Cut claims Mickelson, Bradley; McIlroy rallies to make it


PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – In the end, the wind blew just enough at TPC Sawgrass to save Adam Scott.

Scott posted a 5-under 67 as part of the morning wave Friday to return to even par at The Players Championship, then had to wait to see if it would be good enough to make the cut. While the cut line was projected at 1-under 143 when he finished play, the large contingent at even-par 144 ended up tied for 64th after two rounds, easily making it to the weekend.

A total of 82 players made the cut, including Rory McIlroy, whose second-round 74 included a 4-under 32 on the back nine and was capped by a birdie on No. 18 to extend his stay on the Stadium Course. Other players spared by one shot included Brandt Snedeker and two-time major champion Angel Cabrera.

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While more than half the field will tee it up during the third round, several notable names were sent home early. Phil Mickelson came up one shot short after rounds of 75 and 70, as did Keegan Bradley. Webb Simpson (+4), Harris English (+6) and Louis Oosthuizen (+8) all struggled this week, though one of the most surprising names at the bottom was Patrick Reed. Twice a winner in 2014, Reed carded rounds of 74 and 79 and finished ahead of only one other player who completed 36 holes (Woody Austin).

With more than 77 players making the 36-hole cut, a secondary cut will be in place after the third round to again trim the field to low 70 players plus ties.