Na, Kelly share top spot, Woods makes cut

Fri May 8, 2015 8:38pm EDT
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By Ben Everill

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida, (Reuters) - Americans Kevin Na and Jerry Kelly pushed their way to the lead and Tiger Woods sank a clutch birdie putt on his last hole to make the cut during the second round of the Players Championship on Friday.

Na backed up his opening round 67 with a three-under par 69 to move to eight under 136 at TPC Sawgrass.

Veteran Kelly, 48, surprised with an impressive 65 to join Na at the top while Americans Rickie Fowler (69) and Chris Kirk (68) plus South African Brenden Grace (67) and Canadian David Hearn (71) shared third, two shots back at six under.

Na held the 54-hole lead at the 2012 Players before fading into a tie for seventh.

The 31-year-old said he was much better equipped this time.

“I had the yips. It's pretty hard to play golf when you can't take the club back,” Na said.

“But I’m definitely a better golfer (now) ...

“I like this golf course. I always feel like when I come here that it's like, maybe this is my year again.”   Continued...

May 8, 2015; Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, USA; Kevin Na hits his tee shot on the 9th hole during the second round of The Players Championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass - Stadium Course. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports