Adam Svensson generates – literally – closing birdie, leads Players after 36 holes

The grills in the hospitality area to the left of the ninth hole of the TPC Sawgrass had not yet been lit on Saturday morning when Adam Svensson passed just before 9 am.

A good thing.

The 29-year-old Canadian, in an attempt to get his second round in the clubhouse and clinging to a one-shot lead at The Players Championship, landed his second par-5 shot from the right and into the tent. Svensson and his caddy A.J. Montechinos spent another few minutes looking for Svensson’s ball—between the bars, gas and water tanks, presumably several dozen packs of hamburger buns; Montechinos even got an elevator to look at the portable generator.

Eventually, they found the ball, Svensson got a free TIO exemption, and he continued to rumble the hole, rolling off the 5-foot ball to hit 5-67 and grab the first 36-hole lead of his PGA Tour career.

At age 9, Svensson, who won his first tour title at the RSM Classic last fall, is two shots clear of Scotty Scheffler before advancing to the third round, which was scheduled to start later Saturday morning after rain pushed Friday’s second round into a new one. day. . Those unable to complete 36 holes by Friday night, when play was suspended, met Saturday morning with cooler temperatures but less wind and milder conditions.

Collin Morikawa, Ben Griffin, Ming Woo Lee and Christian Bezuidenhout are tied for third in the U6 rankings.

Rory McIlroy was among the notables who missed the cut by 5 more and was joined by the likes of Matt Fitzpatrick, Keegan Bradley and Billy Horschel dropping out early. John Rahm will also be out for the weekend after he pulled out due to illness on Friday.


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