Chicago Sun-Times

McIlroy, Fleetwood out front; Tiger all wet


Rory McIlroy finished eagle-birdie-par down the famed closing stretch at the TPC Sawgrass for a 7-under 65 to tie Tommy Fleetwood for the lead going into the weekend at The Players Championsh­ip in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Fleetwood shot a 67 and was the first to reach 12-under 144.

Jim Furyk shot a 64 and was three behind, along with Ian Poulter, Abraham Ancer and Brian Harman. Tiger Woods hit two balls in the water on the island-green 17th hole, leading to a quadruple bogey that left him at 71, nine back.

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