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How hard is TPC Sawgrass playing in the second round of the 2023 Players Championship? Just ask Max McGreevy.

The 27-year-old, second-year PGA Tour pro shot 3-under 69 in the first round in Ponte Vedra Beach and was in great position on the leaderboard. That is, until Pete Dye’s Stadium Course fought back.

McGreevy, who finished T-33 in Puerto Rico last week and T-8 earlier this season in Bermuda, was 20 shots worse during Friday’s second round, carding a 17-over 89. Just as impressive was the birdie on his final hole, the par-5 ninth.

Two triples, three doubles and six bogeys amount to an 18-over mark through 17 holes. Triples at the par-4 14th and par-4 fifth. Doubles on Nos. 4, 6 and 8.

It equals the highest score at TPC Sawgrass in tournament history. Michael Campbell shot 89 in 2003.

A frustrating round, but at least it ended with a birdie. Even for the best players in the world, golf is hard.

And at least for McGreevy, he’s not at the bottom of the leaderboard.

Photos: 2023 Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass