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2019 Players Championship Leaderboard: Rory McIlroy Leads Co-Leads After 36 Holes



There may not be enough Toptracer software available for the weekend. Rory McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood – both ball-striking phenomena – were co-lead in the 2019 Players Championship after 36 holes, both falling 12:32 for TPC Sawgrass in the first two days, and 65-67 for Fleetwood. For McIlroy, the opposite was the case, 67-65.

Add them all on Friday night, and you get what should be a slugfest at the weekend from two of the best athletes. Take a look at the 36-hole leaderboard from TPC Sawgrass.

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. Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood (-12): How to follow a 65 on Thursday? If you are Fleetwood, go with a 3-3-2 start to Friday. Fleetwood dropped 33 and came home 34 with a birdie at the kinky 18. Now he is at the top where he was after 36 holes last week. He sounded relaxed and ready to improve on the '76 he had made in Round 3 in Bay Hill.

"For us, when we grow up in Europe and play in Europe, this is a different style of golf," Fleewood told Golf Channel. "It takes some getting used to, definitely stretching your game out, I've enjoyed it out here since I came here, I enjoy going to work when I'm here."

McIlroy closed like Fleetwood with a 3-2 end to the day that could possibly lead him to his first title since last year's Arnold Palmer Invitational. After opening the day with a bogey, he played the next 17 holes in 8 and may not have missed a shot. Here is a look at the first five of the blows that were taken from the tee to green.

  1. Rory McIlroy: 9.5
  2. Tommy Fleetwood: 7.9
  3. Keith Mitchell: 6.9
  4. Ben An: 6.3
  5. Matt Kuchar: 6.1

That's obscene.

T3. Jim Furyk, Brian Harman, Ian Poulter, Abraham Ancer (-9): I did not see Furyk join The Players this week. He has a good history here, I suppose, but the man is 49 years old in May and has not had a top 10 finish in this tournament since finishing second behind Martin Kaymer in 2014. Heck, he has not broken even 70 since the last round of this year (11 laps total). Then he drops a 64 on Friday? Golf, baby, the best.

T7. Jason Day, Kevin Kisner, Keith Mitchell (-8): Day made eight (!) Birdies on the way to his 66th on Friday. All just a week after retiring from the Arnold Palmer Invitational and spending a few days then injections for his back, which he talked about earlier this week. "I've never had injections before, so we did four injections in and around the spine, and that obviously relieved the pain," Day said. It definitely helped as the champion scored 12 birdies in the week of 2016, which is second only to Ancer in the total birdie of the week.

T10. Rory Sabbatini, Jon Rahm, Dustin Johnson, Ben An, J.T. Poston, Luke List, Vaughn Taylor (-7): McIlroy was not the only one on Friday who galloped at the end of the day. D.J. played the last three holes in 3, and another star in cream came with no. 18 to a bogey. Either one of these men has the firepower to double-digit on Saturday morning and defeat McIlroy and Fleetwood.

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