Jason Day – back after time away to mark the passing of his mother Denning

Play in the second round of the US$20 million Players Championship at the TPC Sawgrass at Ponte Vedra Beach in Florida was again disrupted by rain deluges and storms and at the end of day two more than forty players are yet to complete even their first round.

The result of the disruption will ensure play must now go into Monday US time to complete golf’s richest tournament, Sunday reserved for what will be the completion of the opening round and hopefully round two.

That is still very much dependent however on weather playing its part which appears only a remote possibility at this stage, so the future of the 2022 version remains uncertain.

Tommy Fleetwood and Tom Hoge have the lead at this early stage the pair tied at 6 under 66 although Brice Garnett has joined them on that score although after holing out from the fairway for eagle at his 13th hole he still has five holes to complete.

Cameron Smith, Jason Day and Lucas Herbert lead the Australians at 3 under although Day and Smith have yet to start their second round and Herbert still has three holes to play of round one.

Day’s performance was made all the more impressive given the passing of his mother just ahead of last week’s Arnold Palmer Championship.

Smith who is a resident of Ponte Vedra Beach, has not played the event well previously but he is after all the game’s 10th ranked player and improving that standing each and every year.

Herbert is in his rookie season on the PGA Tour and after an outward nine of even par he birdied three of his first five holes on the back nine to be at 3 under and with the opportunity to pick up a shot or two on Sunday morning.

Marc Leishman is at 2 under though 14 holes, Cam Davis 1 under with one hole to play, as is New Zealander Danny Lee with six holes to play while Adam Scott opened with a round of 78 and Matt Jones 79.