How it Happened: Garcia's 65 claims lead at Players

Tiger Woods plays a shot from the 11th tee during the second round of the Players Championship.

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2Keegan Bradley-6F-6
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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- How did Friday top the Thursday that was at the Players Championship?

We saw a course record tied with Roberto Castro's 9-under 63. World No. 2 Rory McIlroy began three shots back, while World No. 1 Tiger Woods started four back. Defending U.S. Open champ Webb Simpson and veteran Steve Stricker also started four back.

The names are huge, the play was spectacular and now TPC Sawgrass will try to challenge players as they jockey to stay inside the cut line.

Woods played alongside Matt Kuchar and Brandt Snedeker again, this time teeing off in the morning groups and shooting another 67 to stay in the mix.

But the low round of the day again yielded the leader, with Sergio Garcia shooting 65 to move to the top of the leaderboard.

5 Things: Sergio Garcia leads Players; Tiger Woods improves

Check back tomorrow as we keep you up to date on third-round developments – and scroll down to see how the second round unfolded.

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Update #28: 7:41 p.m. EDT

Brian Davis birdies the last to make the cut, while Nicholas Thompson ends with a bogey to head home as the two effectively trade places as play wraps up for the second round.

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Update #27: 7:16 p.m. EDT

David Lingmerth, chasing his best finish since losing a playoff at this year's Humana Challenge, bogeys the 18th after missing the green right and failing to get up and down. He'll start tomorrow at 8 under, three back of the lead.

Nicholas Thompson birdies the 16th and 17th to get back inside the cut line at even par as he head to the 18th.

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Update #26: 7:07 p.m. EDT

David Lingmerth birdies the island-green 17th with a pin-high tee shot to about 3 feet and a short putt, moving to 9 under and T-3. A birdie at the 18th could give Lingmerth the fifth 66 of the day, bettered only by leader Sergio Garcia's 65.

Lingmerth is tied with three others including Henrik Stenson, who moved to 9 under when he ended his day with an eagle at No. 9, his second eagle on TPC Sawgrass' front nine. Kevin Chappell and Lee Westwood also stand at 9 under.

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Update #25: 6:53 p.m. EDT

The power trio of Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott and Steve Stricker wraps up their round. McIlroy pars to remain 6 under with a 72 and Stricker pars to remain 6 under as well with a 71. Scott bogeys to drop to 7 under with a 68.

Near the cut line, John Senden birdies No. 7 to get to even par with two holes to play. Charlie Beljan and Brian Davis remain on the course at 1 over.

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Update #24: 6:39 p.m. EDT

Adam Scott makes a birdie putt on the island green of the 17th and moves to 8 under, three back of leader Sergio Garcia. He and David Lingmerth are the low men still on the course at T-6, Lingmerth having made three birdies on the back nine on a day that's got him 4 under and bogey free.

Back around the cut line, Russell Henley bogeyed the last to fall to 1 over and likely miss the cut, while Rickie Fowler parred his last hole to also finish at 1 over and on the outside looking in. Keegan Bradley fell to 3 over in his closing holes and Nicholas Thompson is 2 over through 15.

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Update #23: 6:31 p.m. EDT

At 4 under for the day and on the cut line at even par as he stood on the 18th tee, Billy Horschel had worked his way into weekend play – but he proceeded to hit two shots left and into the water, which seals the former Florida Gator's fate. His string of consecutive cuts made will end at 23.

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Update #22: 6:23 p.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy cards his fourth straight par and, through 16 holes, remains T-13 at 6 under.

Angel Cabrera and Louis Oosthuizen finish with pars to end their day at even par, inside the projected cut line.

Jim Furyk narrowly misses a putt that would have gotten him over the cut line, instead finishing with a 73 that puts him at 1 over.

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Update #21: 6:14 p.m. EDT

Billy Horschel makes a needed birdie at the par-5 16th to get inside the projected cut line at even par. He's not alone as a big name still on the course with his weekend plans hanging in the balance: Angel Cabrera, Brian Davis, Russell Henley, Louis Oosthuizen and John Senden are also on the even-par mark.

At 1 over and needing a birdie in their remaining holes to earn a Saturday tee time: Keegan Bradley, Rickie Fowler, Jim Furyk and Nicholas Thompson.

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Update #20: 6:06 p.m. EDT

Adam Scott moves to 7 under with a birdie at the 14th and follows with a par at the 15th. He had made seven straight pars yesterday on Nos. 13-18, so let's see if the reigning Masters champ can muster a better run today and close in on leader Sergio Garcia at 11 under.

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Update #19: 5:53 p.m. EDT

A bogey at No. 5 drops Zach Johnson to 8 under and T-5, ending a string of six straight pars.

Steve Stricker, on No. 14, cards a double bogey to 6 under and T-13.

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Update #18: 5:31 p.m. EDT

Let's reset the top of the leaderboard, with several big names on the back nine:

  • Sergio Garcia: 11 under after a 65
  • Tiger Woods: 10 under after a 67
  • Kevin Chappell: 9 under after a 66
  • Lee Westwood: 9 under after a 66
  • Zach Johnson: 9 under; 3 under today through 13

Some other notables still on the course:

  • Casey Wittenburg: 8 under; 3 under today through 17
  • Steve Stricker: 8 under; 3 under today through 13
  • Hunter Mahan: 7 under; 2 under today through 14
  • Rory McIlroy: 6 under; even today through 13

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Update #17: 5:23 p.m. EDT

Billy Horschel is working hard to extend his cuts-made streak, the longest such active one on Tour. Horschel's birdie at the par-3 No. 13 gives him four in his last eight holes as he looks to atone for a 76 yesterday; he's 1 over with five to play and the projected cut at even par.

Casey Wittenberg moves to 8 under with a birdie at No. 7, following with a par as he heads to his final hole of the day. At T-6, he's looking to improve on his season-best finish of T-15 at the Farmers Insurance Open.

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Update #16: 5:14 p.m. EDT

2012 Masters champ Bubba Watson birdies again, his third in a row coming at the 13th as he moves to 1 under for the week and gains a little security from the projected cut line of even par.

Rory McIlroy also birdies, over at the 12th, moving to 6 under. Adam Scott does the same, also moving to 6 under. Steve Stricker follows suit to move to 8 under.

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Update #15: 5:05 p.m. EDT

Bubba Watson puts on a "Bubba Golf" exhibition at the short par-4 12th, driving into the short reaches of a long greenside, front-right bunker. With plenty of green to work with, Bubba hits a long sand shot to the back of the green. From about 15 feet, he sinks putt for his second straight birdie, moving to even par and getting just inside the projected cut line.

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Update #14: 4:51 p.m. EDT

Scott Stallings, who opened his tournament with five straight birdies but settled for 71 yesterday, falls back to even par with a bogey at No. 4. With five holes to play, he's just inside the projected cut line at even par, as is playing partner Justin Leonard.

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Update #13: 4:37 p.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy, after a 2-over-par front nine, nearly holes out from the fairway on the par-4 10th – the ball literally standing on the lip after spinning back to the cup. He'll tap in for birdie to get back to 5 under for the tournament.

Hunter Mahan moves to 7 under for the tournament with a birdie at No. 11.

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Update #12: 4:23 p.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy finds trouble again, this time after driving it in the fairway at the par-5 9th. His second shot strays well left and into a bunker well short, followed by a third shot that lands in the sand greenside. From there, he wedges to about 20 feet long and right and two-putts for bogey.

Things also go from bad to worse for first-round leader Roberto Castro after a bogey at the 11th and double bogey at the 12th. He's now 3 under – 6 over today with six holes to play.

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Update #11: 4:11 p.m. EDT

Rickie Fowler birdies the 9th to get to 1 under today – and perhaps more importantly, inside the projected cut line at even par. Also still on the course at that mark: Charlie Beljan, Branden Grace, Louis Oosthuizen, John Senden and Cameron Tringale.

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Update #10: 3:56 p.m. EDT

Zach Johnson moves to 9 under with a birdie at the par-5 No. 16, pitching his third shot to about a foot and making the putt. He's T-3 with Kevin Chappell and Lee Westwood, both of whom shot 66 this morning.

Rory McIlroy is moving the other direction with back-to-back bogeys at Nos. 7-8 to drop to 5 under. He's 1 over through eight holes today.

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Update #9: 3:43 p.m. EDT

David Toms cards his fourth birdie of the day at No. 18 just before he makes the turn. He's 3 under for the day, but at 4 over for the week he'll need an even stronger back nine to make the cut – with the projected line at even par.

That cut line also would eliminate Phil Mickelson, who settled at 1 over after a 73 this morning, and Vijay Singh, who shot 74-71 after announcing he is suing the PGA Tour.

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Update #8: 3:27 p.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy hits a nice recovery shot from a fairway bunker at the 7th and gets down in two for par to remain 7 under. Zach Johnson pars again as well and is 8 under through six holes.

Kevin Streelman birdies No. 17 to get to 3 under through eight holes today, 6 under for the tournament.

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Update #7: 3:11 p.m. EDT

Kyle Stanley is 5 under today through seven holes, with birdies at Nos. 1-3 and Nos. 6-7. The big start is the best among the afternoon groups and gets Stanley, who finished third at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans two weeks ago, is 2 under for the week.

Roberto Castro steadies himself with a par at No. 9 to remain 6 under for the week, 3 over for the day.

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Update #6: 3:03 p.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy gives himself a fair chance at birdie on the 5th hole, hitting his approach at the 471-yard par 4 to inside 20 feet. The putt drifts right of the cup and he taps in for par.

Playing partner Adam Scott nearly holes out a chip from well off the green, as the ball carries over a lower tier then rolls to the cup and lips out. His tap-in for par keeps him even for the day, 3 under for the week.

The other member of the threesome, Steve Stricker, is not as fortunate. He had been 2 under for the day but cards his first bogey after two chips and bogeys to give a shot back, dropping to 6 under for the tournament.

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Update #5: 2:58 p.m. EDT

First-round leader Roberto Castro is sliding with a bogey at the 8th, his fourth in five holes. Castro is 6 under for the week and has dropped to T-10 with six others.

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Update #4: 2:52 p.m. EDT

Zach Johnson adds his second birdie of the day on No. 12 to move to 8 under through three holes. Johnson, who started the day T-2, is T-5 with Ryan Palmer.

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Update #3: 2:20 p.m. EDT

And here comes Rory McIlroy, as he gets up-and-down from the rough at the par-5 2nd hole to secure his first birdie of the day to move to 7 under, four off the lead.

Steve Stricker also birdies No. 2 to move to 6 under.

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Update #2: 2:03 p.m. EDT

Phil Mickelson won't be sticking around for the weekend in Ponte Vedra, currently sitting T-88 at 1 over. The current cut line is projected at 1 under. Ian Poulter, Nick Watney and Justin Rose will also head home after finishing the first two rounds at 2 over.

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Update #1: 1:55 p.m. EDT

Dustin Johnson has exited stage left, withdrawing from the Players with a lower back injury. Johnson shot a 2-over 74 in the first round.

Meanwhile, overnight leader Roberto Castro remains at 9 under after a birdie at No. 2 and a bogey at No. 4.

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Hole #9: Par 5, 583 yards

That's two consecutive holes where Tiger had a good look at mid-range birdies, but couldn't capitalize. He'll need to finish with a birdie here to try and get closer to Sergio Garcia.

Off the tee: Tiger chooses driver and sends it left and into the gallery.

