Oosthuizen, Stanley share lead at Players Championship


Louis Osthuizen, of South Africa, follows his shot from the sixth tee during the second round of The Players Championship golf tournament Friday, May 12, 2017, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)


Kyle Stanley hits from the 14th fairway during the second round of The Players Championship golf tournament Friday, May 12, 2017 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)


Kyle Stanley watches his shot from the sixth tee during the second round of The Players Championship golf tournament Friday, May 12, 2017, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)


PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Louis Oosthuizen and Kyle Stanley each posted a 6-under 66 to share the lead at The Players Championship and made it more difficult for the top two players in the world to catch them.

Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy scrapped it around to finish at even par Friday morning, which left them five behind the early starters as the conditions began to get tougher in the afternoon at the TPC Sawgrass.

Oosthuizen and Stanley had the best scores of the round and were tied at 9-under 135.

The surprise was 54-year-old Vijay Singh with a 68 to get within three of the lead. As it was Jordan Spieth missing the cut for the third straight year.

Louis Osthuizen, of South Africa, follows his shot from the sixth tee during the second round of The Players Championship golf tournament Friday, May 12, 2017, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/05/web1_116558418-664fcd3909b643c487f4141a7fb979db.jpgLouis Osthuizen, of South Africa, follows his shot from the sixth tee during the second round of The Players Championship golf tournament Friday, May 12, 2017, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

Kyle Stanley hits from the 14th fairway during the second round of The Players Championship golf tournament Friday, May 12, 2017 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/05/web1_116558418-7cdb3e6e49d04880b5da751322ac9832.jpgKyle Stanley hits from the 14th fairway during the second round of The Players Championship golf tournament Friday, May 12, 2017 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Kyle Stanley watches his shot from the sixth tee during the second round of The Players Championship golf tournament Friday, May 12, 2017, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/05/web1_116558418-96338c76e467488f80237eb7692235f0.jpgKyle Stanley watches his shot from the sixth tee during the second round of The Players Championship golf tournament Friday, May 12, 2017, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)