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Lingmerth three back at THE PLAYERS midpoint 05-10-2013
David Lingmerth
David Lingmerth matched his opening 68 at THE PLAYERS in his second round to reach the halfway point in 8-under 136. Lingmerth turned in respective nines of 35 and 33 today. He hit just 10 greens in regulation but buried five birdies, none longer than six feet. His only bogey of the round occurred at the par-4 18th where he short-sided his approach right of the green and eventually whiffed on the par attempt from 10'9". He'll wake up on Saturday sitting three strokes off the 36-hole lead.
ZJ just 3-for-15 in birdie opps in 2nd round 05-10-2013
Zach Johnson
Zach Johnson followed his opening 66 at THE PLAYERS with a 1-under-par 33-38=71 to reach the halfway point in 7-under 137, four strokes off the 36-hole lead. Despite the red number, this was a disappointing day for ZJ. He landed 15 greens in regulation and missed two birdie putts inside eight feet. He circled just three birdies all day, including conversions from 27'7" at 10 and 12'8" at 12. He even recorded a notable bogey save. After finding water off the tee at the par-4 seventh, he'd eventually stand over an 11'3" attempt that he'd pour in.
Scott continues to thrive with ball-striking 05-10-2013
Adam Scott
Adam Scott followed his opening 69 at THE PLAYERS with a 4-under-par 35-33=68 to hit the midpoint in 7-under 137 and sit four strokes off the 36-hole lead. He added 15 greens in regulation today to total 31 for the week thus far. That led the field when he signed his card. However, he's also split 23 (of 28) fairways, which ranks his T3. His average distance of measured drives (308.1) places him second. So, that he's only 7-under is mildly disappointing. He bracketed today's set of six birdies with bogeys at 2 and 18. While an 11-footer for birdie drew applause at the par-3 17th, his highlighted was a beaut of a birdie from 30'4" down the slope at the par-4 fourth.
Stenson bags 2 eagles on inward nine; 2 back 05-10-2013
Henrik Stenson
Henrik Stenson backed up his opening 68 at THE PLAYERS with a 5-under-par 36-31=67 to reach the midpoint in 9-under 135, two strokes in arrears of the 36-hole clubhouse lead. For the second straight day, the Swede split 10 (of 14) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation. He also squared two bogeys, and again, both at the par-4 14th and 18th holes. However, today's par breakers consisted of two eagles and three birdies. The most notable of the bunch included birdies from 16'11" and 18'8" at the 16th and sixth holes, respectively, but the highlight of the round was his last stroke of the day. After flying his second over the green at the par-5 ninth, he holed out from 31 yards in the rough for eagle. His first eagle dropped in from 9'3" at the par-5 second hole.
Horschel's consecutive cuts made streak ends 05-10-2013
Billy Horschel
Billy Horschel shot 3-over-par 76-71=147 at THE PLAYERS and will miss the cut.

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He's going to have nightmares about the par-4 18th hole. He three-putted from inside 25 feet for double bogey on Thursday, and then knocked two into the water en route to a triple bogey today to miss the cut by three. Otherwise, Horschel submitted a yeoman's effort in his debut at TPC Sawgrass, hitting 25 greens and converting nine birdies. This is his first missed cut in 24 starts. Look for him to try again at next week's HP Byron Nelson Championship, site of his last missed cut.
Furyk misses just his fourth cut at PLAYERS 05-10-2013
Jim Furyk
Jim Furyk will miss the cut at THE PLAYERS on the number at 1-over-par 72-73=145. In yet another example of how TPC Sawgrass plays no favorites, this is just the fourth time in 18 starts at the event that Furyk has failed to cash. He went 0-for-15 in birdie chances in today's round, but sunk everything inside 9'3". Overall, he converted on just three of 28 looks at birdie. His consecutive cuts made streak ends at 13.
