Martin Kaymer holds a one-shot lead at the midway stage of The Players Championship, having shot a round of 69 on day two.

The rangy German built upon his scintillating form from day one to maintain his lead after 36 holes and move into a commanding position.

The former world number one carded a score of 63 on the opening day, equalling for the record for the lowest score ever made round Sawgrass, and although he wasn’t quite at that level today he will certainly be pleased with his display.

Kaymer made birdie on the fourth before dropping his first shot of the week at the par-four seventh.

He then made a further four birdies, on the ninth, 12th, 15th and 17th – only dropping one more shot over the course of his round.

However, although the score was impressive and sufficient enough to keep him in pole position to take the title on Sunday, he did see the gap between him and second place close up.

That owes largely thanks to the form of Jordan Spieth.

The American, who is still only 20-years-old, shot to golfing prominence at The Masters last month, where he finished second and he has continued his rich vein of form at Sawgrass.

After carding a score of 67 on opening day, to leave himself just behind the leaders, he went on to better that score by one in his second round.

Spieth made a faultless round, with three birdies coming on the front and the back-nine, to elevate himself right into contention.

If he is to claim the title here then it may not totally make up for his failure to capitalise on his first major title, but it will go some way to repairing any mental scars that that has left him with – even if there appears to be very few at the moment.

Spieth is still young and learning, but he is amongst the most exciting talents to ever emerge in the sport and victory at the tournament, regarded as the most prestigious on the PGA Tour would confirm his place in the golfing elite list.

Elsewhere in the field there were impressive performances from Jim Furyk – who shot up to tied fourth in the leaderboard – and Charl Schwartzel, who moved into contention with a round of 67.

It wasn’t such a good day for Rory McIlroy, though. The Irishman couldn’t find any sort of form on the front-nine, dropping six shots, but he did salvage his round somewhat with four birdies on the final nine holes.

It wasn’t enough to rekindle his hopes of winning the tournament, though, and, although he just made the cut mark of even par, he will be hugely disappointed by his score of 74 today.

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