pretty good spot going into this weekend", said Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open champion who still hasn't won in America.

Garcia was aided by just the second ace in the last 15 years at the famous par-3 17th on Thursday.

Of the other Australians, Aaron Baddeley (one-under) and Rod Pampling (two-over) made the cut, but Cameron Smith, Greg Chalmers and Marc Leishman have the weekend off.

"My body adapted and got used to playing and practicing again", McIlroy said. The competition is named to honor Edwards, Tom Watson's longtime caddie and friend, who passed away in 2004 from ALS or "Lou Gehrig's Disease".