May 13th, 2017
Fleetwood and Poulter soar up Players leaderboard
Plus Vijay in the frame at 54!!
Words: Tim Southwell Photography: Getty Images
Louis Oosthuizen and Kyle Stanley shot six-under-par 66s to take a share of the lead after round two of the Players Championship at Sawgrass.
England's Ian Poulter and Tommy Fleetwood both shot -5 rounds of 67 to get into contention, Poulter at five under and Fleetwood at -3. It's all to play for on moving day. Why do they call it that? No one actually moves any differently from any other day. It's not like they all start vogueing or break dancing or anything. What a load of nonsense.
Anyway the big news is Vijay is in the hunt! The three-time major winner, 54, is fourth on six under. It would have been even better but a bogey on 18 checked his progress. Vijay would surpass previous oldest PGA Tour winner Sam Snead, who was 52 when he won the 1965 Greater Greensboro Open. It would also be his first victory since 2008, nine years ago. Go, Vijay!
Poulter had four birdies and a bogey with an eagle on the 16th. Paul Casey is sandwiched between Poulter and Fleetwood at -4.
"I was really happy with that," Casey told Sky Sports after shooting 69.
What he really said... "But I need more numbers in the 60s to catch guys like Louis at the top. Nothing really fazes him and there's a lot of depth behind too."
Rory McIlroy, who complained of back problems afterwards (please, tell us you're not entering a Tiger-style demise...), shot a disappointing 71 that included two birdies and one bogey. He is level par for the tournament.