The PGA Tour's unofficial fifth major kicked off yesterday morning. As Day 1 finished up, fans saw some familiar faces at the top of the leaderboard. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, two golfers who haven't fared well at TPC Sawgrass, went into the second round only a few strokes back.
Other known golfers like Zach Johnson, Webb Simpson and Hunter Mahan all played well and saw their scores among the top 10, but nobody was better than Roberto Castro, who shot nine-under and found himself in the top spot heading into today's round.
But while we know the golfers at the front, other lesser-known golfers are making a play to pull off a shocking victory at one of golf's biggest events of the year.
Charles Howell III
Howell has had a decent 2013 PGA Tour season. Although he has four top 10 finishes, he also missed two cuts as well, both coming in two of his last three tournaments.
Howell shot a one-under 71 yesterday and found himself near the projected cut line. He did more than play just to make the cut; he is currently finishing his second round, shooting four-under through 15 holes. If the score stands, Howell will find himself tied for 11th place, five shots behind Castro moving into the weekend.
Snedeker has improved his game tremendously over the past couple of years and now finds himself a threat to win every tournament he enters. Earlier in the season he finished in the top three in four out of the five tournaments he played in.
But after getting off to a hot start in January and February, Snedeker has cooled off quite a bit. He missed two cuts to begin his March, finished poorly on the final day of the Masters and came in 59th at the RBC Heritage. After shooting one-under in the first round of the Players Championship, he came into today needing to put together a good round.
He has done more than that; Snedeker finished his front nine on Day 2 at three-under, putting him in a tie for 11th with another nine holes to go. If he continues to play as well as he has, Snedeker could find himself closer to the leaders when his day is done.
This young gun has had a hard time making cuts this year, let alone winning trophies. In the 13 tournaments Chappell has entered, he has missed the cut in seven of them. However, when he does make the cut, he sure does make the most of it. Of the six cuts he's made, Chappell has finished in the top 10 three times.
Today Chappell will certainly make the cut. After marking four-under on his scorecard after his round yesterday, he came out of the clubhouse wanting to make a move, and make a move he did. He shot four-under through the first four holes, including an eagle on the par-five 11th hole.
Since then, Chappell continued his strong play, shooting five-under through 16 holes. If the score holds up, he will finish his second round tied for second, only one stroke behind leaders Castro and Lee Westwood, who shot an impressive six-under on Day 2.
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