May 132017

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, United States: South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen stretched his cuts-made streak to 15 with a bogey-free 66 here on Friday to grab a share of the lead after the second round of The Players Championship.

The 34-year-old from Mossel Bay reached nine-under 135 to tie Kyle Stanley (66) with a two-shot lead at the TPC Sawgrass.

American JB Holmes is alone in third after shooting a three-under 69.

Veteran Vijay Singh is also lurking near the top of the leaderboard. The 54-year-old Fijian-Indian is by himself in fourth after shooting a 69 to reach six-under 138, three shots adrift of the leaders.

David Hearn of Canada (69), Rafa Cabrera Bello of Spain (70), Patrick Cantlay (70), Ian Poulter of England and Alex Noren of Sweden (71) are tied for fifth at 139.

Six players — including Jon Rahm of Spain (72), former US Open champion Webb Simpson (69), Brendan Steele (71) and England’s Paul Casey (69) — are another stroke back at 140 and tied for 10th.

Defending champion Jason Day fashioned a 72 on Friday and is at 142 along with Phil Mickelson (70), Adam Scott of Australia (72), Henrik Stenson of Sweden (70) and first-round co-leaders William McGirt (75) and Mackenzie Hughes of Canada (75).

World No 1 Dustin Johnson followed up his first-round 71 with a 73 and stands at 144, nine strokes off the lead heading into the weekend.

Among the others at 144 are Masters champion Sergio Garcia of Spain (71), Justin Thomas (71) and Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy (71).

Singh’s position near the top of the leaderboard comes as a surprise considering he has missed nine out of his last 10 cuts.

Players who didn’t make the cut included world number five Jordan Spieth who finished at two-over 146.

American Jim Furyk, Marc Leishman of Australia, Bernhard Langer of Germany and Ernie Els of South Africa also failed to get into weekend play.

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