Day fires up as US star sets hot pace
JASON Day has surged up the leaderboard during the second round but former US Open winner Webb Simpson is threatening to run away with the Players Championship.
Day, the 2016 winner, fired a bogey-free round of five-under-par 67 and at eight-under he sits nine shots back from the lead.
Simpson is soaring at 15-under and has established a five-shot lead at TPC Sawgrass.
Taking advantage of calmer morning conditions, Day began his second round with two front-nine birdies before adding three more on his inward nine.
The former world No.1's approach play was stellar. He hit 15 of 18 greens in regulation despite hitting only seven of 14 fairways.
"It was nice to be able to get out there and shoot 67, five birdies, no bogeys," Day said after his round.
"I think I started tidying up a few of the areas I had (trouble with) last (week) and I think the swing is coming along.
"I just need to focus on the good progress I made and try and take it into the weekend."
Next best of the Australian contingent is Adam Scott, the 2004 Players champion, who picked up four shots to climb to seven-under the card.
Scott's countryman Marc Leishman is three shots back having carded a second straight 71, and Geoff Ogilvy ensured he would miss the cut with a 74 dropping him to eight-over.
Rounding out the Australian contingent is Cameron Smith (six-over) and Rod Pampling (seven-over).
Two-time Players champion Tiger Woods is expected to make the projected 36-hole cut of one-under right on the number after backing up his opening 72 with a 71.