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.