Simpson ties course record, takes 5-shot lead at Players


Webb Simpson holds up his ball on the 18th green during the second round of The Players Championship golf tournament Friday, May 11, 2018, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Webb Simpson holds up his ball on the 18th green during the second round of The Players Championship golf tournament Friday, May 11, 2018, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)


Webb Simpson shows his ball after making a birdie putt on the ninth hole during the second round of The Players Championship golf tournament Friday, May 11, 2018, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)


Charl Schwartzel, of South Africa, gestures after hitting from the eighth tee during the second round of The Players Championship golf tournament Friday, May 11, 2018, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)


PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Webb Simpson didn’t miss anything except the island green at the TPC Sawgrass.

Simpson was on the verge of shattering the course record at The Players Championship until he hit a gap wedge into the water on the notorious par-3 17th. He settled for a 9-under 63 to tie the course record, giving him a five-shot lead going into the weekend.

Simpson was the seventh player to shoot 63, the last five since 2013.

He was at 15-under 129, tying the 36-hole tournament record set by Jason Day two years ago.

Charl Schwartzel (66), Patrick Cantlay (68) and Danny Lee (66) were five behind.

Webb Simpson holds up his ball on the 18th green during the second round of The Players Championship golf tournament Friday, May 11, 2018, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/05/web1_120510767-cc91fc5d40d341ef8fde876bd1ac2bb7.jpgWebb Simpson holds up his ball on the 18th green during the second round of The Players Championship golf tournament Friday, May 11, 2018, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Webb Simpson shows his ball after making a birdie putt on the ninth hole during the second round of The Players Championship golf tournament Friday, May 11, 2018, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/05/web1_120510767-90ccf82986a84489b0973903f1deb073.jpgWebb Simpson shows his ball after making a birdie putt on the ninth hole during the second round of The Players Championship golf tournament Friday, May 11, 2018, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Charl Schwartzel, of South Africa, gestures after hitting from the eighth tee during the second round of The Players Championship golf tournament Friday, May 11, 2018, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/05/web1_120510767-799e39077b89428f9b07ef6310f12b65.jpgCharl Schwartzel, of South Africa, gestures after hitting from the eighth tee during the second round of The Players Championship golf tournament Friday, May 11, 2018, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)