Sam Burns and Tom Hoge lead The Players; Rory McIlroy narrowly makes the cut

Sam Burns and Tom Hoge lead after 36 holes at the PGA Tour's flagship event at TPC Sawgrass. 

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Sun, 13 Mar 2022
Sam Burns and Tom Hoge leads The Players; Rory McIlroy narrowly makes the cut

Sam Burns and Tom Hoge moved into a tie for the lead after (eventually) 36 holes at The Players Championship on Sunday afternoon.

Burns carded a superb 3-under 69 on Sunday to move to 7-under par alongside Hoge, who carded a respectable 71.

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The American duo lie at 7-under par and one shot clear of recent Saudi International champion Harold Varner III (69) and South Africa's Erik van Rooyen (67).

Burns hit the putt of the day when draining a 75-footer for eagle. 



Burns, the World No.17, has won twice on the PGA Tour but this would be his biggest win to date should he go on to land the spoils on Monday. 

Hoge is looking to win his second PGA Tour title in his last five starts, while Varner is looking to win a second title in his last four starts.

Varner is still looking to pick up his first PGA Tour title, though. 

England's Tommy Fleetwood is another player looking to break his duck on the PGA Tour and he has every chance at just two shots back on 5-under par, despite posting a 1-over 73.

Fellow Englishman Paul Casey is also on 5-under par, alongside Abraham Ancer, Corey Conners, Keith Mitchell and Taylor Pendrith. 

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Australia's Cameron Smith is a further shot back on 4-under par alongside recent Genesis Invitational winner Joaquin Niemann, while Jon Rahm birdied two of the last three holes to progress to 3-under par alongside defending champion Justin Thomas. 

Dustin Johnson and Daniel Berger are at 2-under par. 



Further down the board, Rory McIlroy and Scottie Scheffler narrowly made the cut on the number at 2-over par. 

Collin Morikawa and Patrick Cantlay both surprisingly missed the cut on 4-over and 5-over respectively, while Jordan Spieth and Xander Schauffele also missed out on the final 36 holes after finishing 7-over par. Brooks Koepka was even worse at 9-over par. 

The tournament might be into its fourth day but all players have now finally completed two rounds. The third round will now start for those having made the halfway cut later this evening.

All going well and no more inclement weather, the third round will be completed on Monday morning, with the final round concluding later in the day.

It will mark the first Monday finish in Players Championship history since Fred Funk prevailed in 2005. 

The tournament moved to May in 2007 through to 2018 and then reverted to its March fixture. 

Tournament officials have confirmed the ball will be played as it lies in the fairway for the final two rounds.

Preferred lies had been in place for the first two rounds. 

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