Tiger Woods makes cut at Players thanks to Spieth, Thomas

Tiger Woods makes cut at Players thanks to Spieth, Thomas

However, the spotlight is now firmly on Webb Simpson, who is somehow still one of the PGA TOUR's most underrated stars.

Day's two wins in the early part of the season show that he is back on track after a winless 2017, and he will be close to the favourite this week at a course where he won this tournament in 2016. The 12-time PGA Tour victor (and former Players champ) is 8 under through two rounds after a 69-67 start with no sign of yielding for any of the other top players in the world who join him atop the leaderboard. "I feel better, and my short game has turned around".

"It was disappointing I didn't get the result I wanted but I took a lot of positives from the fact that I didn't have my best stuff at Augusta and I was still able to play my way into the final group and contend".

Scott's countryman Marc Leishman is three shots back having carded a second straight 71, while Geoff Ogilvy ensured he will miss the cut with a 74 dropping him to eight-over. I just can't physically do it. A week after his putter let him down, his approach shots were his biggest problem.

The former world No. 1 also acknowledged that when he had his problems with chipping past year, prior to his back surgery, Mickelson reached out to him.

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. But the island green at #17 is famous for a reason; obviously there's some gimmickry there, but it's also just a wedge for pros, and a great example of how psychology and the visual elements of a hole can wreak havoc on players.

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Japan's Matsuyama, ranked ninth in the world, bounced back from a first-round 79 with a 69 - but he, too, took a double-bogey at 17 and missed the cut for the second week in a row.

Fowler was done in by consecutive doubles that started with an errant and unlucky tee shot at the par-4 sixth. Im sure he was nervous playing that hole.

They just happened to be the 17th and 18th, the two hardest holes on the course. So might have caught a gust. I've got a few years under my belt - and it took me a few years to figure it out - but I've had a few top-10s here.

"I felt more comfortable driving the ball and being a little more aggressive off the tees and getting it down there, squeezing it around some of these corners and consequently I had a lot of nine-irons on down". His confidence is as high as ever.

"But I guess there wasn't much wind and greens were pretty receptive so you could have shot a low one". "That's what you want to do out here".

"I was actually contemplating putting it, but even if I putted it I might not have got within six or seven feet, I just wanted to try to leave myself a putt, but that checked into the hill quite nicely".

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