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Lee slips off pace at TPC Sawgrass

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 14/05/2016

New Zealand golfer Danny Lee has slipped down the leaderboard at the Players Championship in Florida, dropping nine places to a share of 22nd before darkness halted play at TPC Sawgrass.

Lee had fired a sharp five-under 67 to sit four shots off the lead after the first round, but couldn't quite find the same consistency in the weather-delayed second round.

Lee managed 17 holes before play was halted, sitting at one-under with just the par five ninth remaining.

He rode his luck at the infamous Island Green par three 17th, finding the edge of the green to just miss ending up in the water then nailing a 28-foot putt for birdie.

American golfer Will Wilcox went one better when he aced the 147-yard hole, the first time anyone had done so at the Players Championship since Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez in 2002.

Lee also picked up birdies at the 11th and 16th, but offset those with a bogey at the 13th to sit two under the card at the turn.

He struggled on the front nine of the course, mixing bogeys at the first and seventh with a birdie at the par three third before bad light halted play.

Overnight leader Jason Day is on track for the 36-hole scoring record at the Players Championship.

Following up from his course record-equalling nine-under 63, Day was five-under through 14 holes in round two to be 14-under for the tournament.

Ireland's Shane Lowry has moved to second place at 11-under after a round of 68.

Locally based Swede Jonas Blixt and German Alex Cejka chalked up second round 67s to move to 10-under-134 while Cameron Tringale joined them after a 69.

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