Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Simpson ties course record for Players lead, Woods scrapes in

Simpson ties course record for Players lead, Woods scrapes in

Granted, Simpson was hardly the only player to feast on benign scoring conditions through the first two rounds, as calm winds and soft greens have turned the PGA Tour's marquee event into some derivative of the John Deere Classic. "We have to figure out a way to put it together, and I have not done that consistently this year so far". "I just rode the momentum", Simpson said after posting a 15-under 129 halfway total. I just can't physically do it. Gay finished his round in 77th at 1 over; Webb Simpson is in 1st at 15 under; Patrick Cantlay, Charl Schwartzel, and Danny Lee are tied for 2nd at 10 under; and Chesson Hadley, Alex Noren, and Charles Howell III are tied for 5th at 9 under.

Meanwhile, Day fired a bogey-free 67 to be the leading Australian at eight-under. Feel like I'm putting well. "I didn't have much of what I wanted".

"With these greens as soft as they are, I didn't take advantage of the opportunities I had today to really shoot a good number". In short, he is playing at his best and close to getting into the PGA Tour.

The former world No. 1 also acknowledged that when he had his problems with chipping past year, prior to his back surgery, Mickelson reached out to him. Thomas is tied for 86th after one round of play, shooting a 1-over par 73 in the first round.

Woods is now T-68 at this week's Players Championship having only just made the cut mark on -1.

Fowler was done in by consecutive doubles that started with an errant and unlucky tee shot at the par-4 sixth. His win in the Wells Fargo Championship last weekend came with a final-round 69 in which he hit the ball poorly but continually scrambled out of trouble.

Mickelson has said of his 2007 victory, "I can't believe I won here".

Day's two wins in the early part of the season show that he is back on track after a winless 2017, and he will be close to the favourite this week at a course where he won this tournament in 2016.

Simpson was on such a roll, making birdie on every hole from the 11th through the 16th, that his playing companions, Jhonattan Vegas and Tyrrell Hatton, just laughed. "I didn't hit it the way I wanted to, so it is my fault at the end of the day". "I just can't get one single break today". The whole day I hit a lot of quality shots and 65 was probably as high as I could have shot, which was kind of nice.

But he pulled a driving iron off the tee at the 10th into sand and dropped another shot, although he got it back when he drove the green at the 12th only to block his tee shot to the right of the 13th green and card his fourth bogey of the day. With six top-ten finishes in his last five events, he set himself up well for 2018, and he's living up to those expectations right now.

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