McIlroy stormed the field yesterday with a nine of 31, including an eagle on the 16th and Birdie two on the Par par 17. You could sell a 3.2.4 finish on Sunday afternoon for a piece of green bills.
Fleetwood's ball-punching is relentlessly consistent, and both players will take the driver whenever they have the chance. Many players try to make their way through the uncomfortably angular sawgrass fairways, but McIlroy and Fleetwood will lean on their strength and try to reduce the size.
Ian Poulter has a good track record in this place and is well placed in the fifty-nine – he could really stand the situation in which he turns for the worse because he is unable to measure Rory and Tommy on a Birdie feast.
The same can be said of veteran Jim Furyk, who knows every inch of this golf course that has lived in Ponte Vedra Beach for two decades.
Tiger Woods played some nice things yesterday and found 16 out of 18 greens in the regulation, but was undone on the 17th with a fourfold bogey-seven. Taking this deviation into account, a 71-year-old was more than decent. If he keeps his card clean Woods should raise the board today.
It is still unclear whether Woods, who had missed the Arnold Palmer Invitation with a neck injury, wants to compete next week at the Valspar Championship in Copperhead.
The course should play harder, as it is expected that the wind changes from the south to the north. This means that the par-fives are now returning to the wind, and the breeze will hurt and from the left to the treacherous 17 and 18 – the most difficult wind, which is to handle for right-handed.