Castro takes 15 more shots in second round 05-10-2013
Roberto Castro
Overnight leader Roberto Castro chased his opening 63 at THE PLAYERS with a 6-over-par 39-39=78 in his second round. Even the most cynical didn't expect this from the PGA TOUR sophomore. He split 10 (of 14) fairways and hit just nine greens at TPC Sawgrass today. After a birdie-4 at the second hole, he'd fail to find another par breaker along the way, instead settling for five bogeys and a double. Castro missed three putts inside eight feet today. He signed his card sitting 3-under 141, eight strokes back of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.
Wittenberg hangs tough in the second round 05-10-2013
Casey Wittenberg
Casey Wittenberg backed up his opening 67 at THE PLAYERS with a 3-under-par 35-34=69 to reach the halfway point in 8-under 136, three shots off the 36-hole clubhouse lead. He hit 12 greens in regulation today and needed a couple of pick-me-ups to keep the pedal down. After negotiating a birdie from 38'2" at the par-3 17th to get back to even on the day, he birdied 18 and 1 to go 2-under through 10 holes. A zero-putt eight-yarder for par from the fringe at 5 was nifty. Wittenberg then holed a seven-yarder from the fringe for birdie at 7 before closing out with another clutch par save, this time from 17'4" at 9.
Estes commits to 25th straight Byron Nelson 05-10-2013
Bob Estes
Bob Estes is listed in the published field of next week's HP Byron Nelson Championship.

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Estes was a late scratch from THE PLAYERS due to an illness that left him dizzy and short of breath. He should be ready to go for what would be his 25th consecutive appearance in the Byron Nelson. The Texan has cashed 11 times in Irving but only once in his last six trips (T41, 2012).
Poulter with rare second straight missed cut 05-10-2013
Ian Poulter
Ian Poulter reached the halfway point of THE PLAYERS in 2-over-par 75-71=146 and will miss the cut. He hit just 22 greens in regulation and converted only five birdies, not enough to offset five bogeys and a double. It's just his second missed cut in his last eight trips to TPC Sawgrass. What's more shocking is that he missed the cut in his last start at the Masters. Poulter hadn't missed consecutive cuts on the PGA TOUR since the first two legs of the 2008 FedExCup Playoffs.
Watney won't play the weekend at TPC Sawgrass 05-10-2013
Nick Watney
At 2-over-par 76-70=146, Nick Watney will miss the cut at THE PLAYERS. For all intents and purposes, Watney painted himself into a corner on Thursday when he hit only seven greens in regulation and swallowed six bogeys against just two birdies. He tried to reel in a paycheck with 14 GIR and five birdies today, but still carded one bogey and a double. Overall, he played the par 5s in even par with three birdies and three bogeys. This is his first weekend off in an even with a cut since Pebble Beach in February.
Justin Rose misses the cut at THE PLAYERS 05-10-2013
Justin Rose
Justin Rose arrived at the halfway point of THE PLAYERS in 2-over-par 72-74=146 and will miss the cut. The Englishman hit 22 greens in regulation and managed eight birdies this week, but he also swallowed eight bogeys and a double to clinch his fifth MC in his last eight trips to TPC Sawgrass. It's his first weekend off anywhere since last year's Deutsche Bank Championship.
Laird finding success again at TPC Sawgrass 05-10-2013
Martin Laird
Martin Laird spun a 5-under-par 32-35=67 in his second round of THE PLAYERS to reach the midpoint in 6-under 138, five strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead. The Scot shared runner-up honors with three others at TPC Sawgrass last year, so his current position is no surprise. In today's loop, he hit 14 greens in regulation and buried six birdies. Four among the set dropped in from beyond 11 feet, the longest measuring 31'2" at the third hole. He also converted a par attempt from 16'2" at 8. His lone blemish occurred at the par-4 18th where he failed to get up and down from laying up 35 yards short of the hole, eventually settling for bogey.
Webb Simpson holes bunker shot at par-3 17th 05-10-2013
Webb Simpson
Webb Simpson followed his opening 67 at THE PLAYERS with a 1-under-par 35-36=71 to reach the midpoint in 6-under 138, five strokes adrift of the 36-hole clubhouse lead. The reigning U.S. Open champion hits only 11 greens in regulation today. He bogeyed three of the other seven holes. While he rolled in a birdie from 12'6" at the third hole, his only memorable highlight was a birdie from the bunker 18 yards out at the par-3 17th hole. It was a pro's pro kind of shot given that today's hole location is near the back edge.
Dufner five back at midpoint of THE PLAYERS 05-10-2013
Jason Dufner
Jason Dufner sits 6-under-par 71-67=138 through two rounds of THE PLAYERS, five strokes adrift of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

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Dufner is still chasing his first top 10 on the PGA TOUR this season. Thus far at TPC Sawgrass, he's hit 26 greens in regulation and circled eight birdies to offset four bogeys. However, his highlight was an eagle-2 at the par-4 18th hole on Thursday. Standing near the water on the left side of the fairway, he drew an iron in from 158 yards. The ball landed on the green, bounced a couple of times and then took the right-to-left break before disappearing. It was just the third eagle on the hole in tournament history.
Leishman concludes second round with eagle-2 05-10-2013
Marc Leishman
Marc Leishman lapped TPC Sawgrass in 6-under-par 33-33=66 in his second round of THE PLAYERS.

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The Aussie split 13 (of 14) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation today, but it's what he did with his opportunities that deserve attention. Leishman converted six birdies, the longest of which just 11'3" at the par-5 second hole, to offset two bogeys. Then, standing in the fairway 172 yards out at the par-4 18th hole, he jarred his approach for eagle, just the fourth at the hole in tournament history. He reached the midpoint in 6-under 138, five off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.
Y.E. Yang fulfills his negative expectations 05-10-2013
Y.E. Yang
Y.E. Yang completed 36 holes of THE PLAYERS in 10-over-par 73-81=154 and will miss the cut. He warned us. Yang split 21 (of 28) fairways and hit 22 greens in regulation this week, but wiped away seven birdies with seven bogeys, two doubles and two triples. To epitomize how poorly he played, his second-longest conversion at TPC Sawgrass -- by one inch at that -- measured 11'5" at the par-4 fourth in today's second round. The problem is, it dropped in for a 7 on the hole.
Kuchar rides seven birdies to second-round 66 05-10-2013
Matt Kuchar
Matt Kuchar flourished in his second round of THE PLAYERS, getting around TPC Sawgrass in 6-under-par 33-33=66 to reach the halfway point in 7-under 137. He hit 13 greens for the second straight day, but managed to get his putter to cooperate today. Kuchar rolled in seven birdies, the only notable of which dropping in from 15'3" at the par-4 10th hole where he began his round. He also poured in a par save from 12'11" at 14 to maintain momentum. The defending champ signed his card sitting four strokes back of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.
Woods cards another 67 @ TPC Sawgrass; 1 back 05-10-2013
Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods chased his opening 5-under-par 34-33=67 at THE PLAYERS with another in his second round to reach the midpoint in 10-under 134, one stroke off the 36-hole clubhouse lead. Woods landed 15 greens in regulation today -- three more than on Thursday -- en route to an eagle and five birdies. He opened his round with a birdie conversion from 11'6" at the par-4 10th hole. After making the turn, he drilled home a putt from 20'6" for a 3 at the par-5 second, and then concluded his round with his final birdie, this time from 18'7" at the par-5 ninth. The world's top-ranked golfer got up and down just one of three times, but the pair of bogeys couldn't prevent him from linking sub-70s at TPC Sawgrass for the first time since the second and third rounds in 2004. Overall this week, he's bogey-free 8-under on the par 5s with an eagle and six birdies.
Dustin Johnson withdraws from THE PLAYERS 05-10-2013
Dustin Johnson
Dustin Johnson withdrew from THE PLAYERS prior to his second round. DJ was scheduled to go off the first tee at 1:39 p.m. ET. He opened with a 2-over-par 36-38=74. Johnson cited an irritated left wrist that prevented him from giving it a go at Quail Hollow last week, so don't be surprised if this is the reasoning for today's decision. If an explanation is released, we will relay it to you.
