What is going on with Rory McIlroy? Pete Dye is smiling knowing he’s sabotaged one of the best players in the game.” – Paul Azinger
“No other hole like it — that can just take the wind out of your sails in a heartbeat and just totally turn the whole feel of the championship around.” – Dan Hicks on Chad Ramey’s quadruple bogey on No. 17
“The weather is going to be a big factor…the players that who didn’t have to finish today caught a break.” – Paul McGinley on Live From The PLAYERS
Second Round Suspended Due to Inclement Weather – Coverage Resumes Saturday at 7 a.m. ET on GOLF Channel and Peacock – Third Round Coverage Begins 1 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock
STAMFORD, Conn. – March 10, 2023 – NBC Sports presented exclusive second round coverage of The PLAYERS Championship from The Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., on GOLF Channel and Peacock. Golf Central Live From The PLAYERS followed with post-round coverage. Play was suspended at 4:27 p.m. ET due to inclement weather.
Second round coverage will resume Saturday morning at 7 a.m. ET on GOLF Channel and Peacock. Third round coverage will begin at 1 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock.
Mike Tirico and Dan Hicks handled play-by-play duties, while Brad Faxon, Paul McGinley and Paul Azinger served as analysts. Curt Byrum, Steve Sands and Jimmy Roberts called holes and John Wood, Notah Begay III and Smylie Kaufman served as on-course reporters, while Damon Hack handled reports and interviews.
Rich Lerner, Brandel Chamblee and Paul McGinley anchored Live From The PLAYERS post-round coverage. Following are notes and quotes from today’s coverage.
PLAYERS Championship – Second Round Leaderboard
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*second round in progress
ON IMPACT OF JON RAHM’S WITHDRAWL DUE TO ILLNESS
Brad Faxon: “I think this puts Rory McIlroy and Scottie Scheffler at a real disadvantage. Pace of play difference and having to wait.”
John Wood: “As a caddie, when I had found out that Jon Rahm had withdrawn, I would have jumped on the internet to find a few things to talk about today and really get my guy to try and walk slower. I would get some sports stories, whatever my guy was into, because you know you’re going to get into some long waits and long talks.”
Paul McGinley on Live From: “I think the weather is going to be a big factor. I think the players that who didn’t have to finish today caught a break. There’s a lot of rain coming…there’s going to be a bit of give in the ground in the morning which will make the course play easier…the wind is still going to come, but the softer conditions will bring the cut back to +1…we may lose the likes of Justin Thomas and Shane Lowry who are sitting on the cut line.”
ON RORY MCILROY (+6, T-112th)
Paul Azinger: “What is going on with Rory McIlroy? Pete Dye is smiling knowing he’s sabotaged one of the best players in the game.”
ON SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER (-5, T-6th)
McGinley on Live From: “He really looks the part. He’s composed, he’s easy, he goes about his business, he’s hitting it well tee-to-green…he’s putting not particularly well, but it’s not bad.”
ON JUSTIN THOMAS (+2, T-68th)
Smylie Kaufman: “What’s weird is that he’s actually hit more fairways than greens. Normally, if Justin is in the fairway, he’s going to be able to attack. It’s very unusual, especially from 84 yards, to see him miss the green. I never see him do that.”
ON CHAD RAMEY (-4, T-8th)
Dan Hicks on Chad Ramey’s quadruple bogey on the 17th hole after two shots in the water: “No other hole like it — that can just take the wind out of your sails in a heartbeat and just totally turn the whole feel of the championship around.”
Rich Lerner on Live From: “Welcome to the House of Horrors at 17.”