Tiger Woods shot a four-under 68 and avoided back-to-back missed cuts.
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"I hit the ball well all day and really putted well today," Woods said. "I had good speed on the greens, and finally what I was seeing and what I was feeling were matching up on speeds, which was good."
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Woods has not won at Sawgrass since 2001.
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Matt Kuchar shot a four-under 68 to grab a share of the lead with Zach Johnson and Kevin Na.
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Johnson made five birdies on the back nine for a 66.
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Hunter Mahan missed the cut after rounds of 74 and 76.
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Ian Poulter had a share of the lead starting the day, but he backed up after a 76.
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Rickie Fowler made eight birdies and five bogeys for a 69.
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Phil Mickelson made an eagle, two birdies and three bogeys for a 71.
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Mickelson finished at two under par.
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No American has won the Players since Mickelson in 2007.
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Rory McIlory missed the cut for the third time at Sawgrass.
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"It's just a course that you have to figure out, and it's taken me a while," McIlroy said. "I'll come back next year, my fourth attempt, and try to make it to the weekend."
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Camilo Villegas nearly fell into the water on 18 after hitting his second shot.
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Luke Donald made two eagles in his round of three-under 69.
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Martin Laird was in the lead until he finished bogey, double bogey, bogey.
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Jonathan Byrd moved into contention with a two-under 70.
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Lee Westwood made five birdies and three bogeys for a 70.
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