Spieth, Mickelson in danger of missing the cut


PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – After a two-hour weather delay halted The Players Championship, 33 players will return Saturday morning to TPC Sawgrass to complete their second rounds. Among them are a pair of high-profile names, both of whom remain in danger of missing the cut.

Jordan Spieth and Phil Mickelson were each 1 under for the week when play was halted Friday because of darkness. With 74 players currently at 2 under or better, both men will have some work to do in order to earn a third-round tee time.

Spieth has four holes left, and his first shot Saturday will be played from well right of the 15th fairway. He got off to frustrating start for the second straight day, as he failed to make a birdie until his seventh hole of the day.

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Following the weather delay, Spieth added birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 but gave one shot back with a bogey on No. 12. As a result, he is currently projected to miss the cut here for the second year in a row.

The situation is a bit more dire for Mickelson, who is in the midst of a turbulent second round. Mickelson followed a chip-in eagle on No. 2 with a birdie on No. 3, but gave back four shots in a three-hole span from Nos. 6-8. He has only two holes remaining, and will need to snag a birdie from either the par-3 17th or the difficult 18th hole.

Mickelson won this event in 2007, but he hasn’t broken 70 at the Stadium Course since the third round in 2011. Should he fail to birdie either of the two holes he has left, Mickelson will miss the cut for the third time in his last four starts overall, and for the fourth year in a row at the Tour’s flagship event.