Jason Day en route to 66 in Sawgrass today. Image: Getty
Jason Day entered the Players Championship at Sawgrass after a brilliant 66 in the second round, increasing the light of the back injury that forced him to withdraw from last week's tournament
On a day with a Ryder Cup feel, Day made eight birdies and ended his day with a nice wedge near the ninth hole for another birdie and a six-under total.
He is eighth overall and in seventh place only four shots from the lead of Euphan's Ryder Cup hero Tommy Fleetwood on 12-under, with another Ryder Cup superstar Ian Poulter in second place and the winner of the Emirates Australian Open , Abraham Ancer, also in running, tied with Poulter on 10-under.
Former world number 1 Rory McIlroy is nicely placed at nine-under, while Tiger Woods plunged two balls into the water at the famous par-three 17th on the way to an otherwise good 71.
Fleetwood, leader of the first round, had a late start and was a time ahead of veteran Jim Furyk, Kevin Kisner and Poulter, but the Englishman quickly birdied the first and then splashed out of sand next to the second green and in an eagle's cup to reclaim top billing.
He eventually chose a 67 to go with the opening of Thursday 65 and he is the one to be defeated.
Adam Scott also played well today with a three-under-par 69 to score mid-way through the top 20.