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Spieth misses cut as Day sets 36-hole record at The Players

PONTE VERDA BEACH, Fla. -- Jordan Spieth missed the cut and Jason Day set the 36-hole record at The Players Championship with a four-shot lead going into the weekend at the TPC Sawgrass.Day, ranked No. 1 in the world, finished the suspended secon...

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Shane Lowry lines up a putt on the 5th green during the third round of the 2016 Players Championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass. (Photo by John David Mercer / USA TODAY Sports)

PONTE VERDA BEACH, Fla. - Jordan Spieth missed the cut and Jason Day set the 36-hole record at The Players Championship with a four-shot lead going into the weekend at the TPC Sawgrass.
Day, ranked No. 1 in the world, finished the suspended second round Saturday morning for a 6-under 66, putting him at 15-under 129 - one shot better than the 36-hole mark Greg Norman set in 1994.
“The 36-hole scoring record is great and all, but I’m looking at the big picture,” Day said. “I need to knuckle down here and try to keep pushing forward. And we’ve got two more rounds left, so there is still a long way to go.”
Day led by four shots over Shane Lowry, who finished his 68 on Friday after a two-hour storm delay.
Spieth shot 71 and missed the cut by one stroke at 1-under 143, along with Phil Mickelson and defending champion Rickie Fowler.
Spieth and Mickelson finished their second rounds on Saturday morning and both needed birdies over the final few holes to reach the cut line of 2-under.
Spieth went home early for the second straight year.
“I just didn’t put much work into my putting and short game and it certainly showed here, as it normally does on a Pete Dye golf course,” Spieth said Saturday morning. “If I putt anywhere up to the standard that I normally putt, even with a couple bad breaks here and there, I’m at 6- or 7-under, just on the greens, let alone the short game. So, everybody has an off putting week, I just had a couple days where I just kind of lost a little control of it.”
Mickelson missed the cut for the fourth consecutive year.
“I think that it’s a great golf course to identify how well you’re playing,” Mickelson said after rounds of 70-73. “It tells me that I’ve got some work to do still. I’ve been driving the ball much better this year, but I drove it terrible this week and it’s, it will eat you up. So I think it’s a really good place to play to find out where your strengths and your weaknesses are.”

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