Tiger Woods is seven shots off the lead after the second day of the Players Championship, with German Alex Cejka’s 5-under 67 putting him clear of the chasing field.
Cejka, who has not won a tournament on the PGA Tour, leads Ian Poulter by two shots with a group of six players featuring this year’s Masters winner Angel Cabrera and the American Kevin Na two shots further back. Ben Crane, the opening day’s leader, is a shot further back after carding a one-over par 73. It has been a tough tournament for the field’s top seeds, with Woods, Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia — the world’s No.1, 2 and 3 respectively — well off the pace going into the third round. Mickleson and Garcia are 11 shots off Cejka and can consider themselves lucky to be playing the weekend. Poulter, however, expected the winning score to be 16 or 17 under, which gives Woods, Mickleson and Garcia some slim hope.
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“Guys are going to still shoot some good scores [Saturday],” Poulter told PGATOUR.com. “With the weather forecast that I’ve seen, it’s perfect.”