A first round 5-under 67 planted Tiger Woods in a tie for fourth place at the Players Championship, and he began his second go-round Friday morning at the TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl.
Compatriot Roberto Castro tied a course mark with a 9-under 63, holding a four stroke lead over Woods. It was Castro’s first ever venture to the tournament, and he knocked in seven birdies and an eagle on the par-5 second hole.
Rory McIlroy was just as impressive with six birdies, and finally overcame his struggles at the TPC with a 6-under 66, for second place. The 24-year-old had never shot par or made a cut at the Players Championship before.
Woods already began his second round at 8:39 a.m. Eastern time, paired with Matt Kuchar and Brandt Snedeker.
Castro is paired with Jimmy Walker and Jason Bohn, and tees-off at 12:46 p.m. McIroy will go later at 1:49 p.m. with defending Masters champion Adam Scott and Steve Stricker.
Phil Mickelson, who shot par in the first round, hopes to make the projected cut of one-under, and started his second round at 8:18 a.m, with Justin Rose and Webb Simpson.