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Rory McIlroy tied for first place in the TPC Sawgrass 2019 players' championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., One year after failing to qualify for the tournament. McIlroy will start the weekend tied in the lead with Tommy Fleetwood at 12 under par.
Tiger Woods started the second lap playing very well, but a quadruple bogey on hole 17 of normal 3, including two balls in the water, sank his afternoon. Woods finished tied for 39th at three under par.
Golf is difficult.
Tiger Woods puts two in the water on No. 17. 💦 https://t.co/xEqCMx04Z0
Woods then spoke to the media and addressed the disastrous hole. "I was pretty excited," he says Golf Channel. "There is no doubt about that, I was bound and determined to recover everything and recover it … At the moment, I'm back at six, which is quite achievable on this course, especially with the weather that it does. "
"I just have to go and put it up this weekend because now, I mean, literally, no matter who's successful cup has a chance to win this tournament."
The projected cut line is tied with Bubba Watson, which barely makes it. Notable names cut include Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson and Henrik Stenson. The official PGA Tour website lists the complete ranking here.
Spieth finished over par but told Ben Everill of the PGA that he was encouraged by his putting. However, Spieth's trouble around his momentum continues as he hits only 12 of the 28 fairways in the first two rounds.
"Unfortunately, you go out here and you need nine out of ten to be good," Spieth explained to Everill. "I made 11 birdies this week and I missed the cup after two rounds, I have almost everything to my T-shirt in the green, hit the ball."
Before Friday's second round, Mickelson admitted to Golf Channel's Will Gray: "I just do not play very well on this course." Outside a field goal through the trees to hit the 10th hole green, this trend continued for Lefty who finished at four on the normal.
12 years later … even Phil Mickelson.
I do not know how he did it, but Phil hit the green again.
As for the players still in contention, Ian Poulter will be the one to watch this weekend to challenge leaders Fleetwood and McIlroy. Poulter went seven under eight holes to propel him into a tie for third place with Jim Furyk, Brian Harman and Abraham Ancer at nine under par. Poulter has birdied four of his last five holes.
Furyk will be looking to be traded this weekend after a qualification just for the championship players.