Second shot: Tiger has a nasty lie in the rough and just lays up to the middle of the fairway.

Approach shot: From 140 yards, Tiger finds the green and will have 20 feet for a birdie.

On the green: A big 20-footer here, burying it to move to 10 under and is one off the lead.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 5 under (thru 18; 10 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Sergio Garcia misses a 13-footer for birdie on No. 18 and cards a 7-under 65, his best round at Sawgrass in his career. He is at 11 under, two clear of the field at the moment.

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Hole #8: Par 3, 219 yards

Sergio Garcia has extended his lead to two shots, picking up birdie on No. 8 ahead of Tiger's group to move to 11 under. He is two clear of Tiger, Lee Westwood, Kevin Chappell and Roberto Castro.

Off the tee: Solid tee ball here from Tiger, using 3-iron and leaving himself 25 feet for birdie. Well done on this beast of a par 3.

On the green: From just under 35 feet, Tiger leaves it about 18 inches right of the hole and he settles for a par. He is still two back of Sergio Garcia.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 under (thru 17; 9 under for tournament)

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Hole #7: Par 4, 442 yards

That will be another one that Tiger will want back, as it looked like that birdie putt was going to drop. He remains tied for the lead at 10 under.

Off the tee: For the first time, Tiger's fairway metal let's him down, hitting a bunker on the right. Will be tough to get to the green.

Approach shots: Tiger has to simply pitch out of the bunker, advancing it only 60 yards or so. From 120 yards with his third, he puts it about 10 feet right of the flag to try and save par.

On the green: Tiger's par attempt cuts under the hole and he picks up his second bogey of the round. He now trails by a shot.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 under (thru 16; 9 under for tournament)

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Hole #6: Par 4, 393 yards

Tiger now shares the lead with Sergio Garcia, who just carded his fifth consecutive birdie to move to 10 under as well.

Off the tee: With iron in hand, Tiger rips one up the throat of the fairway.

Approach shot: From just over 150 yards, Tiger gets it to about 18 feet under the hole. Solid shot.

On the green: This putt looked like it was going to drop, but stays out on the left and he settles for a par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 5 under (thru 15; 10 under for tournament)

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Hole #5: Par 4, 466 yards

Tiger is taking advantage of his superior skills with fairway metal, leaving himself in the fairway on the bulk of holes. He now holds a one-shot lead over Lee Westwood, Kevin Chappell and Roberto Castro.

Off the tee: Tiger takes driver and finds the left rough, as it just doesn't cut back enough. He didn't want to flirt with the water on the right.

Approach shot: Tiger takes 6-iron and it comes out a bit soft, hitting the front of the green, but will have more than 70 feet for birdie.

On the green: Tiger hits a nice lag putt to about 4 feet right of the cup. He brushes that in and keeps his one-shot lead.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 5 under (thru 14; 10 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Sergio Garcia picks up his fourth consecutive birdie, the latest on No. 5 to move to 9 under.

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Hole #4: Par 4, 384 yards

Tiger knew he could have had that one at No. 3, but stays in a four-way tie for the lead after Kevin Chappell ends his round with a birdie to get into the clubhouse at 9 under.

Off the tee: Fairway metal here and another fairway split. Tiger is in a zone right now with those fairway metals.

Approach shot: Tiger is staring at the lead after a fantastic second shot, hitting a slope right of the flag and funneling to about 4 feet right of the hole.

On the green: Facing a delicate left-to-right putt, Tiger puts it in the hole and he takes the lead at 10 under.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 5 under (thru 13; 10 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: With birdies at Nos. 2-4, Sergio Garcia has climbed to 8 under, one shot off the lead. Webb Simpson is alone in sixth place at 7 under.

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Hole #3: Par 3, 171 yards

Going from a tee ball that he released the club on to an eagle is a momentum shift for Tiger, who now sits in a three-way tie for the lead at 9 under with Lee Westwood and Roberto Castro.

