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Holmes, Stanley share lead at Players Championship

Frederick Owens | 14 May, 2017, 03:43

On Thursday, the Stadium Course played 1.27 strokes easier (72.22-73.49) than in the afternoon wave.

J.B Holmes is third after shooting a 69 Friday. "It's a great golf course", Oosthuizen explained at The Players Championship media center. If he were to win, he would become the oldest player to win on the PGA Tour at 54 years, 2 months, the tour said.

FRIDAY NOTES: Twelve of 43 second-round leaders/co-leaders have gone on to win The Players Championship, including Jason Day in 2016.

"You just kind of have to remind yourself that even though you're a little bit over par, on the leaderboard I was still in a pretty good spot", Stanley said.

"The history about the tournament, the golf course, everything about it, you see it as another major week of golf", said Oosthuizen, who did not make a bogey and dropped a 20-foot birdie putt on the ninth hole, his last, to secure his piece of the lead.

Each shot 6-under 66 to share the lead at the Players Championship after Friday's second round, making it even more hard for the top two players in the world to catch them.

"I haven't won in donkey's years but I think I still can compete out here, and as long as I think I can compete, I'll play here", said the three-time Major victor, who lives near the course and is a constant presence at the driving range. "I've been probably working a little bit more on my putting at home in Palm Beach, try and every day just do a bit of half an hour work when I can, and you know, I think it's paid off".

Round of the day: Last week's runner-up Pat Perez went out early and posted 6-under 66, dropping his only shot at the 18 hole. "A lot of my birdie putts today were from fairly short range, so with as gusty as it was, certainly happy with as many looks as I had".

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Rafa Cabrera Bello, of Spain, hits from the 13th tee during the second round of The Players Championship golf tournament Friday, May 12, 2017, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

Vijay Singh rolled back the years with a four under round on Friday to move within three of the lead on minus six. "I felt it was hard for me to generate momentum because I didn't feel putts were dropping".

Singh's position near the top of the leaderboard comes as a surprise considering he has missed nine out of his last 10 cuts.

Danny Willett withdrew after nine holes Friday due to a bad back. Two weeks ago, Poulter wasn't even in the field and no longer had full status until the PGA Tour realized it made a clerical error related to his return from a foot injury.

Through two rounds at TPC Sawgrass, Oosthuizen has been almost unflappable and he shares the lead with Kyle Stanley at nine under.

"I'm playing some of my best golf and I'm only 4-under par", Rahm said. As it was Jordan Spieth missing the cut for the third straight year. "It's obviously not 100 percent, but it's good enough to get myself around here for the next couple of days", he said.

"I haven't won in donkey's years (but) I think I still can compete out here, and as long as I think I can compete, I'll play here", said the Fiji-born victor of three major championships, who lives near the course and is a constant presence at the driving range. He has just one bogey through the first 36 holes.

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