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The last time there were second round co-leaders at THE PLAYERS was 2005, when Luke Donald, Joe Durant, Tim Herron and Lee Westwood shared the lead. Coming from behind has been where the eventual winner is determined at the event. The second-round leader/co-leader has won THE PLAYERS only nine of 38 times. The most recent time was Phil Mickelson back in 2007. 

Since Tiger Woods’ PGA TOUR-record streak of 142 consecutive made cuts ended at the 2005 HP Byron Nelson Championship, no player has made 50 in a row. With his sixth-place finish last week at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Steve Stricker entered the week with 49 consecutive cuts, with his last weekend off being the 2009 PGA Championship. Stricker’s streak was snapped this week after rounds of 76-74. Matt Kuchar now owns the longest consecutive cuts made st

reak on TOUR, with 17. Rory McIlroy, the top-ranked player in the Official World Golf Ranking, missed the cut for the third time in as many attempts at THE PLAYERS (2009, 2010, 2012). He has yet to post a score in the 60s in six rounds at TPC Sawgrass.

Harris English birdied three of his final five holes for a 5-under 67, snapping a streak of 13 consecutive rounds of 70 or above this season – dating to a third-round 2-over 73 at the RBC Heritage. English is making his 14th start of the season, with a T8 at the RBC Heritage his lone top-10 finish. He is hoping to join Craig Perks (2002) and Tim Clark (2010) as players who made THE PLAYERS their first PGA TOUR victory. 

Rookie Leaderboard

Harris English  70-67—137 (4th) 

Brian Harman  73-68—141 (T17) 

John Huh  75-66—141 (T17) 

Sang-moon Bae 68-77—145 (MC) 

J.J. Killeen  69-77—146 (MC) 

Bud Cauley  75-75—150 (MC) 

Best finishes by a PGA TOUR rookie at THE PLAYERS: Fulton Allem (T3 in 1998), Camilo Villegas (T3 in 2006), Jeff Quinney (T6 in 2007) and Dave Rummells (T10 in 1996).