Golf - Day leaves rivals in shade as darkness halts Players

Jason Day of Australia plays his shot from the 11th tee during the second round of THE PLAYERS Championship at the Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass on May 13, 2016 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images/AFP (AFP Photo/Mike Ehrmann)

- World number one Jason Day was poised to open up a big lead over his rivals at the US PGA Players Championship on Friday before his second round charge was halted by darkness. The Australian star, who tamed TPC Sawgrass with a nine-under-par 63 in the first round, was on course for another low score after sinking five birdies before play was stopped. Day headed to the clubhouse on 14-under with his final four second-round holes to be completed early Saturday. Barring a late collapse, Day should take a healthy advantage into the weekend, with nearest rival Shane Lowry of Ireland three shots back on 11 under after two rounds. The top performance Friday came from American Colt Knost, who fired a superb nine-under 63 which included 10 birdies.