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Westwood fires 66 to lead while putting difficulties see Lowry slip down in Florida

Shane Lowry is two under through two rounds after a Friday 74 at TPC Sawgrass.

Updated Mar 12th 2021, 11:25 PM

LEE WESTWOOD’S BRILLIANT form continues on the PGA Tour after he fired 66 to become the second round leader on nine-under at The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass.

pga-the-players-championship-second-round Lee Westwood in action today at TPC Sawgrass. Source: SIPA USA/PA Images

Westwood, runner-up to Bryson DeChambeau at Bay Hill last week, built on his opening 69 with a standout showing today after the action was suspended due to darkness with a handful of players still to complete their second round.

He began his round on the 10th and picked up two early shots before a run of pars saw him reach the turn at five-under. Then Westwood exploded to life with three successive birdies between the 2nd and 4th holes before rounding off with another birdie on the 9th.

He is one shot clear of another English player with Matthew Fitzpatrick on his own in second place after his second successive 68. He is ahead of American Chris Kirk and first round leader Sergio Garcia, both on seven-under.

Notable movers included Bryson DeChambeau hitting 69 to go to six-under while Jon Rahm (68) and Paul Casey (67) both moved to four-under.

Shane Lowry posted a two-over-par second-round 74 as a difficult day with his putter saw him slip down the leaderboard to tied for 22nd.

Graeme McDowell’s 74 sees him stand at three-over while Rory McIlroy’s woes continued with his 75 as he slumped to ten-over.

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pga-the-players-championship-first-round Shane Lowry (file pic). Source: SIPA USA/PA Images

Lowry couldn’t build on an excellent 68 on Thursday, starting on the 10th but failing to register a birdie in his first nine holes, three-putting for a pair of bogeys on 14 and 18 as he rounded back to the first in 38 strokes.

He did finally birdie as he began the front nine, rolling in from 22 feet, and again on the fourth with a 20-footer as he bounced back from another bogey on the par-three third where he missed the green off the tee.

He bogeyed once more on 7 after his tee shot found a fairway bunker and by the time he got into the clubhouse, he had slipped from tied for third to tied-17th.

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