Spain's Garcia, the 2008 Players victor, and Argentina's Emiliano Grillo each fired five-under par 67s at the TPC Sawgrass course to leap up the leaderboard even as Holmes and Stanley clung to the lead of the US PGA Tour event at nine-under 207. (AP) - Louis Oosthuizen and Kyle Stanley each posted a 6-under 66 to share the lead at The Players Championship and made it more hard for the top two players in the world to catch them.
T1. Kyle Stanley (-9): There were three bogeys in Stanley's first four holes, but once he settled into a groove the rest was methodical as he moved through his third round to maintain pace for one of the best performances of his career.
Vijay Singh, the 54-year-old Fijian, quickly got within one shot of the lead until it all fell apart.
The last time Oosthuizen missed a cut on the PGA Tour was the 2016 Open Championship, a run of 15 straight made cuts. His tee shot went so far to the right that it went into the water - on the 12th hole. Stanley is making his fourth start, where has made three of four cuts. I think it was just - it was more just giving myself that little bit more confidence of that I'm stroking it well and saw the line flawless and the speed ideal. He was even on the front nine and managed three birdies with one bogey on the back nine.
Despite only hitting six of 14 fairways in the second round, Stanley hit 14 of 18 greens in round two.
A dropped shot there could have blemished a gritty round, but a birdie at 17 left Holmes on nine under for the tournament.
"I think everyone that's won one, you want to try and win a second, and if you won two, you probably want to try and win a third", he said. (AP) - As conditions toughened, Louis Oosthuizen and Kyle Stanley played even better.
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"Yeah, we're in a pretty good spot going into this weekend, but a lot of golf to be played around this golf course".
World No.11 Scott, the 2004 Players victor, finished six back of the lead at three under in a share of 13th place, while countryman and defending champion Jason Day let a hot start slip away.
McIlroy, who will have an MRI scan on Monday after suffering a recurrence of the back problem which ruled him out for seven weeks earlier this season, could not find any consistency during his round. Johnson shot 40 on the back nine for a 74 and was 11 shots out. "He'll tell you", Cabrera Bello told reporters, observing that he played well for most of the day but struggled to convert his good shots into birdies until near the end.
He turned pro after the U.S. Open - he was exempt as the No. 1 amateur in the world - and then made enough money to earn a PGA Tour card in just four starts, highlighted by a tie for third in his pro debut at the Quicken Loans National and a runner-up finish in the RBC Canadian Open.
McIlroy, the No. 2-ranked player, who has a recent history of playing well at the TPC Stadium Course? He followed that with a birdie on the 17th, and then holed a long par putt from just off the 18th green.
The leaderboard has 15 players tied for 10th or higher, and 20 are within six shots of Oosthuizen and Stanley.
Defending champion Jason Day had two double bogeys in his round of 73 and was eight shots behind, still hopeful of becoming the first back-to-back victor of this championship.