The Players Championship 2017 R2 { 135 images } Created 10 May 2017

David Hearn grabbed a share of the lead after the morning wave in round two with a 3-under 69. The 37-year-old carded five birdies on holes 2, 9, 12, 13 and 16 to counter two bogeys at holes 15 and 18.

Hearn’s best finish in five previous appearances at THE PLAYERS Championship is a T6 in 2014, and he has never missed a cut. In 2015, Hearn held a share of the 18-hole lead before settling for a T42 finish.

Making his 218th career start on the PGA TOUR this week, Hearn is in search of his first PGA TOUR victory. A T2 finish at the 2013 John Deere Classic and 2015 The Greenbrier Classic represent his top finishes.

If Hearn goes on to win, he would join Craig Perks (2002) and Tim Clark (2010) as the only players in PGA TOUR history to earn their first career victory at THE PLAYERS. Hearn is also looking to join Stephen Ames (2006) as the only Canadians to win THE PLAYERS.

In 2016, Hearn joined Graham DeLaet in representing Canada at the Olympics, where he finished T30.

In 17 starts on the PGA TOUR this season, Hearn’s best finish is a T17 at the Puerto Rico Open.

Rafa Cabrera Bello
Rafa Cabrera Bello, who missed the cut in his first start at THE PLAYERS in 2016, birdied three of his last four holes to join Hearn atop the leaderboard at 5-under after the morning wave in round two.

Cabrera Bello has yet to win a PGA TOUR tournament in 40 starts. Should he win this week, like Hearn, Cabrera Bello would join Craig Perks (2002) and Tim Clark (2010) as the only players to make THE PLAYERS their first PGA TOUR victory. His best finish on the PGA TOUR is a solo third at the 2016 World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play, where he defeated Rory McIlroy in the Consolation Match.

With a win, Cabrera Bello would join Sergio Garcia (2008) at the second Spaniard to win THE PLAYERS.

Cabrera Bello has four international victories, with his last coming at the 2012 Dubai Desert Classic.

In nine previous starts on the PGA TOUR this season, Cabrera Bello has one top-10 finish to his credit – a T10 at the CIMB Classic last October.

Jon Rahm
Following an opening-round, bogey-free, 4-under-par 68, 22-year-old Jon Rahm shot even par in round two after birdieing his final hole of the day for the second consecutive round. The Spaniard’s first round was one of four bogey-free rounds on Thursday. His second round included birdies on holes 11, 12, 2 and 9 with bogeys on 15, 17, 5 and 8.

With a victory at the age of 22, Rahm would surpass Adam Scott (23 years, 8 months, 12 days) as the youngest winner of THE PLAYERS. He would also become only the third player since the tournament moved to TPC Sawgrass in 1982 to win in their first start at THE PLAYERS and join Sergio Garcia (2008) as only the second player from Spain to win.

When he won the Farmers Insurance Open, he became just the second player to win in his tournament debut and first in 25 years.
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