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Play at Sawgrass halted amid wild second round


Chad Ramey became the only player to reach double digits under par at the Players Championsh­ip in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. TPC Sawgrass, as usual, had the final say.

Ramey put two tee shots in the water on the island-green 17th hole Friday for a quintuple bogey that cost him a three-shot lead on a day of wild swings and, eventually, wild weather.

The second round was suspended with half the field unable to finish the round because of a storm system expected to dump a half-inch of rain on the Players Stadium Course.

Christiaan Bezuidenho­ut of South Africa and Adam Svensson of Canada shared the lead at 8 under par, both doing what it takes to stay in front on this course. They didn’t make a bogey Friday — Bezuidenho­ut through 14 holes, Svensson through 11 holes — and they have only one for the week.

Ben Griffin was the clubhouse leader. The former mortgage loan officer, who already had one close call in Bermuda late last year, was playing an exquisite round until he took a double bogey on his final hole for a 1-under 71.

Griffin was at 6-under 138. Twotime major champion Collin Morikawa was 6 under through 11 holes, while Min Woo Lee was at 6 under with three holes left in his round.

“Kind of glad this rain delay and thunder came in and let the putter rest a little bit and hopefully come out hot tomorrow,” Morikawa said.

Players were to return at 7 a.m. Saturday to finish the second round. The third round is scheduled for threesomes off both tees and should be able to finish before sundown. That depends on the pace of play, and some of that depends on TPC Sawgrass.

Jon Rahm missed all of this. The world’s No. 1 player had a bad stomach bug and withdrew about 30 minutes before his tee time. That puts his ranking in jeopardy because Scottie Scheffler and Rory Mcilroy can overtake him.

The advantage goes to Scheffler, who looked shaky early and settled into his round. He birdied his last two holes of the day before the suspension — Nos. 9 and 10 — to get to 5 under. He has a 15-foot eagle putt on the 16th hole when play resumes.

Mcilroy, meanwhile, took a double bogey on the sixth hole and was at 6 over for the tournament. He had eight holes to try to shave off four strokes that probably will be needed to make the cut.

Rahm made every cut last year, and he last missed a cut on the PGA Tour at the Fortinet Championsh­ip in September 2021, right before the Ryder Cup.

The course handed out some brutal punishment­s in the second round.

Start with Max Mcgreevy, who was 20 shots worse than his opening round. He shot an 89, tying the wrong kind of course record as the highest score ever posted at TPC Sawgrass. The other player who shot 89 was Michael Campbell in the first round in 2003.

Viktor Hovland was 5 under for his round through 11 holes, even getting a break when his tee shot on the par-3 17th bounced off the wooden frame of the island and onto the green. But then he ran into trouble over his final seven holes and had to settle for a 71.

Hovland was at 4-under 140 along with Will Gordon (67) and the resurgent Jason Day (70), a former world No. 1 who is slowly working his way back. Day began the year at No. 112 in the world, and he could take a big step this week in assuring he stays in the top 50 the next two weeks to get into the Masters.

• DP WORLD TOUR: Nacho Elvira finished with two birdies and an eagle to take a one-shot lead into the weekend at the Kenya Open in Nairobi.

The Spaniard’s sparkling final three holes in the second round at Muthaiga Golf Club saw him move to 10 under and seize the lead from a trio of players who were in the clubhouse at 9 under.

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