After an earlier weather delay the third round of The PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP at TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course, was halted because of poor light. The third round will resume at 7:10 a.m. ET Sunday with eight players still on the course.
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At the close of play an unknown Swede, David Lingmerth was at the top of the leaderboard at -12 under par for the tournament. David still has one hole left to play to complete his memorable third round, at the moment he is -4 under par on the round.
Tied in second place are Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia and Tiger Woods, all at -10 under par. Henrik has completed 16 holes, and tomorrow faces the dreaded Island green of the par three 17th. Not a shot anyone would relish as their first strike of the day.
Sergio and Tiger, who were paired together for the third round have completed 14 holes, Sergio currently +1 over par on the day and Tiger is at even par. There has always been bad blood between the two players, and today was no different, they made sure they were miles apart, and there was no conversation between them at all. During Sergio’s backswing on number two, Tigers fans let out a great roar. The commotion lead Sergio to hit a poor shot, this is how he reported the incident later;
” It was my shot to hit. He moved all the crowd that he needed to move and I waited for that. I want to say that he didn’t see that I was ready. But you do have a feel when the other guy is going to hit.”
Tiger remarked to the reporters;
” It’s not surprising that he was complaining about something.”
When told of Tiger’s comment Sergio responded;
” That’s fine. At least I’m true to myself.”
Both of these guys will be desperate to partner the leader tomorrow, another round of the pair of them together will not be conducive to good golf, from either of them, as today’s round has proved. If either of them want a decent chance to win tomorrow, they will have to be separated.
Tomorrow will be long day out on the course, lets hope that the weather does not intervene again, and we get a good result tomorrow. One thing is for sure, it will be fascinating, especially if the leaders are tightly grouped and facing the par 3 17th.
Leading the bunch on -9 under par is 49 year-old Jeff Maggert, he put together the days best round, a -6 under 66, and is quietly confident of playing this course well;
” I felt like this golf course would kind of fall in to my favor, the way I’ve been hitting the ball this year, and it was just a matter of trying to make a few putts. It’s funny, the older I get, some of the struggles that I’ve been through, I joke a little bit about that. I’m still very competitive on the inside and want to play well every week, but it’s just tough, just trying to keep it together and keep your health in good shape.”