Tiger Woods signed for a 1-under-par 36-35=71 in the third round of THE PLAYERS, inching his way into a share of the lead with David Lingmerth and Sergio Garcia at 11-under 205.
Woods had a relatively quiet round on the scorecard, circling two birdies and squaring just one bogey. His second birdie fell Sunday morning at about the same time Lingmerth dropped a shot on 18, and Woods managed pars on 17 and 18. He's the odd man out of the final pairing, and will try and close the deal on his second win at TPC Sawgrass this afternoon alongside Casey Wittenberg.
Sergio Garcia settled for an even-par 36-36=72 in the third round of THE PLAYERS and is tied for the lead at 11-under 205 with Tiger Woods and David Lingmerth.
Garcia was the subject of conversation after making comments to the media alluding to the fact that Woods may have implored some gamesmanship just before Garcia struck his second shot on the par-5 second hole, leading to his first of four bogeys. With the tension thick on Sunday morning when the two completed their rounds. Garcia erased a bogey on 15 with back-to-back birdies on 16 and 17 to end his day. Maybe the best break for the Spaniard is that he will be paired with Lingmerth, and not Woods in the finale.
David Lingmerth finished off a 3-under-par 35-34=69 in the third round of THE PLAYERS with a bogey on the 18th hole Sunday morning, but leads the tournament at 11-under 205.
Lingmerth faced his share of adversity in his third lap around TPC Sawgrass, but immediately bounced back from three of his four bogeys on the very next hole. The only one he was unable to recover from fell at the 18th, which happened to be the only one he had to finish on Sunday. In all, he circled five birdies and an eagle while squaring four bogeys. The highlight of his round was an eagle from 8'2" on the par-5 16th.
The horn sounded for the second time during the third round of THE PLAYERS at 7:48 p.m. ET, this time due to darkness.
Among those stranded on the course is Lee Westwood. He went through the first 36 holes without a blemish, but made a double-bogey six on the opening hole after swinging and missing on his second shot from a native area. On the miss, he appeared to hurt his hand and confirmed to NBC on-course reporters that he was in some pain. Perhaps the break in the action to rest his hand is what he needs, as he is 3-over-par through 15 holes in his round. Everyone is chasing David Lingmerth. The rookie is 12-under through 17 holes and two clear of Tiger Woods, Sergio Garcia and Henrik Stenson. It was announced at the end of the live NBC telecast that the third round will resume at 7 a.m.
The third round of THE PLAYERS was suspended due to inclement weather at 4:09 p.m. ET. UPDATE: Play will resume at 6:00 p.m.
The horn blew just minutes after Jeff Overton signed for a 3-under-par 35-34=69, improving him to 6-under 210. It was known at the beginning of the day that the threat of thunderstorms existed in and around the Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. area. It is unknown at this time how quickly play will resume. When it does, Henrik Stenson will try and increase his one-stroke advantage over Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia.
Jeff Maggert lit up TPC Sawgrass for a 6-under-par 31-35=66 in the third round of THE PLAYERS, posting the lead in the clubhouse at 9-under 207.
Maggert kicked off his day with a short birdie on the par-5 second, then holed a seven-yard chip for a second birdie on the par-3 third. After a pair of pars, he heated up to birdie four of the next five holes, beginning with the par-4 sixth. His final birdie of the day fell from 7'2" on the par-5 16th before giving his lone stroke back at the difficult par-4 18th. Fred Funk was 48 years old when he won the 2005 PLAYERS and holds the record as the oldest winner. Should Maggert raise the crystal Sunday evening four his fourth PGA TOUR victory, he would set a new bar at 49.
Chris Stroud spun a 3-under-par 36-33=69 in the third round of THE PLAYERS, reaching the 54-hole mark at 5-under 211.
It was a pretty calm day for Stroud until he reached the 13th hole. With just two birdies and one bogey on the card, he stood on the tee at the par-3 13th with a 6-iron in hand and 186 yards separating him from the hole. He landed his approach short and right of the pin, then his ball caught a slope and rolled perfectly into the center of the cup. It was the second hole-in-one of the week, joining Michael Thompson's ace at the par-3 eighth in the opening round.