2014 Players Championship scores: Jordan Spieth makes run to top of TPC Sawgrass leaderboard

Kevin C. Cox

Martin Kaymer set the pace early in the morning at TPC Sawgrass, but 20-year-old Jordan Spieth is one shot back after his second straight round without a bogey.

With the conditions supposedly toughening up for the afternoon tee times, I said earlier today that I'd be shocked if Martin Kaymer (12-under) didn't go to sleep on a mutli-shot 36-hole lead at The Players Championship. I guess I just underestimated Jordan Spieth yet again, as the 20-year-old continues to exceed expectations and is now just one shot back of Kaymer at 11-under in his first ever Players Championship.

It was just a month ago that Spieth contended in the final Sunday pairing in his first ever Masters, and he's right back at it at TPC Sawgrass. Now he'll be out in the final pairing again on Saturday, leading the field in scrambling, one-putts, and bogeys. The last stat is pretty simple to follow, because Spieth has not made a single bogey in 36 holes at the Stadium Course. That's hard to believe, given all the water and increased accuracy that's required here, but Spieth keeps pushing the boundaries in his first full season on the Tour.

To follow up on his early morning 67 on Thursday, Spieth went out Friday afternoon against windier conditions and tougher pin placements and did one shot better, firing a 33 on both the front and back side at Sawgrass. He missed birdie chances on two of the four par-5s, but again, there's not a single crooked number on his card through two days. After the round, he seemed to agree with the notion that this is the best his short game has ever been, and noted that the surfaces at TPC Sawgrass are the same as what he grew up on in the Dallas area. His chipping and putting have been perfect so far, saving those pars up around the green and converting the birdies to get into double-digit red figures. It's the first time in 27 years that a player has been bogey free through the first 36 holes in his first appearance at the Stadium Course.

With defending champ Tiger Woods out, and a number of unknown first-time winners through an underwhelming first half of the season, the PGA Tour needs some superstars and fresh blood to start winning tournaments. A Spieth run at the Tour's biggest event of the year would be one of the better outcomes with Tiger on the shelf. Spieth had a bad stretch in the final round at the Masters, but that Sunday was more about Bubba overwhelming the course than Spieth receding. The 20-year-old should be around all weekend, and have a chance to close the biggest win of his nascent career.

While the new blood rose to the top of the leaderboard late on Friday, some of the game's most entrenched superstars needed putts on the final green just to make the cut. Rory McIlroy made his putt to get to the weekend, Phil Mickelson did not. It's the second straight year Mickelson has missed the cut at this event, and comes a month after missing the cut at the Masters for the first time since 1997. He'll play again at the Memorial and in Memphis, but things aren't trending well for that all-important U.S. Open date at Pinehurst.

McIlroy was just as shaky as Phil, and played his first six holes in 7-over on Friday. He needed a back nine 32, and that birdie putt on No. 18, just to make the cut after starting the day in a relatively good spot on the leaderboard. He's got the talent to always post a number in the low 60s, but it's obvious Rory doesn't really get along with this course and he's too inconsistent right now, especially with the putter.

Here's the full leaderboard at the midpoint at TPC Sawgrass:

