The PLAYERS Notes: Adam Svensson Leads After 36 holes, Scottie Scheffler One back

Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida —————————March 9-12, 2023

TPC Sawgrass (THE PLAYERS Stadium) Par/Yards: 36-36—72/7,275

Purse: $25 million ($4.5 million winner)

Second-Round Notes – Saturday, March 11, 2023

Friday weather: Mostly cloudy. High of 81. Wind SSW 12-22 mph.

Saturday morning weather: Sunny. High of 70. Wind N 6-12 mph.

Suspension summary: The second round was suspended for the day due to inclement weather at 4:27 p.m. ET Friday with 71 players remaining on the golf course.

The second round resumed at 7:01 a.m. ET

Saturday and was completed at 10:16 a.m. ET.

The third round began at 10:30 a.m. ET in threesomes off Nos. 1 and 10.

36-hole cut: 75 players at 2-over 146 from a field of 144 professionals.

Second-Round Leaderboard :
Adam Svensson 68-67—135 (-9)
Scottie Scheffler 68-69—137 (-7)
Ben Griffin 67-71—138 (-6)
Min Woo Lee 68-70—138 (-6)
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 68-70—138 (-6)
Collin Morikawa 65-73—138 (-6)

Things to Know
• In his tournament debut, Adam Svensson posts a 67 in round two to take his first career 36-hole lead/co-lead
• World No. 2 Scottie Scheffler sits inside the top 10 after 36 holes for the fifth time in six starts in 2023
• Three players in the top 15 of the Official World Golf Ranking are T9 or better: Scottie Scheffler (No. 2/2nd), Collin
Morikawa (No. 10/T3), and Viktor Hovland (No. 11/T9)
• Jerry Kelly, 56, becomes the oldest player to make the cut at THE PLAYERS Championship
• 2019 PLAYERS Champion Rory McIlroy misses the cut for the sixth time in 13 career tournament starts

Second-Round Lead Notes
14 Second-round leaders/co-leaders to win THE PLAYERS Championship (most recent: Rory McIlroy, 2019)
6 Second-round leaders/co-leaders to win on TOUR in 2022-23 (most recent: Kurt Kitayama/Arnold Palmer Invitational
presented by Mastercard)
Adam Svensson (1st/-9)

Adam Svensson
Age 29 (December 31, 1993)
FedExCup No. 12
OWGR No. 57
Starts – wins – top-10s in PGA TOUR career 77-1-5
Starts – wins – top-10s on TOUR in 2022-23 14-1-2
Starts – wins – top-10s at THE PLAYERS Tournament debut
• One of two co-leaders at time of suspension, plays his final seven holes on Saturday morning in 1-under to post 67
• Takes his first career 36-hole lead/co-lead on TOUR; sat T2 after two rounds at the 2022 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
(finished T49)
• Seeks to become the second Canadian to win THE PLAYERS (Stephen Ames/2006)
• Earned his first career PGA TOUR title at The RSM Classic in November (one of three first-time winners on TOUR this
• Would become the first to win THE PLAYERS in their tournament debut since Craig Perks in 2002

Scottie Scheffler (2nd/-7)
• World No. 2 plays his final eight holes in 2-under after the resumption of play for a 69

• Has stood inside the top 10 after 36 holes in five of six starts in 2023 (T12/The American Express)
• Five-time TOUR winner owns five top-10s in eight starts this season, including his win at the WM Phoenix Open; has not
finished outside the top 15 on TOUR since THE CJ CUP in South Carolina (T45) in October
• Making his third appearance at THE PLAYERS (2021/CUT, 2022/T55)

Miscellaneous notes
• PGA TOUR rookie Ben Griffin (T3/-6) records a second-round 71 and leads the field in Strokes Gained: Around the Green (3.387); making his 14th start of the season with his best finish a T3 at the 2022 Butterfield Bermuda Championship
• Collin Morikawa (T3/-6) posts a 1-over 73 in round two in search of his first victory of the season after three top-10s in his last five starts: 2nd/Sentry Tournament of Champions, 3rd/Farmers Insurance Open, T6/The Genesis Invitational
• One of two co-leaders at time of suspension, Christiaan Bezuidenhout (T3/-6) played his final four holes of the second
round in 2-over for a 70; making his second start at THE PLAYERS Championship (T41/2021) after recording a 65 in the first round in 2020 (stood T2 when the tournament was canceled due to COVID-19)
• Two-time DP World Tour winner Min Woo Lee (T3/-6) cards a second-round 70 in search of his first PGA TOUR title;
qualified for his first PLAYERS at No. 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking following The Honda Classic
• First-round leader Chad Ramey (T7/-5) records a 3-over 75, which included a quadruple-bogey 7 at the par-3 17th hole
• Three-time PGA TOUR winner Jerry Kelly (T65/+2) becomes the oldest player to make the cut in PLAYERS Championship history at 56 years, 3 months, 16 days (previous: Arnold Palmer at 55 years, 6 months, 19 days in 1985)
• 2019 PLAYERS Champion and reigning FedExCup Champion Rory McIlroy (T98/+5) hits 13 of 28 fairways and posts five birdies in two rounds at THE PLAYERS to miss the cut for the sixth time in 13 starts
• Five players in the top 10 are making their PLAYERS debut: Adam Svensson (1st), Ben Griffin (T3), Min Woo Lee (T3), Chad Ramey (T7), Will Gordon (T9)


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