Musselmann Tops a Crowded Leaderboard at the Players Am
Cooper Musselman (68-67) takes a one shot lead into round three<br>(Players Am photo)
Cooper Musselman (68-67) takes a one shot lead into round three
(Players Am photo)

BLUFFTON, SC – (July 14, 2017) High temperatures at Berkeley Hall didn’t equal high scores during the second round of the 18th annual Players Amateur held on the club’s North Course.

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University of Kentucky senior Cooper Musselman shot a bogey free 4-under on Friday for a two-day total 7-under 135. His round was good enough to end the day in the lead. Musselman wasn’t going to let the 92 degree temperature get the best of him, “The heat has been ridiculous, I am not really used to that,” said the Louisville, Kentucky native. “I am still trying to hydrate and get used to it. I have been drinking about a bottle of water a hole.”

Will Grimmer’s 6-under 65 was the low round of the day. The Ohio State junior went bogey free to go into the third round tied for second place with Theo Humphrey. Humphrey, a senior at Vanderbilt, shot 4-under to bring his two-day total to a 6-under 136.

Seven contestants are two behind the leader, including first round co-leader William Rainey, who rallied after carding a 9 on the par 4 #10. “For some reason, I really wasn’t that mad,” said the College of Charleston grad. “Sometimes when you make a really bad score you are not as mad as making a bogey or just a double.” He went on to birdie hole #11 and added two more birdies on the back nine to finish 1-under par to bring his two-day total to a 5-under 137.

In all, 29 players shot rounds in the 60s on the day, and 31 players are currently under par through two rounds.

Defending champion Cheng Jin shot a second-round 69 and is currently tied for 18th at two under par.

Results: Players Amateur
1FLPhilip KnowlesBradenton, FL120071-69-67-64=271*
2SCBryson NimmerBluffton, SC90069-69-65-68=271
T3ALPatrick MartinBirmingham, AL70069-69-70-64=272
T3CTTheo HumphreyGreenwich, CT70069-67-67-69=272
T5NCWilliam RaineyCharlotte, NC70067-70-69-67=273

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ABOUT THE Players Amateur

While competing in the 1999 US Amateur Championship at Pebble Beach, former US Walker Cup Team members, Duke Delcher and Tom McKnight discussed the formation of a premier 72-hole stroke play amateur golf tournament. The inaugural Players Amateur was held the next summer. Former British Open Champion, Ben Curtis, was the winner of the 2000 event.  In 2004, the Heritage Classic Foundation began running the event. The Heritage Classic Foundation was formed in 1987 as a 501 (c) (3), not- for-profit organization, it serves as the operational and financial oversight group for the PGA Tour RBC Heritage Classic. The Foundation distributes all charitable funds generated from the tournaments to charity. The winner of The Players Amateur gets an exemption into the PGA Tour RBC Heritage Classic, as well as the Master of the Amateurs tournament in Melbourne, Australia.

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