Stricker trails leaders by one at Players Championship

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Jason Day put himself in contention heading into the weekend at the Players Championship, where the Australian says work with his long-time coach has him on track for a back-to-back successes on the US PGA Tour. "We have to figure out a way to put it together, and I have not done that consistently this year so far".

As if that wasn't a tight enough race heading into Round 2 on Friday, six more golfers are one stroke back at 5-under; 15 are tied at 4-under; and a whopping 68 players are under par.

He ended up with the first of back-to-back double-bogeys, his one-under round of 71 giving the 2015 victor of the tournament a one-over total that saw him miss the cut by two shots.

"I was in-between clubs", he said. Feel like I'm putting well.

Meanwhile, Day fired a bogey-free 67 to be the leading Australian at eight-under. "I didn't have much of what I wanted".

This week at the Players Championship, in a marquee group featuring Rickie Fowler and Phil Mickelson, who both missed the cut, Woods just about made it with a -1 total, 14 shots behind leader Webb Simpson. "I think that some of the guys will probably shoot better scores than I did out there today".

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The signs were not promising for McIlroy early on when he chunked a chip into a bunker at the second, although he made a good up-and-down for par which he repeated following a poor tee shot to the short third.

"I'm hitting it better (than last week), which is nice", Day said. His win in the Wells Fargo Championship last weekend came with a final-round 69 in which he hit the ball poorly but continually scrambled out of trouble. "With that in mind, I think I can still win big tournaments". Thomas, continuing to chase that No. 1 world ranking, has 13 consecutive Top-25 finishes with two wins and two runners-up in that span. McIlroy has three Top-10's at this tournament and is in form. "But I can assure you, for me it was goosebumps and shivers out there hearing all the noise and playing with him".

They just happened to be the 17th and 18th, the two hardest holes on the course.

But on the par three 17th, he found the water with his wedge and ended up with a double bogey, which proved to be the only black mark on his card. "I didn't hit it the way I wanted to, so it is my fault at the end of the day".

"I felt more comfortable driving the ball and being a little more aggressive off the tees and getting it down there, squeezing it around some of these corners and consequently I had a lot of nine-irons on down".

Hadley has six top 10s this year and is at No. 19 in the FedEx Cup. I definitely want to stay there, but if someone passes me it's not going to change anything, I'm still going to go back the next week and try to get it back.

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