When the horn blew Friday at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, for the Players Championship, two unfamiliar names sat atop the leaderboard.
Chad Ramey was 10 under par after two birdies on Nos. 11 and 12 — his second and third of the day — but came back to Earth with bogeys on Nos. 13 and 1, and a quadruple-bogey at the par-3 17th thanks to two balls in the water. He’s now 4 under, four back.
Ramey trails Christiaan Bezuidenhout and Adam Svensson who both sit at 8 under. Both players are 4 under in their second rounds.
As for the stars, Scottie Scheffler is 5 under but left the course looking at a 17-foot putt for eagle at the par-5 11th. Collin Morikawa, who entered the second round one shot behind Ramey, is 1 over through 11 holes and now sits at 6 under.
If the two names on top are unfamiliar to you, you’re not alone. Let’s meet the two leaders at the 2023 Players Championship, which was official suspended due to inclement weather at 4:27 p.m. ET on Friday.
Players: Weather, updated schedule
Score: 8 under.
Country: South Africa.
Last hole completed: No. 5 (currently on No. 6, four more to play).
World Golf Ranking: 81
Best previous finish at the Players: 41st, 2021.
Score: 8 under.
Last hole completed: No. 2 (currently on No. 3, seven more to play).
World Golf Ranking: 57.
Best previous finish at the Players: None (first-timer).
Who else is on the leaderboard?
Bezuidenhout and Svensson hold a two-stroke lead over clubhouse leader Ben Griffin, who shot a 71 Friday. Min Woo Lee and Collin Morikawa are also at 6 under. Griffin has completed his round, while Lee has four holes to play and Morikawa has seven.
At 5 under are Taylor Pendrith and Scheffler. At 4 under are Will Gordon, Jason Day, Viktor Hovland, Denny McCarthy, Byeong Hun An, Chad Ramey and Adam Hadwin.
The second round will resume at 7 a.m. ET and the third round is expected to begin around 10:40 a.m. ET on Saturday.
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