Rory McIlroy made TPC Sawgrass his personal playground Friday after becoming just the second person to fire a 7-under 29 on the back nine.
The first person, coincidentally, was Shane Lowry, who accomplished the feat Thursday. Like McIlroy, Lowry is from fellow Northern Ireland.
McIlroy started his round on No. 10 and birdied his first four holes to quickly get to 4 under for the tournament.
Then, he birdied the par-4 15th hole and chipped in for eagle on the par-5 16th to get to 7 under on the day and 7 under for the tournament. That left him two shots back after starting the day nine shots behind leader Jason Day (-9).
McIlroy, 27, has been a bit up-and-down this season, but he remains one of the most dangerous players on tour. Fellow European Ryder Cup teammate, Ian Poulter, certainly was impressed with McIlroy's start to Round 2 of The Players Championship.
And it could have been even better. McIlroy had a 40-foot birdie putt on the par-3 17th come to rest just inches short of the hole. He then had a 24-foot putt on 18 to break the nine-hole scoring record at TPC Sawgrass. But he just missed again.
McIlroy is now on his back nine (the front) where he will try to break the course record — 9-under 63 — which Day tied in Thursday's Round 1.