Oosthuizen, Stanley share lead at Players Championship

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"It was sad I three-putted the last hole", said Singh, who has made more than 200 feet of putts in two days and ranks 16th in strokes gained: putting through 36 holes. "I've been working on my putting stroke and it's been getting better, and the speeds of these greens have suited me, and my feel has been good on them".

"I've always been confident with myself", Garcia said. Although THE PLAYERS Stadium Course traditionally plays no favorites and has thus been a hard place to predict the victor, this week's doings have been even weirder than usual.

"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. "But that being said, there's a lot of golf left". It was four years ago this week that Singh sued the PGA Tour, claiming it exposed him to "public humiliation and ridicule" during a 12-week investigation into his use of deer antler spray.

Stanley notched his lone PGA Tour victory in Phoenix in 2012. The 2015 Masters and US Open champion missed the cut for a third year in a row after adding a 75 to the 72 he scored on Thursday, ending on four over par. And for the third consecutive day, he birdied the island-green 17th hole, hitting a wedge tee shot that flew right over the pin, spun back and stopped next to the cup. He snapped his fingers; the spectators laughed. I want to walk through that door.

Mickelson's unpredictability is the stuff of legend, so he has fit right in this week. No need telling that to Zac Blair, who put three tee shots into the water and made a 9. The 2007 THE PLAYERS champ was back!


Oosthuizen began with a share of the lead but bogeyed two of his first six holes and never got quite on track en route to a 1-over 73.

"One of the toughest things was I had a late tee-off time and it was taking five hours to play, and I know [my wife] Katie and the kids were driving up late in the afternoon [from Orlando]", he said. "It's something I like to do, I just let it go a little too much".

At least he had company: There were 29 balls in the water on 17 Friday, the most in a second round since 2003.

So many others wish they could have done the same.

Louis Oosthuizen saved par on the 18th for a 73 and was one shot behind. "It does help to win a major and to win the Masters the way I did it, but I don't feel like I'm that different a player - maybe a little bit more confidence here and there, but that's about it". Just 12 of 43 second-round leaders/co-leaders have gone on to win the tournament. If he can replicate that demeanor he should have a chance to win.


Holmes, who shot 70 on Saturday, and Stanley, who shot 72, are both 9-under.

One problem for Dustin Johnson (E), Rory McIlroy (E), Justin Rose (+1) and Rickie Fowler (E)? He's also at even par.

Stanley got his trouble out of the way early with three bogeys in four holes, and then was bogey-free the rest of the way.

That he did, on every hole in which he missed a fairway except the 14th. We've been over the years great finishes around this golf course and terrible finishes.

"I'm not that pleased with even par after the amount of birdies I made, but I've hit a lot of really, really good shots", Thomas said. So, unfortunately, I made double there. "I didn't take them but I am in a great position".


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