Off the tee: Tiger hits a safe tee ball here, leaving it about 20 feet right of the front-left pin.

On the green: Tiger leaves his birdie attempt about 2 feet short and settles for a par. He found the line, but didn't hit it hard enough.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 under (thru 12; 9 under for tournament)

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Hole #2: Par 5, 532 yards

Tiger is getting a lot of putts close today, but not many are falling from distance. Yet, he is only two shots behind leaders Lee Westwood and Roberto Castro.

Off the tee: Tiger lets go of the club after impact, but it kicks right into the fairway. Another nice bounce for Tiger after he thought that ball was headed into the woods.

Second shot: Tiger hits a beautiful shot to about pin-high and will have 20 feet for an eagle.

On the green: And just like that, Tiger Woods is tied for the lead, putting his eagle putt in the heart of the cup.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 under (thru 11; 9 under for tournament)

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Hole #1: Par 4, 421 yards

A solid first nine holes for Tiger, picking up three birdies and a bogey. He'll have a pair of birdie holes at the outset of his last nine holes (Nos. 1-9).

Off the tee: Fairway metal, a bullet and the middle of the fairway. Solid start to his final nine holes of the day.

Approach shot: From just under 150 yards, Tiger takes wedge and doesn't like it. He finds the green, but will have 30 feet from the right of the flag.

On the green: Tiger hits a solid birdie putt that stays about 9 inches left of the cup and he taps in for a par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (thru 10; 7 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: With a birdie at No. 2, Lee Westwood has joined Roberto Castro in the lead at 9 under. Westwood is 6 under on his round and 9 under over his last 15 holes.

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Hole #18: Par 4, 447 yards

That was a birdie chance that Tiger will want back, as you don't get many chances for a 2 on No. 17. Tiger needs to keep this tee ball on 18 in the fairway.

Off the tee: Fairway metal and he decides to cut it over the water on the left, finding the fairway on the left side. Beautiful tee ball there.

Approach shot: A green in regulation here, as it hits just past the hole and runs out to about 25 feet.

On the green: His birdie attempt is never high enough and makes a 2-footer for par to make the turn with a 2-under 34.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (thru 9; 7 under for tournament)

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Hole #17: Par 3, 137 yards

Tiger is back within two of the lead, alone in fourth and heads to the famous island-green 17th, a hole that took a spectacular two-putt on Thursday for a par.

Off the tee: A solid tee ball here that settles about 20 feet under the hole.

On the green: Tiger doesn't play enough break to the left on his birdie attempt and he picks up an easy par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (thru 8; 7 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Ryan Palmer joins Kevin Chappell and Lee Westwood at 8 under behind eagles at both the par-5 9th and par-5 11th. He had bogeys on Nos. 7-8.

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Hole #16: Par 5, 507 yards

Even though he was 40 feet out, Tiger had a chance with that birdie putt, so he was a bit upset by not draining it. He remains three shots back of Roberto Castro. Needs to take advantage of this downwind par-5.

Off the tee: Driver and it is a huge one, as it bounds past Brandt Snedeker's ball and finds the right side of the fairway. Definite go-time with his second.

Second shot: This ball has eyes for the flag, landing about 6 feet past and running out to about 20 feet for eagle.

On the green: His eagle attempt stays right, but leads to a tap-in birdie that moves him back to within two of the lead.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (thru 7; 7 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Lee Westwood has moved to within a shot of the lead with a birdie at No. 18, moving to 5 under on the day and 8 under for the tournament. Westwood is 8 under over his last 13 holes at Sawgrass.

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Hole #15: Par 4, 449 yards

Tiger falls back to T-3 with five other players, including K.J. Choi, who is 3 under on his round thus far today.

Off the tee: Big fairway metal here, taking it from left to right and finding the center of the fairway. Good response to that bogey.

Approach shot: From just over 160 yards, Tiger finds the green, but is 40 feet right of the flag. Poor swing there.

