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Scheffler shines, Rahm out & McIlroy fades at Players

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The top three players in the world suffered contrasting fortunes as storms curtailed day two of the Players Championship at Sawgrass in Florida.

World number one Jon Rahm pulled out with a virus, while third-ranked Rory McIlroy looks set to miss the cut.

McIlroy is six over with eight holes left, while playing partner Scottie Scheffler is five under, one behind clubhouse leader Ben Griffin.

Christiaan Bezuidenhout and Adam Svensson lead the field on eight under.

South Africa’s Bezuidenhout has played 14 holes, while Canada’s Svensson has completed 11. Round two will resume at 07:00 (12:00 GMT) on Saturday.

And McIlroy will need to produce something special if he is to keep himself in the PGA Tour’s flagship tournament that he won in 2019.

The Northern Irishman toiled to a four-over-par 76 in round one and did little to improve his chances of making the final two rounds in the 10 holes he completed on Friday.

The nadir was a double-bogey six on the par-four sixth after knocking a 43-foot birdie putt twice as far off the front of the green and taking three more from there.

The cut mark is likely to come at around one or two over par, meaning McIlroy needs a fast start on Saturday.

In contrast, Scheffler cut a more serene figure as he improved his overall total to five under courtesy of successive birdies on the ninth and 10th holes.

A victory in the $25m (£21m) tournament would see Scheffler usurp Rahm, who shot a one-under 71 on Thursday before pulling out on Friday, at the top of the rankings.

More to follow.

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