2014 Players Championship: Tee times, pairings for Friday's round at TPC Sawgrass

Scott Halleran

The best field of the season tries to go low again on Friday at TPC Sawgrass.

The Players Championship is called the season's fifth major mostly because of the strength of its field. It's the deepest group of players in one tournament all year, with large chunks not reserved for open qualifiers or PGA teaching pros.

And much of that depth of the field rose to the first page of the leaderboard on Thursday. There were, of course, a few big names that tumbled, such as Adam Scott and Phil Mickelson, who are both now fighting to make the cut on Friday. But overall, the list of names inside the top 30 is loaded with the best players from all over the world.

Martin Kaymer, a former No. 1 in the world, matched a course record round of 63 and set a new nine-hole record with his inward 29 to get to 9-under. Kaymer's round matches the record set by Fred Couples, Greg Norman, and Roberto Castro. Of the group, only Norman went on to win after carding his round of 63. And the group chasing Kaymer after just one round is stacked. Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia, and Lee Westwood are just some of the names only two shots back.

That group at 5-under all got the good end of the draw on Thursday, going out early in the morning when conditions were a bit more benign. Most of the scoring rounds in the mid 60s came from the morning wave, with the greens soft and receptive and the wind down. It got tougher as the day wore on for everyone but Kaymer it seems. Now, the German will be out early on Friday with a chance to extend his margin before the chasers ever get to the first tee. He goes off at 7:47 a.m. ET with Ted Potter, Jr. and Darren Clarke.

The marquee cluster in the morning will be out from 8:08 to 8:39 a.m., with headliners like Bubba Watson, Adam Scott, Henrik Stenson and Matt Kuchar playing in the morning. All four of those players started the tournament with a chance to get to No. 1 in the world, but only Bubba put himself in adequate position with his 3-under round of 69. Kuchar and Stenson still have a chance to make a move before the midpoint, while Scott had one of his worst rounds in years with three double bogeys. Only four players had a worse score than the Aussie's 5-over 77. He needs to get going right out of the gate, and probably has to post a round close to 65 to make the cut.

When the TV cameras come on in the afternoon, all those big names at 5-over will get to work on chasing down the lead. Spieth will tee off with Zach Johnson and Graeme McDowell at 1:28 p.m., one spot ahead of Rose and Rory McIlroy. The Ulsterman played well enough in his opening round, getting in at 3-under. But he dropped two shots over his last seven holes and came away frustrated again by the Pete Dye design. Adding his name to the mix would be another huge boost for the Tour heading into the weekend, and his form suggests that a mid-60s round is right there for the former No. 1. Mickelson's position, at 3-over, is much more die and he'll tee off just 10 minutes after Rory at 1:49 p.m. ET.

Here's the full tee sheet for the second round at The Players:

Morning wave off No. 1

Tee time


7:15 a.m.

Will MacKenzie

Greg Chalmers

Thongchai Jaidee

7:26 a.m.

Jeff Overton

Daniel Summerhays

Jamie Donaldson

7:36 a.m.

Charley Hoffman

Luke Guthrie

Justin Hicks

7:47 a.m.

Ted Potter, Jr.

Martin Kaymer

Darren Clarke

7:57 a.m.

Lucas Glover

Tim Clark

Kenny Perry

8:08 a.m.

Steven Bowditch

John Senden

Bill Haas

8:18 a.m.

Seung-Yul Noh

Kevin Stadler

Louis Oosthuizen

8:29 a.m.

Matt Every

Chesson Hadley

Nick Watney

8:39 a.m.

Ian Poulter

Hunter Mahan

Charles Howell III

8:50 a.m.

Martin Laird

D.A. Points

John Merrick

9:00 a.m.

John Rollins

Scott Langley

Francesco Molinari

9:11 a.m.

Russell Knox

Shawn Stefani

Joost Luiten

Morning wave off No. 10

Tee time


7:15 a.m.

Charlie Wi

Nicholas Thompson

Roberto Castro

7:26 a.m.

Brian Harman

Richard H. Lee

Hideki Matsuyama

7:36 a.m.

Jason Bohn

Pat Perez

Brian Davis

7:47 a.m.

Charlie Beljan

Kyle Stanley

Justin Leonard

7:57 a.m.

J.J. Henry

John Huh

Angel Cabrera

8:08 a.m.

Webb Simpson

Jonas Blixt

Keegan Bradley

8:18 a.m.

Henrik Stenson

Brandt Snedeker

Jim Furyk

8:29 a.m.

Adam Scott

Rickie Fowler

Steve Stricker

8:39 a.m.

Matt Kuchar

Bubba Watson

Jimmy Walker

8:50 a.m.

Sang-Moon Bae

George McNeill

Mark Wilson

9:00 a.m.

Freddie Jacobson

Kevin Chappell

Michael Putnam

9:11 a.m.

Briny Baird

David Hearn

Erik Compton

Afternoon wave off No. 1

Tee time


12:25 p.m.

Bryce Molder

Jerry Kelly

James Hahn

12:36 p.m.

Aaron Baddeley

Ryan Palmer

Gonzalo Fdez-Castano

12:46 p.m.

Cameron Tringale

D.H. Lee

William McGirt

12:57 p.m.

J.B. Holmes

Ken Duke

Rory Sabbatini

1:07 p.m.

Derek Ernst

Carl Pettersson

Jonathan Byrd

1:18 p.m.

Patrick Reed

Jason Dufner

Luke Donald

1:28 p.m.

Zach Johnson

Jordan Spieth

Graeme McDowell

1:39 p.m.

Harris English

Justin Rose

Rory McIlroy

1:49 p.m.

Dustin Johnson

Phil Mickelson

Sergio Garcia

2:00 p.m.

Woody Austin

Boo Weekley

Y.E. Yang

2:10 p.m.

Brendan Steele

Camilo Villegas

Jason Kokrak

2:21 p.m.

Robert Garrigus

Josh Teater

John Peterson

Afternoon wave off No. 10

Tee time


12:25 p.m.

Lee Westwood

Martin Flores

Brendon de Jonge

12:36 p.m.

Andres Romero

Jeff Maggert

Brian Stuard

12:46 p.m.

Chris Stroud

James Driscoll

Thomas Bjorn

12:57 p.m.

Michael Thompson

Brian Gay

Stuart Appleby

1:07 p.m.

Marc Leishman

K.J. Choi

Geoff Ogilvy

1:18 p.m.

Matt Jones

Russell Henley

Kevin Streelman

1:28 p.m.

Ryan Moore

Gary Woodland

Billy Horschel

1:39 p.m.

Scott Stallings

Kevin Na

Charl Schwartzel

1:49 p.m.

Chris Kirk

Scott Brown

Ernie Els

2:00 p.m.

Johnson Wagner

Stewart Cink

Retief Goosen

2:10 p.m.

Ben Crane

Bo Van Pelt

David Lingmerth

2:21 p.m.

Graham DeLaet

Morgan Hoffmann

Stephen Gallacher

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