Garcia nets 8 birds; 36-hole clubhouse leader 05-10-2013
Sergio Garcia
Sergio Garcia blitzed TPC Sawgrass for eight birdies en route to a 7-under-par 34-31=65 in his second round of THE PLAYERS where he owns the 36-hole clubhouse lead at 11-under 133. Garcia split 10 (of 14) fairways and hit 15 greens in regulation today. He sat 1-under after a bogey at the par-4 first hole -- his 10th of the round -- before going on a tear. The Spaniard birdied 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8 coming in. The run included conversions from 14'11" (second hole), 19 feet (fifth), 26 feet (sixth) and 40'2" (eighth). For good measure, he also poured in a par save from the fringe four yards out at 7.
Heavy-hearted Ryan Palmer buries two eagles 05-10-2013
Ryan Palmer
Ryan Palmer backed up his opening 67 at THE PLAYERS with a 3-under-par 35-34=69 in his second round to reach the midpoint in 8-under 136, one stroke adrift of the 36-hole clubhouse co-leaders.

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Palmer bogeyed five of the eight holes where he missed the green in regulation today, but he more than offset with two eagles and four birdies. His highlight package began with a par save from 27'2" at the par-5 second hole. His first birdie dropped in from 24'10" at 4, and his first eagle fell from the fringe 10 yards out at the par-5 ninth. After making the turn, he then jarred a greenside bunker shot for his second eagle at the par-5 11th. Birdies ensued from 10'11" at 13 and 15'9" at 17. All in all, it was an incredible testament to his grit. A few hours after his opening round on Thursday, Palmer learned that a boyhood pal in Texas died from injuries sustained in a car crash.
Co-leader Westwood bogey-free thru 36-holes 05-10-2013
Lee Westwood
Lee Westwood is bogey-free, 9-under-par 69-66=135 and shares the 36-hole clubhouse at THE PLAYERS. When he's on, he should dismantle TPC Sawgrass. The world-class ball-striker has split 22 (of 28) fairways and hit 27 greens in regulation en route to an eagle and seven birdies. Today's set of par breakers began with an eagle hole-out from the rough 33 yards away at the par-5 11th hole. He tacked on four birdies thereafter, the longest dropping in from 14'2" at 12. Westwood helped keep his scorecard spotless with a par save from 10'6" at the par-4 14th.
Howell III goes bogey-free in second round 05-10-2013
Charles Howell III
Charles Howell III crafted a bogey-free, 5-under-par 34-33=67 in his second round of THE PLAYERS to reach the midpoint in 6-under 138. CH3 went 3-for-3 in scrambling today, a slate that included par conversions of 11'4" at the seventh hole and 19'4" at 18. He also circled five birdies, three of which from beyond 11 feet, the longest measuring 28'1" at the par-4 10th. He signed today's card sitting three strokes off the early 36-hole clubhouse lead.
Chappell sets early 36-hole clubhouse lead 05-10-2013
Kevin Chappell
At 9-under-par 69-66=135, Kevin Chappell was the first to establish the 36-hole clubhouse lead at THE PLAYERS. Chappell has hit just 23 greens in regulation, but he's filled up the cup with an eagle and 12 birdies to offset five bogeys. He's played the par-5 11th hole in 3-under with a birdie from 20'9" on Thursday and an eagle conversion measuring just 10'10" today. Three other birdies found the cup from beyond 13 feet, and he poured in a par save from 12'8" at No. 5 in the second round. Four of Chappell's five paydays this year have gone for a top 25 -- three were top 15s -- so he's quite comfortable contending.
Colt Knost withdraws prior to second round 05-10-2013
Colt Knost
Colt Knost withdrew from THE PLAYERS before his second round due to injuries to his neck and spine.

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Knost was scheduled to go off the 10th tee at 7:36 a.m. ET. He opened with a 7-over-par 36-43=79. On his Twitter page, the big fella wrote: "Tried to give it a go this morning but couldn't. Hope to be ready for @hpbnc next week! Thanks to @theplayerschampionship for everything."