Place Player Score Round 1 Round 2
1
Martin Kaymer
-12 63 69
2
Jordan Spieth
-11 67 66
3
Russell Henley
-8 65 71
T4
Jim Furyk
-6 70 68
T4
Lee Westwood
-6 67 71
T4
Gary Woodland
-6 67 71
T4
Justin Rose
-6 67 71
T4
Sergio Garcia
-6 67 71
T9
Brian Davis
-5 72 67
T9
John Senden
-5 70 69
T9
Bill Haas
-5 68 71
T9
Sang-Moon Bae
-5 66 73
T9
George McNeill
-5 71 68
T9
Geoff Ogilvy
-5 69 70
T9
Matt Jones
-5 70 69
T9
Kevin Na
-5 70 69
T9
Charl Schwartzel
-5 72 67
T9
Scott Brown
-5 68 71
T19
Freddie Jacobson
-4 70 70
T19
Kevin Chappell
-4 72 68
T19
Joost Luiten
-4 68 72
T19
Zach Johnson
-4 69 71
T19
Graeme McDowell
-4 69 71
T19
Stewart Cink
-4 70 70
T25
Jamie Donaldson
-3 74 67
T25
Hideki Matsuyama
-3 70 71
T25
Pat Perez
-3 68 73
T25
Justin Leonard
-3 68 73
T25
John Huh
-3 69 72
T25
Henrik Stenson
-3 71 70
T25
Steve Stricker
-3 71 70
T25
Bubba Watson
-3 69 72
T25
David Hearn
-3 70 71
T25
Martin Flores
-3 70 71
T25
Bo Van Pelt
-3 71 70
T25
Morgan Hoffmann
-3 71 70
T37
Jeff Overton
-2 70 72
T37
Daniel Summerhays
-2 74 68
T37
Richard H. Lee
-2 71 71
T37
Charlie Beljan
-2 73 69
T37
Kyle Stanley
-2 73 69
T37
Matt Kuchar
-2 71 71
T37
Francesco Molinari
-2 72 70
T37
Erik Compton
-2 72 70
T37
Marc Leishman
-2 70 72
T37
Luke Donald
-2 73 69
T37
Billy Horschel
-2 72 70
T37
Dustin Johnson
-2 68 74
T37
Retief Goosen
-2 72 70
T37
Brendan Steele
-2 69 73
T37
John Peterson
-2 73 69
T52
Justin Hicks
-1 73 70
T52
Jonas Blixt
-1 71 72
T52
Rickie Fowler
-1 71 72
T52
Ian Poulter
-1 74 69
T52
Jimmy Walker
-1 75 68
T52
John Merrick
-1 72 71
T52
Scott Langley
-1 71 72
T52
Brendon de Jonge
-1 69 74
T52
Jeff Maggert
-1 72 71
T52
Brian Stuard
-1 67 76
T52
Chris Stroud
-1 76 67
T52
Jason Dufner
-1 69 74
T64
Charley Hoffman
E 77 67
T64
J.J. Henry
E 74 70
T64
Angel Cabrera
E 70 74
T64
Steven Bowditch
E 72 72
T64
Seung-Yul Noh
E 76 68
T64
Brandt Snedeker
E 75 69
T64
Adam Scott
E 77 67
T64
John Rollins
E 73 71
T64
Russell Knox
E 72 72
T64
Ryan Palmer
E 71 73
T64
Gonzalo Fdez-Castano
E 67 77
T64
Rory Sabbatini
E 71 73
T64
Stuart Appleby
E 71 73
T64
K.J. Choi
E 74 70
T64
Ryan Moore
E 70 74
T64
Rory McIlroy
E 70 74
T64
Scott Stallings
E 67 77
T64
Chris Kirk
E 71 73
T64
Ernie Els
E 68 76
CUT
Will MacKenzie
- 73 72
CUT
Charlie Wi
- 76 69
CUT
Ted Potter, Jr.
- 73 72
CUT
Lucas Glover
- 75 70
CUT
Keegan Bradley
- 72 73
CUT
Chesson Hadley
- 73 72
CUT
Charles Howell III
- 71 74
CUT
Derek Ernst
- 76 69
CUT
Carl Pettersson
- 74 71
CUT
Phil Mickelson
- 75 70
CUT
Johnson Wagner
- 73 72
CUT
Thongchai Jaidee
- 73 73
CUT
Roberto Castro
- 72 74
CUT
Brian Harman
- 74 72
CUT
Jason Bohn
- 74 72
CUT
Kevin Stadler
- 72 74
CUT
Martin Laird
- 76 70
CUT
Jerry Kelly
- 78 68
CUT
James Hahn
- 70 76
CUT
Ken Duke
- 72 74
CUT
Jonathan Byrd
- 72 74
CUT
Camilo Villegas
- 70 76
CUT
Robert Garrigus
- 75 71
CUT
Graham DeLaet
- 69 77
CUT
Luke Guthrie
- 73 74
CUT
Kenny Perry
- 77 70
CUT
Cameron Tringale
- 77 70
CUT
Michael Thompson
- 71 76
CUT
Josh Teater
- 71 76
CUT
Webb Simpson
- 75 73
CUT
Michael Putnam
- 75 73
CUT
Bryce Molder
- 77 71
CUT
Aaron Baddeley
- 73 75
CUT
Kevin Streelman
- 69 79
CUT
Harris English
- 73 75
CUT
Boo Weekley
- 75 73
CUT
David Lingmerth
- 71 77
CUT
Stephen Gallacher
- 70 78
CUT
Greg Chalmers
- 74 75
CUT
Darren Clarke
- 76 73
CUT
Shawn Stefani
- 75 74
CUT
Thomas Bjorn
- 73 76
CUT
J.B. Holmes
- 76 73
CUT
Brian Gay
- 70 79
CUT
Y.E. Yang
- 75 74
CUT
Nick Watney
- 71 79
CUT
Andres Romero
- 76 74
CUT
Jason Kokrak
- 70 80
CUT
Nicholas Thompson
- 77 74
CUT
Hunter Mahan
- 73 78
CUT
D.A. Points
- 75 76
CUT
Ben Crane
- 76 75
CUT
Tim Clark
- 71 81
CUT
Louis Oosthuizen
- 77 75
CUT
Matt Every
- 76 77
CUT
Mark Wilson
- 79 74
CUT
William McGirt
- 72 81
CUT
James Driscoll
- 75 78
CUT
Patrick Reed
- 74 79
CUT
Woody Austin
- 78 76
WD
D.H. Lee
- 78 -
WD
Briny Baird
- 77 -

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