Tiger Woods has won the Players Championship once in his decorated career, but the American has shot a personal record through two rounds, and is still one stroke behind leader Sergio Garcia heading into Saturday’s third round.
Highlighted by a 20-foot eagle putt on the second hole, Woods compiled his second straight 67 on Friday and sits at 10-under 134. Woods did have two bogeys, which cost him the lead heading into the third round. Woods is now six strokes better than his previous best at TPC Sawgrass.
Following a bogey on the first hole, Garcia strung together five consecutive birdies en route to a 7-under 65, and 11-under overall for the lead.
The two will be paired together in the third round, beginning at 2:40 p.m. Eastern.
Masterful in the first round, American Roberto Castro saw his early lead crumble with four bogeys on the first nine, and a bogey and double bogey on the 11th and 12th holes for a 6-over par second round. In his first appearance in the Players Championship, Castro is now tied for 31st at 3-under 141.
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Three straight bogeys on the seventh, eighth, and ninth holes spoiled Rory McIlroy’s second round, and he slipped back to 6-under for the tournament in a tie for 13th.
McIlroy tees-off with Scotsman Martin Laird at 1:20 p.m.
American Phil Mickelson missed the cut, shooting a one-over with three birdies negated by four bogeys throughout the second round.