Players Championship 2019: Start times, couplings and forecasts for Saturday

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Rory McIlroy was at the top of his game at the Players Championship.

Rory McIlroy was at the top of the Players Championship rankings. Lynne Sladky / Associated Press

Tommy Fleetwood is one of the best golfers in the world. European golfers and fans are well aware of this because he has consistently won with his decisive play.

American golf fans may not know much about Fleetwood, but that could change when the Players Championship ends on Sunday. Fleetwood followed his first round of seven-under 65 with a five-under-67 round.

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Tommy Fleetwood had a dream debut on Friday, playing his first three holes on 4 under par.

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Fleetwood continues to hit the ball well and took advantage of his birdie opportunities. The English star is tied in the lead with 12 under par with Rory McIlroy, who shot a player under 65 and seems to be at the top of his game.

McIlroy made an eagle on the 16th hole of normal 5 and followed him with a birdie on the island 's green at number 17 to give himself a share of the lead.

Fleetwood and McIlroy have a three-time lead over a group of four players, including Ian Poulter, Jim Furyk, Abraham Ancer and Brian Harman.

Kevin Kisner, Jason Day and Keith Mitchell are eight points behind. These three are perfectly placed to attack the leaders.

Fleetwood and McIlroy will leave at 2:40 pm AND during TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

Poulter and Furyk will precede the leaders and leave at 2:30, while Harman and Ancer will start their turn at 2:20.

Kisner and Day will start at 2:10 pm, while Mitchell will play with Luke List and start their round at 2:00 pm. Woods and Kevin Na will leave at 11 am

Here is a link to all departure times for the third round.

McIlroy once again strikes the ball with consistency and power, and the star of Northern Ireland plays with confidence.

He participated in several tournaments throughout the year, but he struggled with his performances in the closing round. He can face another crucial Sunday trick if he can play well during Saturday's round.

"It's a long way to go from here to the end of the tournament," said McIlroy in the media tent after the tour (h / t Golf Channel). "It's too early to talk about victory, I have to keep doing what I'm doing to get a chance."

McIlroy has been 12-under-par at 36 holes three times in his career, and he has won them all. These tournaments include Deutsche Bank 2012, BMW 2012 and the British Open 2014, by golf statistician Justin Ray.

Here is an overview of the complete ranking after 36 holes.

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Tiger Woods' second round featured 17 manual holes and the 17th hole.

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Tiger Woods followed by his first round under 70 with one under par 71. However, these relatively consistent scores do not tell the story of one or the other round. Tiger's short match started in the first run, but he had some delicate genes.

On Friday, his round was relatively stable, but he had a major problem at the island's No. 17 hole. Woods hit two balls in the water on that hole and he managed a quadruple seven bogey during this normal test.

"The two shots, I'm just trying to hit the ball on the slope (on the green) and leave with a 20-foot equal foot and move on," he said. said Woods, of Bob Harig, of ESPN.com. . "The second one I hit was too flat and too hot, but the first of the regular t-shirt was a good shot, it just flew a bit too far."

When he went to the 17th hole, Woods was only two shots from the leader at the time. While the rest of his lap was acceptable, Woods found nine shots behind Fleetwood and McIlroy.

Fleetwood said the course was tougher in the second round than Thursday's first match. "Yesterday, the course was very receptive," Fleetwood told Mike Tirico of NBC at the end of his tour. "It has become a lot more difficult today as the course gets clearer."

The best players, Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm, are among the top seven, while co-leader in the first round, Keegan Bradley, has slipped a little and is at six with Reed.

predictions

McIlroy was in contention almost every week and, although he had problems in the final rounds, it was not the case in the third round.

He hits the ball extremely well and he plays with the confidence to hit the ball in the pine straw and find himself on the putting green, as he did on the 18th during Friday's round. When McIlroy is at play, he plays without fear and it seems that there is no knock that he can not attempt successfully.

After shooting 67-65 in the first two rounds, look for a 66 in the third round.

Fleetwood is a great golfer who knows he has a chance to win his first tournament on American soil. Fleetwood has one of the most beautiful swings in the game and nothing prevents it from shooting for the third time in a row in the 60s.

Jim Furyk continues to challenge Father Time, who scored 64 points on Friday, his best run against the Players. Aged 48, he understands how to play TPC Sawgrass in all conditions. The winds will probably blow from the north and make the route longer and harder. Furyk's precision at the beginning made him a threat.

Dustin Johnson is able to take charge of any golf tournament with his formidable combination of power and skill. Both parts of his game were on show in the second round with his 68, and this score could have been better if he had been a little luckier with his putter.

Johnson may be ready to muscle up and attack this famous golf course. Look for Johnson to shoot 66 or 67 on the day of the move.

Tiger seems to be very far from the quarrel, he has succeeded and he will be competitive. The prediction here is that after diving two balls into the water on Friday 17th hole, he will be birdied on Saturday and will shoot at least one balloon under 68 years old.