How hard is TPC Sawgrass playing? This PGA Tour pro was 20 strokes worse during second round of 2023 Players Championship

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