Martin Kaymer and Jordan Spieth are running away with the Players Championship. Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott barely made the cut. Half of the country forgot this tournament was taking place because of the NFL draft.
Suffice to say, it's been a bit of a bizarre tournament thus far. The weekend should be a lot of fun.
And of course, you won't want to miss any of it. Fear not, for below you'll find everything you need to make sure you don't miss a putt or chip.
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Saturday Tee Times (ET)
7:55 a.m.: Chris Kirk, Ernie Els
8:05 a.m.: Rory McIlroy, Scott Stallings
8:15 a.m.: K.J. Choi, Ryan Moore
8:25 a.m.: Rory Sabbatini, Stuart Appleby
8:35 a.m.: Ryan Palmer, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
8:45 a.m.: John Rollins, Russell Knox
8:55 a.m.: Brandt Snedeker, Adam Scott
9:05 a.m.: Steven Bowditch, Seung-Yul Noh
9:15 a.m.: J.J. Henry, Angel Cabrera
9:25 a.m.: Jason Dufner, Charley Hoffman
9:35 a.m.: Brian Stuard, Chris Stroud
9:45 a.m.: Brendon de Jonge, Jeff Maggert
9:55 a.m.: John Merrick, Scott Langley
10:05 a.m.: Ian Poulter, Jimmy Walker
10:15 a.m.: Jonas Blixt, Rickie Fowler
10:25 a.m.: John Peterson, Justin Hicks
10:35 a.m.: Retief Goosen, Brendan Steele
10:45 a.m.: Billy Horschel, Dustin Johnson
10:55 a.m.: Marc Leishman, Luke Donald
11:05 a.m.: Francesco Molinari, Erik Compton
11:15 a.m.: Kyle Stanley, Matt Kuchar
11:25 a.m.: Richard H. Lee, Charlie Beljan
11:35 a.m.: Jeff Overton, Daniel Summerhays
11:45 a.m.: Bo Van Pelt, Morgan Hoffmann
11:55 a.m.: David Hearn, Martin Flores
12:05 p.m.: Steve Stricker, Bubba Watson
12:15 p.m.: John Huh, Henrik Stenson
12:25 p.m.: Pat Perez, Justin Leonard
12:35 p.m.: Jamie Donaldson, Hideki Matsuyama
12:45 p.m.: Graeme McDowell, Stewart Cink
12:55 p.m.: Joost Luiten, Zach Johnson
1:06 p.m.: Freddie Jacobson, Kevin Chappell
1:17 p.m.: Charl Schwartzel, Scott Brown
1:28 p.m.: Matt Jones, Kevin Na
1:39 p.m.: George McNeill, Geoff Ogilvy
1:50 p.m.: Bill Haas, Sang-Moon Bae
2:01 p.m.: Brian Davis, John Senden
2:12 p.m.: Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia
2:23 p.m.: Lee Westwood, Gary Woodland
2:34 p.m.: Russell Henley, Jim Furyk
2:45 p.m.: Martin Kaymer, Jordan Spieth
While Kaymer and Spieth pulled away from the pack, the story of the day was McIlroy and Scott each needing the final hole to make the cut, while Phil Mickelson won't be around for the weekend. McIlroy's battle to make the cut was particularly compelling, per Ewan Murray of The Guardian:
McIlroy had started day two at two under par—he had been three shots better off after 11 holes of round one—and with aspirations of challenging the leaders. Instead, he reached the turn in 42 strokes and sat at plus four.
There was a wonderful recovery from there on, with McIlroy playing the back nine in 10 shots fewer than the front. That was to his credit; in years gone by, he would not have displayed the stomach for such a battle. McIlroy holed out from 12 feet on the 18th to secure his place in the weekend field by a stroke.
"I'm really proud of myself that I was able to do that," McIlroy said. "It's not the position I want to be in, battling back to make the cut, but at least I'm in for the weekend. At least there's good golf in there somewhere, and hopefully I can continue that into the weekend, what I showed on the back nine there today."
McIlroy found himself in a similar position at the Masters. It's probably not where he would have wanted to be in such big tournaments, but at least he pulled himself together on Friday. Hopefully that will bode well for him going into the weekend.
Ditto for Scott, who recovered well to shoot a 67 on Friday and at least keep a No. 1 ranking in the realm of possibility.
Kaymer couldn't maintain his blistering pace from Thursday, when he shot a blistering 63, but his 69 was enough to keep him a stroke ahead of Spieth, who has been extremely consistent thus far, shooting a 67 on Thursday and a 66 on Friday.
As Justin Ray notes, he played essentially error-free early on in this tournament:
Is there any doubt left this man will be a star?
At the moment, only Russell Henley seems within striking distance of Kaymer and Spieth, currently at eight-under. But his 71 on Friday won't inspire much confidence that he can challenge the leaders.
There are some interesting players lurking at six-under that could make a push this weekend, however, including Jim Furyk, Lee Westwood, Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia. That's quite a group of players within striking range, which should make this weekend very interesting.
Well, if you can pull yourself away from the NFL draft, that is.
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