Ponte Vedra Beach (United States) (AFP) – High winds and freezing temperatures created extremely difficult conditions in the second round of the PGA Players Championship, which was suspended on Saturday due to a lack of natural light, with England’s Tommy Fleetwood and American Tom Hogg sharing first place.
Elite golfers grappled with 40 mph (64.3 km) winds all day and are already looking forward to the final round that will take place on Monday, after two days of heavy rain wreaked havoc at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
“When I got to (holes) 17 and 18, you could hardly stand up let alone take a shot,” said American Kevin Kesner, after he finished the race with 74 (+2). “It’s brutal,” he concluded.
“It was blowing hard,” said American Dustin Johnson, after 73 (+1). “Really difficult conditions,” he added.
Fleetwood and Hogg shared an 18-hole lead at 66 (-6) after the first round ended on Saturday (it was due to be played on Friday), and Fleetwood managed to start his second round before dark.
India’s Anirban Lahiri, Chilean Joaquin Neiman and American Keith Mitchell shared second place with five under-par in 18 holes.
Defending champion Justin Thomas and two-time Masters Champion Bubba Watson successfully delivered the only second rounds free of ghosting on Saturday. Thomas shot 69 (-3) and Watson 68 (-4) despite strong winds that kept them away for six hours.
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