Oosthuizen, Stanley share lead

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Louis Oosthuizen and Kyle Stanley each posted a 6-under 66 to share the lead at The Players Championship and made it more hard for the top two players in the world to catch them.

He was tied for the lead with Kyle Stanley. "He'll tell you", Cabrera Bello told reporters, observing that he played well for most of the day but struggled to convert his good shots into birdies until near the end. "That enough is a lot of motivation".

J.B. Holmes (-9) - Like Stanley, Holmes has flashed elite potential throughout his career, but just hasn't been able to consistently put it all together. Garcia, Patrick Cantlay (72) and Alex Noren (72) were another shot behind. Still searching for his first win on US soil, Oosthuizen should bounce back with a good round Sunday.

The Northern Irishman made the ideal start with a birdie on the first, but the four-time major victor then bogeyed the fifth. His best finish came in 2013.

Their homelands - United States, South Africa, South Korea, Argentina and England - are surpassed in their diverseness only by their golf games.

"Yeah, we're in a pretty good spot going into this weekend".

Tied at nine-under with Holmes is the steady Kyle Stanley, who carded an even par 72.

"My putting has been a little bit inconsistent, but from a ball-striking standpoint, I'm not really sure I can ask much more out of what I've been doing this year", he said, whose putting this week has benefited from a posture adjustment. "But for the most part, not really". It was kind of a long time ago.

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Singh's position near the top of the leaderboard comes as a surprise considering he has missed nine out of his last 10 cuts. You know, so it's something I don't really want to think about, but you do now and then think about it. "I'm happy with where my game is at right now". Rickie Fowler shot 74 and joined Johnson and McIlroy at 144. Jordan Spieth however, did not make the cut.

"I'm playing some of my best golf and I'm only 4-under par", Rahm said. I definitely feel like I got the most that I could have out of that round. "It's just been on and around the greens I just haven't quite figured it out". Scott Piercy recorded the first-ever quintuple bogey nine on the par-4 fifth hole. Holmes is playing in his 11th Players Championship.

Vijay Singh, 54, was making putts from everywhere until a three-putt bogey on the 18th.

"There's still a lot of golf left", said Stanley, who has won once on the PGA Tour, in 2012.

Further back, defending champion Jason Day is not out of contention on two-under par. That's when the tournament will finally start to take shape, and though Oosthuizen and Stanley stood out with the best scores of the second round, both know things can change quickly.

World No. 1 Dustin Johnson, No. 2 Rory McIlroy and Masters champion Sergio Garcia have work to do, as they all trail the top two by nine shots. He will play with Day on Sunday, also eight behind.

The South African has won eight times on the European Tour and stormed to a seven-shot victory for his only major win at the 2010 Open Championship. Cameron Smith, Jim Furyk, Matt Every, Billy Horschel, Russell Knox and Jonas Blixt missed the cut. His eagle putt was 14 feet, 9 inches.

Originally printed on Jacksonville Sports Day.

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