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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Martin Kaymer and Jordan Spieth are having a blast at The Players Championship — one because he is playing good golf again, the other because that seemingly is all he has been doing.

Kaymer followed his record-tying 63 on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass with a 3-under-par 69 Friday. A former top-ranked player in the world, the German hasn’t won since he prevailed in a European Tour event in November 2011. He was at 12 under and enters the weekend with a one-shot lead over 20-year-old Spieth (66).

Spieth, runner-up to Bubba Watson in the Masters last month, didn’t have a bogey in the first 36 holes of this event.

“I don’t think it’s going to be possible to stay bogey-free for two more rounds with the greens firming up,” he said.

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Russell Henley (71) was third at 8 under.

Kevin Chappell (68), who owns a home in Kirkland, was tied for 19th place at 4 under.

Kyle Stanley (69) of Gig Harbor and ex-Washington Husky Richard H. Lee (71) were among the players tied for 37th at 2 under. Ryan Moore (74) of Puyallup was tied for 64th at even par.

Michael Putnam (75-73—148) of University Place was among the players who missed the cut.

Phil Mickelson (75-70—145), who is ranked eighth in the world, has missed the cut in the two biggest events so far this year — the Masters and The Players.

“I don’t feel bad about the game,” Mickelson said. “But mentally, I’m just really soft right now.”


Adam Scott, 33, revealed he married longtime girlfriend Marie Kojzar, 32, on April 17. Scott (67) is tied for 64th place at even par.

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