Tiger Woods on Friday played like a man who wasn't going to miss consecutive cuts for the first time in his professional career.
World No. 1 Rory McIlroy played like a man who's still dazed and confused when it comes to architect Pete Dye's idiosyncratic TPC Sawgrass layout.
McIlroy has yet to play the weekend in three trips to The Players and left scratching his head on Friday after a round of 76.
"It's unbelievable," the 23-year-old Northern Irishman said.
"I shoot 14-under last week (losing in a playoff at Quail Hollow) and I feel like I hit it just the same this week, and I'm going home."
Such is the quirky nature of Sawgrass, a course that entices players with birdies, only to punish them with ugly numbers on their cards the moment they let their guard down.
Kevin Chappell, for instance, had an eagle, a birdie, a par, a bogey, a double bogey and a triple bogey, all on the front nine on Friday. In the first round, Jerry Kelly had a 2...