- If you look at the recent list of Players Championship winners (Jason Day, Rickie Fowler and Martin Kaymer), Louis Oosthizen fits into that group nicely. Each posted a 6-under 66 to share the lead at The Players Championship, making it even more hard for the top two players in the world to catch them. That's when the tournament will finally start to take shape, and while Oosthuizen and Stanley stood out with the best scores of the second round, both know it can change quickly.
Anirban hit three shots into the water and made a 10 on the par-4 18th hole.
"I think that's where over the years you sort of learn to be patient around this golf course, and you know, don't try the hero shot all the time". Don't try and do the fearless thing.
This is the tournament professional golfers consider a fifth major because of the difficulty of the course and the overall quality of the field. "You need to be on top of your game mentally and out on the course".
And it showed that Oosthuizen and Stanley were at their best. Cameron Smith, Jim Furyk, Matt Every, Billy Horschel, Russell Knox and Jonas Blixt missed the cut. "I've been playing well for a while now, and just putting four good rounds together".
"I hit the ball really well the last couple days", he said.
He's now the frontrunner as Vegas has him as a 3-1 favorite to take the trophy.
"There's been a lot of consistency this year", Stanley said after his second round. "I'm happy with where my game is at right now". I don't think you can ever really get too comfortable out here.
Behind those two are a host of others, and it's quite the group.
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The top-four players also belied the notion that bombers don't have an advantage on the quirky Stadium Course. Patrick Cantlay is 5 under. He has 36 holes left to end the drought. That leaves just three men, and two of them were the stars of the tournament on Friday in Oosthuizen and Stanley. Johnson needed 31 and 29 putts, respectively, in the first two rounds.
J.B Holmes is third after shooting a 69 Friday. That's a pretty fascinating trio, isn't it? It's pretty easy to see somebody dropping a 66 or 65 early on Saturday, isn't it? They're all more than seven down going to the weekend.
At 54 years old but feeling as good as he has in several years, Singh didn't make a bogey until a three-putt at the 18th hole, and with a 68, finished at 6-under 138.
"There's still a lot of golf left", said Stanley, who has won once on the PGA Tour, in 2012.
"I don't want to talk about that", Singh said. "I think anybody who makes the cut has a really good shot". They're both free-wheelers with serious distance off the tee, but both kept themselves under enough control to shoot 66 to finish at 9-under-par 135.
Fellow Canadian Mackenzie Hughes, the first-round co-leader with American William McGirt, shot 75 to slip three strokes off the pace. After conserving his energy by not playing a practice round in the tough Florida heat, we'll see if it pays off for Mickelson on Saturday and Sunday (he's T109 in 4th round scoring average).
"Well, I think it's always great coming in with good form and knowing you're hitting the ball well". It's also the second-most in any round since the numbers started being kept (50 in Round 1 in 2007). Zac Blair hit three shots into the water on the par-3 17th and made a 9.
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