First-round leader Sergio Garcia hit all 14 fairways, missed only three greens and took 33 putts en route to 73 on Friday at the Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach.
What dropped him into a tie for second was double bogey on the island green 17th without going into the water, as 18 others did.
His tee shot went over the back of the green and rolled down the artificial turf path, leaving him a chip over a corner of the water. His shot came out hot, rolled off the green and only a slight rise in the first cut of rough kept it dry. He chipped weakly and missed another putt, then missed a 7-foot birdie putt on 18.
"I probably deserved a little bit more than what I got," Garcia said.
Chris DiMarco's 1-under 71 Thursday was his first under-par round on the PGA Tour since he shot 68 in the first round of the FBR Open in February. DiMarco, recovering from left-shoulder surgery in September that still affects his iron play, shot 73 Friday to tie for 16th and is looking for his first top-50 performance of the year after missing eight of 11 cuts.
Death in the family
Jeff Maggert, who opened with par 72, withdrew, telling officials that his brother Barry died in a small plane crash in Colorado en route to his son's college graduation. Gilpin County (Colo.) officials were waiting for the family to arrive to release the name of the 23-year-old passenger who was injured. Maggert has 23-year-old twin nephews, Leen and Bryant.
Shigeki Maruyama, who opened with 81, pulled out before the start of his second round with a shoulder injury, bringing the total number of withdrawals to seven.
Greg Kraft of Clearwater didn't think his tee shot on 17 stayed on the island green. He even stopped at the drop zone to hit another. It wasn't until he was about to drop a ball that the gallery and his partners alerted him that his shot landed a few feet from the edge, hidden in a sprinkler head. He was allowed a free drop from the sprinkler, then two-putted for par. He could have easily had bogey or worse, and thanks partly to the break, he made the cut on the line at 3-over 147. "I'm just worn out. This course beat me up today," said Kraft, who shot par 72. "Starting at 3 over, knowing you have to shoot par to make the cut, it was a brutal day. It's a tough course." Also making the cut: Tim Petrovic of Dade City at 73—146 and Woody Austin, a Chamberlain High graduate, at 76—147. Tampa's Ryuji Imada shot 76—149.
Good and bad
Tim Clark had quintuple-bogey 10 on the 573-yard ninth hole and Robert Garrigus aced No. 13 with an 8-iron from 164 yards. Clark's first two tee shots landed in the water right. He found the fairway with his third, then hit his next one into a large bunker short and left of the green. His seventh shot flew the green. He chipped to about 20 feet and two-putted. It was the highest score ever at No. 9 in the 27 years the tournament has been played at TPC Sawgrass.
Today's forecast offers a slight chance of afternoon thunderstorms, along with 10-15 mph winds, and a high of 91. But on Sunday, the chance of precipitation is 50 percent, with scattered afternoon and evening thunderstorms. The ominous message from Meteorlogix: "A few storms could be severe."
If you believe Fred Couples — and why wouldn't you? — don't expect to see a lot of low scores this weekend. "(Saturday) it's going to be brutal," he said after shooting 70-72, "and Sunday it'll be borderline U.S. Open-like."
Around the tours
Annika Sorenstam followed 64 with 66, leaving her at 12 under, three better than Lorena Ochoa (68) in the rain-plagued LPGA Michelob Ultra Open at Williamsburg, Va. Michelle Wie (75-71) missed the cut as did Seminole's Brittany Lincicome (79—153). … Robert Karlsson of Sweden shot a course-record 11-under 61 to take a two-shot lead after the second round of the Italian Open in Milan. John Daly followed his 67 with 73 and was 11 back. … Gennifer Mendez, 20, of North Port defeated Mindy Smith of Tampa in 19 holes to capture her second FWSGA State Amateur Match Play Championship at Southern Hills Plantation in Brooksville.
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