Players Championship Golf
Webb Simpson has blown the chance to smash several Players Championship records held by Greg Norman and Jason Day during an otherwise historic round at TPC Sawgrass.
On day two at golf's unofficial fifth major, Simpson emerged as a runaway leader courtesy of a course record-equalling nine-under-par 63.
Simpson joined six others including Australians Day (2016) and Norman (1994) to post a 63 during the Players.
"Like a kid, you start laughing (because) everything is going in," Simpson said.
"It was just a fun day and it's rare, as a golfer, when everything comes together."
Former US Open winner Simpson was off to a flyer with an eagle at the par-5 second before nine birdies, including six straight from the 11th hole.
But disaster struck at the famous par-3 17th.
Simpson rinsed his tee shot in the water hazard surrounding the island green en route to a double-bogey 5.
Although it crippled his hopes of bagging the course record outright, Simpson did equal Day's 2016 record for the lowest 36-hole score of 129.
However, with a five-shot lead Simpson does surpass Day (four strokes) for the largest 36-hole lead in Players history.
"I don't think any lead is safe; especially not through 36 holes," Simpson said.
"It's a beautiful course in that there are birdie holes out there, but you can make bogeys or double bogeys just as easy."
Left in Simpson's wake are South Africa's Charl Schwartzel (66), American youngster Patrick Cantlay (68) and New Zealand's Danny Lee (66) sharing second at 10 under.
Meanwhile, Day fired a bogey-free 67 to be the leading Australian at eight-under.
"I think I started tidying up a few of the areas I had (trouble with) last (week) and I think the swing is coming along," Day said.
"I just need to focus on the good progress I made and try and take it into the weekend."
Day's countryman Adam Scott's 68 left him at seven under, while Marc Leishman (71) was five shots further back.
However, Cameron Smith (75, seven over), Geoff Ogilvy (74, eight over) and Rod Pampling (80, 10 over) missed the cut.