The Players on Friday: Furyk surges; Im gets an ace

By Justin Barney - Sports Editor

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - The second round of The Players is over so we catch you up on Friday’s most notable events. 

Who's leading?

That would be a red-hot Rory McIlroy, who shot a 7-under 65 on Friday to move into a share of the lead with Tommy Fleetwood. Here's the whole leaderboard. 

We've got another ace

The second hole-in-one of The Players Championship was delivered by Sungjae Im.

Im put it in the cup on the 152-yard No. 13.

Harris English had the first ace of the tournament, knocking his tee shot on No. 17 straight in the hole on Friday in one of the most remarkable holes-in-one you'll see. 

Tommy Fleetwood is on a roll 

The first-round co-leader couldn't have started Friday's round much better. 

His eagle-3 on the par-5 No. 2 was a shot of beauty.

Fleetwood's second shot went into a greenside bunker. No problem. He blasted out of the sand, got a perfect roll and stuck it in the cup. He'll enter Saturday tied for the lead with Rory McIlroy at 12-under. 

Jim Furyk with an excellent Friday

The Ponte Vedra Beach resident surged into the early Friday lead after a bogey-free second-round 8-under 64. He'll go into the weekend at 9-under.

Furyk played his front nine at 4-under and kept it going on the back. He nearly sank a 42-foot, 10-inch putt on 17, but his ball hit the flagstick and didn't go in. He tapped in for par. Had the flagstick not stopped the ball, it could have easily zoomed right past the hole. 

Charting the local guys

Jim Furyk, Ponte Vedra Beach: Excellent second round with an 8-under 64. He’ll be among the top golfers entering the weekend. 

Billy Horschel, Ponte Vedra Beach: Best day among the local resident contingent in the opening round with a 69 and followed up with a 2-under 70. 

Russell Knox, Ponte Vedra Beach: Shot a 4-under 68 on Friday. He’s 6-under for the tournament.  

Sam Saunders, Atlantic Beach: Shot a 1-over 73 on Friday and missed the cut at 4-over.

Vijay Singh, Ponte Vedra Beach: Shot a 4-over 76 and missed the cut at 5-over. 

Ryan Blaum, Jacksonville Beach: Posted a 3-over 75 in the second round to finish 2-over and miss the cut.

Notable

Cameron Champ withdrew after eight holes on Friday citing a back injury.  

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