Storms interrupt some of the chaos at Players Champs

Chad Ramey became the only player to reach double digits under par at The Players Championship until TPC Sawgrass, as usual, had the final say.

Ramey put two tee shots in the water on the island-green 17th hole on Friday for a quintuple-bogey that cost him a three-shot lead on a day of wild swings and, eventually, wild weather.

The second round was suspended with half the field unable to finish the round because of a storm system expected to dump a half-inch of rain on the Players Stadium Course.

Christiaan Bezuidenhout of South Africa and Adam Svensson of Canada shared the lead at 8-under par, both doing what it takes to stay in front on this course.

They didn't make a bogey on Friday - Bezuidenhout through 14 holes, Svensson through 11 holes - and they have only one for the week.

Ben Griffin was the clubhouse leader. The former mortgage loan officer, who already had one close call in Bermuda late last year, was playing an exquisite round until taking double bogey on his final hole for a 1-under 71.

Griffin was at at 6-under 138. Two-time major champion Collin Morikawa was 6 under through 11 holes, while Australian Min Woo Lee was at 6 under with three holes left in his round.

"Kind of glad this rain delay and thunder came in and let the putter rest a little bit and hopefully come out hot tomorrow," Morikawa said.

Players were to return at 7am on Saturday to finish the second round. The third round is schedule for threesomes off both tees and should be able to finish before sundown depending on the weather.

Jon Rahm missed all of this. The world's No.1 player had a bad stomach bug and withdrew about 30 minutes before his tee time. That puts his ranking in jeopardy, as Scottie Scheffler and Rory McIlroy can overtake him.

The advantage goes to Scheffler, who looked shaky early and settled into his round. He birdied his last two holes of the day - Nos.9 and 10 - before the suspension to get to 5 under. He has a 15-foot eagle putt on the 16th hole when play resumes.

McIlroy, meanwhile, took a double bogey on the sixth hole and was at 6 over for the tournament. He had eight holes to try to shave off four strokes that likely will be needed to make the cut.

Rahm made every cut last year, and he last missed a cut on the PGA Tour at the Fortinet Championship in September 2021, right before the Ryder Cup.

The course handed out some brutal punishments in the second round, starting with Max McGreevy who was 20 shots worse than his opening round.

He shot 89, tying the wrong kind of course record as the highest ever posted at the TPC Sawgrass. The other player who shot 89 was Michael Campbell in the first round in 2003.

Viktor Hovland was 5 under for his round through 11 holes, even getting a break when his tee shot on the par-3 17th bounced off the wooden frame of the island and onto the green. But then he ran into trouble over his final seven holes and had to settle for a 71.

Hovland was at 4-under 140 along with Will Gordon (67) and the resurgent Jason Day (70), a former world No.1 who is slowly working his way back.

Day began the year at No.112 in the world, and he could take a big step this week in assuring he stays in the top 50 the next two weeks to get into the Masters.