There are two players tied at the top of The Players, Jerry Kelly and Kevin Na both had good rounds today, while some big names failed to make the cut.
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Kevin and Jerry hold a two shot lead at -8 under par for 36 holes at The Players at TPC Sawgrass in Florida.
Jerry with a magnificent -7 under par 65 against Kevin’s more modest -3 under par 69 to both get to -8 under par for the tournament.
Kevin has overcome a terrible bout of “The Yips” which at times prevented him from taking the club back;
“I had the yips, that’s what it was.”
“A lot of the guys when you have that, they fall off the planet.”
“They play poorly and nobody really sees and hears about it. But the weird case was, I was playing some of my best golf and I couldn’t take the club back.”
“How does a guy not take the club back every time he hits it, and it goes down the middle?”
“I don’t know. Do you want to open up my brain and check it out? I don’t know. I try to not think about it. I got over it.”
“Having the yips, I think because I went through that, I’m a better player now.”
“I hope people get over that and see me as just a guy that’s playing well on TOUR versus a guy that couldn’t take the club back.”
Bernhard Langer is a player who could not control the putting yips, which is why he uses the Long Putter. Not sure if Bernhard will retire from golf at the end of this year, when long putters will be banned. On the other side of the coin, Bernhard holds the record for the most birdies made at the treacherous 17th in The Players, some 25 of them in his career. Ironically he also holds the record for the longest putt holed at the 17th, 59 feet 9 inches. Sadly He missed the cut here this year.
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Jerry carded a -7 under par 65 second round, and reported that he lives on adrenaline;
“I enjoy adrenaline, I am 48. I know it almost ravages the body as much as it helps it as you start getting older, but I would like to hang out for another couple of days and have some fun with it.”
“I figured I would have another chance at this golf course, I didn’t think it would be that long, but it’s just strange. This whole career has gone by in the blink of an eye.”
There are four players tied in third place, two shots back at -6 under par for the tournament, Branden Grace, David Hearn, Chris Kirk and the ever-present Rickie Fowler.
Rickie could have had second place on his own, but a loose shot on the par 5 16th found water, leading to a bogey.
Rickie and Ian Poulter were tied in a magazine survey with 24 percent of the vote, for the most overrated player on tour. Rickie was not worried about the comments of his peers;
“If there’s a time where I need something to kind of give me a kick in the butt, then I can think of that and it will put me in the right frame of mind to go out there and take care of business.”
World number one Rory McIlroy stumbled a bit today, he too could have been better except for a trip to the water. He finished with a -1 under par 71 and a -4 under par total;
“A lot can happen, and I feel like I’m in a decent position.”
Tiger made the cut on the number, but Phil Mickleson, Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose, Jason Day, Lee Westwood and Luke Donald all had to go home early.
Phil was left wondering how he ever won here;
“I was thinking to myself as I was walking around, `I can’t believe I’ve actually won here,’ you know?”