On the green: A nice first putt barely misses to the right of the hole and he taps in for a par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (thru 6; 6 under for tournament)

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Hole #14: Par 4, 467 yards

Tiger is now T-2 at 7 under with Lee Westwood and Kevin Chappell, all three still two shots back of Roberto Castro, who tees off this afternoon.

Off the tee: Tiger takes driver here and sends it right, but it gets a favorable kick off a pair of mounds and he is in the short rough. Nice bounce there.

Approach shot: Tiger comes across himself a bit and yanks it to the left, but gets a great bounce out of trees, finding the rough between two bunkers. Great bounce.

Around the green: Tiger's chip finds the right line, but isn't hit firm enough and will have 15 feet to save par.

On the green: Tiger catches a piece of the hole, but it won't drop and he drops his first shot of the day.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (thru 5; 6 under for tournament)

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Hole #13: Par 3, 181 yards

The course is allowing for low scores right now, so two birdies on par-4s are huge for Tiger. Should be able to attack this flag as well.

Off the tee: A nice tee ball that finds the slope on the right and funnels to about 12 feet above the hole.

On the green: Tiger doesn't start this birdie putt high enough and settles for a par. Wasn't happy with that miss, he looked very confident over the putt.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (thru 4; 7 under for tournament)

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Hole #12: Par 4, 358 yards

That's the first non-birdie for Tiger on a par-5 this week, paying the price for going after it from the pine straw.

Off the tee: Tiger takes fairway metal and finds the fairway, but doesn't like it, as it carried a bit too far.

Approach shot: From 85 yards, Tiger hits a nice second shot to about 4 feet under the hole.

On the green: Again takes his time reading the putt, and he finds the cup with his birdie attempt to move within two of the lead.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under (thru 3; 7 under for tournament)

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Hole #11: Par 5, 535 yards

Tiger birdied Nos. 9-12 yesterday, and that birdie at No. 10 is a nice way to get the day started. Tiger birdied all four par-5s on Thursday, a round that featured only one bogey -- on his final hole.

Off the tee: Tiger pulls driver and pushes it into the gallery on the right, even requires a "fore!"

Second shot: Tiger takes 5-wood from the pine straw and barely gets over the water, but does find rough and will have a tricky chip for his third.

Third shot: Tiger chunks his flop-shot attempt and is in the bunker.

Fourth shot: Tiger hits a nice bunker shot to about 3 feet under the hole.

On the green: Tiger takes his time reading the putt and puts it in the center of the cup to salvage par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (thru 2; 6 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Lee Westwood had 14 straight pars to start his round on Thursday, only to finish with three birdies in his last four holes. On Friday, Westwood has started par-eagle-birdie-birdie (on Nos. 10-13) to move to 7 under. Meanwhile, Kevin Chappell picks up another birdie -- this one on the 7th -- to move to 8 under. He is 5 under on his round.

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Hole #10: Par 4, 424 yards

Tiger is in all black today, with a little white stripe on his shirt. Temperatures could climb into the mid-80s today according to forecasts.

Off the tee: Tiger takes 3-wood and just pounds it down the middle. A very early twirl there too.

Approach shot: Tiger takes wedge and sticks it to about 10 feet under the hole.

On the green: Tiger drains the putt from just over 10 feet and he moves to within three of the lead and is tied for third. That's two birdies in two days for Tiger at No. 10.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under (thru 1 hole; 6 under for tournament)

Elsewhere on the course: Kevin Chappell is 4 under through his first five holes to jump into second place at 7 under.

• • •

Thursday coverage

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Rude: Tiger Woods moves into unusually good standing at Players

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5 Things: Zach Johnson lurks, Scott Stallings wavers at Players

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Mahan finds his path, fires a 5-under 67 at Players

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Scott, McIlroy, Stricker as good as advertised at Players

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Castro takes cue from Kuchar, ties course record at Sawgrass

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• • •

Pre-tournament coverage

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